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1Q84: Book 3 (2Q84) Kindle Edition

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"Murakami's magnum opus" Japan Times "1Q84 has a range and sophistication that surpasses anything else in his oeuvre. It is his most achieved novel; an epic in which form and content are neatly aligned... So like Murakami himself, I'll borrow from Orwell: 1Q84 is quite simply doubleplusgood" Independent on Sunday "1Q84 reads like a cross between Stieg Larsson and Roberto Bolano... In its bones, this novel is a thriller" Daily Telegraph "It is a work of maddening brilliance and gripping originality, deceptively casual in style, but vibrating with wit, intellect and ambition" -- Richard Lloyd Parry The Times "Which other author can remind you simultaneously of Fyodor Dostoyevsky and JK Rowling, not merely within the same chapter but on the same page? Viewed through the "post-modern" lens, his exemplary blend of a light touch and weighty themes, of high literature and popular entertainment, ticks every box. Posh and pop, sublimity and superficiality, history and fantasy, trash and transcendence: they switch positions and then fuse" -- Boyd Tonkin Independent

About the Author

Haruki Murakami is the author of many novels as well as short stories and non-fiction. His books include Norwegian Wood, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Kafka on the Shore, 1Q84, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage and The Strange Library. His work has been translated into more than 50 languages, and the most recent of his many international honours is the Jerusalem Prize.

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  • File Size: 2571 KB
  • Print Length: 466 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (October 25, 2011)
  • Publication Date: October 25, 2011
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005EWDA3I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,921 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto in 1949 and now lives near Tokyo. His work has been translated into more than fifty languages, and the most recent of his many international honors is the Jerusalem Prize, whose previous recipients include J. M. Coetzee, Milan Kundera, and V. S. Naipaul.

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By FictionFan TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 29, 2011
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Having found Books 1&2 to be, while very readable, rather overlong and unfocused, I approached Book 3 with some trepidation. I hoped that the author might expand on some of the themes introduced earlier and reach a satisfying conclusion.

In the end, I enjoyed Book 3 significantly more. Aomame and Tengo are still looking for each other, while Ushikawa is trying to find Aomame on behalf of the Sakigake cult. The book now alternates amongst these three characters.

The development of Ushikawa as one of the principal characters worked well, I thought. One of my reservations about the first volume was that both the lead characters were very passive - Ushikawa was more pro-active and this helped to move the somewhat flimsy plot along a bit more. By the end even Aomame and Tengo seemed finally willing to act to take control of their own lives - a very welcome development if long overdue. The conclusion was partially satisfying in that it provided a resolution for some of the characters; however, it still left some rather important plot elements hanging and some characters whom we had spent time getting to know were quietly dropped as if the author had lost interest in them.

Rather strangely, there was a different translator for Book 3, Philip Gabriel, and while still very good, I didn't feel he matched the excellence of Jay Rubin. Rubin's rendering was so flowing that I mainly forgot I was reading a translation, whereas I was often reminded of this in Book 3 when Gabriel would use an awkward or very westernised turn of phrase.

In summary, I still think the 3 books are seriously under-edited, would benefit from severe cutting of some of the unnecessary repetitions and fail to fully develop many of the themes that are touched on. However, the prose is very readable and the conclusion was rewarding enough that ultimately I am glad to have read them.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Craobh Rua on March 9, 2012
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1Q84 is a novel by Haruki Murakami, split over three volumes. Books 1 and 2 were first published in Japan in 2009, with the third volume appearing the following year. All three volumes were published in English in 2011 - Books 1 and 2, translated by Jay Rubin, were published as a single volume, with the third - translated by Philip Gabriel - following a couple of weeks later. The title is nod to George Orwell's 1984; the letter Q in Japanese is (I'm told) pronounced the same way as the number 9.

Where the action alternated between Aomame and Tengo in Books 1 and 2, they now share the spotlight with Ushikawa - who'd approached Tengo in Book 2, claiming to represent an arts body. It hadn't taken Tengo long to realise Ushikawa was connected to Sakigake in some way. Thanks to his starring role in Book 3, it's now clear he isn't an adherent but rather a hired PI. Following Leader's death, Tengo and Fuka-Eri are no longer his priority, and he's trying to track Aomame down. While he hasn't got a clue where she is - she spends the bulk of the book hiding in her safe house - he soon spots a connection between her and Tengo. So, with no other leads, he decides to stake out the budding young author...

Tengo, meanwhile, has now taken a little time off work to spend with his father. (Not that he's suddenly become a model son - he's just hoping to see Aomame in the Air Chrysalis again). Fuka-Eri is now hiding out his flat alone, and he occasionally checks in with a phone call. Although Air Chrysalis has now disappeared from the bestsellers' list and Komatsu appears to have gone AWOL, the book still has its devoted fans. (Komatsu's absence is a little mysterious; the official line is that he's off sick, though neither Tengo nor Komatsu's colleagues are entirely convinced.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christopher on March 3, 2014
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This is my first Murakami book and I was hoping to be blown away or at least exposed to a unique world that keeps you thinking about it long after the book is finished. This did not happen.

The book takes forever to pick up any steam and the characters are drawn out in very long story arcs which makes it feel as though you are continually waiting to understand them but do not until very late in the piece. On top of this he relies very heavily on similes and analogies to describe things, at times in almost a dull and predictable way, it seemed as though everything that was described in any detail was reminiscent of something else.

The story is silly. It introduces themes which at first you think are metaphors or cyphers for something else, a commentary of some wit and originality but alas he is just introducing 'little people', a belligerent force of unknown origin which is at times powerful and on other occasions useless as they are thwarted by simple inadequacies.

He is clearly just creating a view of woman and their libidos which suits his own poorly hidden desires. I pretty much gave up when the protagonist has sex with a pre-pubecent minor and it is justified in some phoney mystical way. Just a poor justification to air his own latent sexual desires.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Laffey on January 29, 2014
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A very surreal experience and very Japanese. This makes it interesting despite its shortcomings.

However if you (like me) are quite logical, you may be expecting the loose threads to all come together in a clear framework. This does not really happen completely. Having worked my way through the series I expected more of an explanation of the story.
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