- Publisher: Harvill Secker
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1846556694
- ISBN-13: 978-1846556692
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.9 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1,356 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,959,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1Q84: Books 1, 2 and 3 Paperback
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As always with his novels, it is of little value to attempt a plot summary. Cults and Little People and two moons? Yep, sounds like Murakami. In fact you can open the book to any section and after a few minutes know that you can be reading no author other than Murakami. It is a highly unusual voice, and comes through as distinctively in this as in his other books.
There are two main characters, a man and a woman who knew each other as children. Both had typically Murakami odd lonely childhoods, and though they haven't seen each other since they were young, both continue to remember the other with a particular intensity. In alternating chapters we follow the lives of these two, and soon we figure out that their stories are slowly (oh so slowly) leading towards each other.
As always, I am immensely enjoying reading this book. But I do have reservations. The book is too long, maybe 1/3rd too long. A typical feature in his books is to present an idea, an object, a reference from one perspective, and then repeat it, often multiple times, from other perspectives. Only through these repeated narrow views does the reader begin to piece together the true import of what is being presented. This layering of perspectives, added to the unusual nature of what is being seen, is core to the world Murakami unveils to us in his fiction. The problem in this book is that the perspectives are over-layered and at some point lose their power.Read more ›
There are images in this novel that will stay with me for years.
I'm a big fan and this is certainly one of his best novels, right there with works like The Wind Up Bird Chronicle, Norwegian Wood, and Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World. Like all those works, reading the novel felt like slowly sinking into a well of dreams, and being enveloped in a mood of curiosity and off hand beauty/absurdity.
Some of the early reviews seem to be complaining about the book being repetitious, and the characters being too passive. All I can say is, this must be the first Murakami books you've read. This describes many of his books.
The passivity of the characters is actually essential to this book which deals with a world bereft of meaningful stories, and people susceptible to meaning that gives the false impression of depth [cults in this case].
Repetition is a form of making real in Murakami. The meanings are in the images, the images often begin as shadows, the novel takes those shadows and through echoes like a jazz song it breaths life into them: sometimes quite literally as in his book Hard Boiled Wonderland. I love it, but someone not used to it might find it odd.
As far as the more fantastic elements, I'll let Murakami speak for himself:
"I don't want to persuade the reader that it's a real thing; I want to show it as it is. In a sense, I'm telling those readers that it's just a story--it's fake.Read more ›
I'm currently 720 pages in and have resorted to skipping whole paragraphs. Why I feel the need to continue despite a blossoming blase could perhaps best be explained by my previous Murakami experience- I first read all of his books within a span of 10 days using a flood light outside of my hotel in Singapore. Despite this I just can't see the point of 1Q84 (other than length, of course). Put simply, 1Q84 is a meandering odyssey to nowhere in particular.
Reading 1Q84, you'll find that many of Murakami's "trademarks" are present: the contrast of an ultra-sentimental/nostalgic (natsukashii -_-) love story to its surreal sci-fiesque backdrop; minute details of each character's appearance and daily routine to make up for an otherwise flat individual; allusions to Western artists galore. What 1Q84 fails to provide is something to tie everything together into a neat little package to make me care what happens. The two main characters are eternally and subliminally united by troubled youths, voided personalities, and a single hand grab decades prior to the events of the story.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The author delights in creating and weaving elaborate mysteries and then just leaves them on the side of the road unfinished. Read morePublished 2 days ago by AK
Great book, but it could have been 300 pages shorter and not loose much in my opinion. First time I have read a Japanese author. Thought it was great translation. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Conrad Rauh
One of murakamis finest, iq84 captivates from start to finish. A completely original, creative story that expertly crosses between reality and fiction and makes you want to run... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Bassem Nimah
Once I got into the book a ways, I couldn't put it down. Stayed up all night reading it.Published 8 days ago by Mary P
Convoluted & impossible to narrow down, long as it was I was afraid of it ending. Being translated from Japanese some of the prose was a bit idiomatic but even that added to the... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Joseph L
I'm only around halfway through it, but it's clear to me know why Murakami is often referred to as the greatest living Japanese author. IQ84 is monumental in scope. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Todd Womble
A long and drawn out book that goes in loops of repetition. It fails to have any strong movements in the plot as each forward action is precluded by two characters repeating the... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Kelci D.