- Series: Vintage International
- Paperback: 1184 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; Translation edition (May 15, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345802934
- ISBN-13: 978-0345802934
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 2.4 x 8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 1,868 customer reviews
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About the Author
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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I loved it. I listened to much of it via the audiobook on Audible, which was done excellently with collaborating voice actors. If I was only reading the book, without slipping into the audiobook when on the road, I think this may have been more difficult to get through.
Strange. Surreal. Hilarious. Weird sex scenes likely not to be found in other books. Cults. Questioning reality.
The audiobook included an interview with the two translators that worked on 1Q84 english translation. Strangely, one of them worked on the first two parts while the other worked on part three. Both of them worked alone, without collaboration by the sounds of it. Seems fitting for this weird story. I honestly couldn't tell in the audiobook, but perhaps I would have noticed a slight style difference if I was only reading it myself? Without the assistance of the voice actors persisting across all parts?
Definitely keeping a copy of it on my bookshelf, and I highly recommend the audiobook is one wants to experience another element to the storytelling. I've purchased a few of his other books that I'll need to read through next.
Those looking for a connection to Orwell's 1984 might be disappointed but I think Murakami's 1Q84 parallel world is even more interesting, certainly more incredible. There is no political dichotomy here but the struggle of the individual against the system continues, just rephrased in a modern context. Highly recommended!
But it also has a soul to it. I felt bad for these characters at times. And we see clearly the dark and light sides of humanity through their eyes.
I'm only subtracting one star since the last third drags on and on slower than a starving turtle.
The book is subtle. The strangeness is introduced like slowly bringing a crab to boil. It would come in waves and then suddenly disappear. This book is excellent but I would only recommend it to someone who truly loves literature, mostly because without that love this book would be quite a painful effort to read. The book never dragged on, but it persisted.
The audiobook version of this from Audible was also quite excellent, and unlike some other Audiobooks of works from this author, added to, rather than detracted from my enjoyment of the story.
I love anything he does and this certainly didn't do anything to diminish my profound respect for a great writer. If you haven't read Mr. Murakami begin with Norwegian Wood and then, then begin your journey into a surreal landscape of beauty and struggle that always plucks at the chords of our own human experience. In IQ84 at one point I began laughing because a man and woman who are caught in an alternate reality, lost to each other and following their own labyrinthine journey back or forward to each other, reminded me of story that I'd share with Haruki at that outdoor cafe. He is simply unique and brilliant. Try him!”