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1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
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1Q84 (original 2009; edition 2011)

by Haruki Murakami

Series: 1Q84 (1-2)

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Title:1Q84
Authors:Haruki Murakami
Info:Einaudi (2011), Hardcover
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1Q84 : books one and two by Haruki Murakami (2009)

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Diventa difficile esprimersi su un'opera cosi' monumentale e dalle mirabolanti invenzioni. I personaggi sono tuttavia didascalici, e molti punti focali sono trattati con una funzionalità che perde magia e non aggiunge scorrevolezza al romanzo. Anzi, si scopre l'artefatto e si vede come la trama possa continuare solo con queste forzature. Questo è quello che da lettore contesto a Murakami. Poi la trascrizione dei pensieri dei due protagonisti è davvero troppo letteraria.

In ogni modo, avere la gestione di questo mondo e portarlo avanti cosi' a lungo, in modo avvincente e completo, non e' da tutti.
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Feb 2013

Raramente rileggo libri, ma per iniziare il terzo libro era necessario avere chiari gli altri, e un poco a fatica mi sono ripermesso di nuovo queste 700 pagine.
Tuttavia, alla seconda lettura il libro acquista spessore, i personaggi profondita', la trama struttura.
Felice di averlo fatto.
Ora si puo' iniziare il terzo... ( )
  bobparr | Dec 14, 2014 |
As 10 year old school students, Tengo and Aomame share a "moment" which links them together even though they soon become separated. We meet them 20 years later each following their own path but their lives again become linked through their association with Sakigake, an alternative commune with mystical practices
The storyline is most unusual although engaging. I felt the writing somewhat stilted, but perhaps this is intentional. Also some unusual behaviours., such as Tengo,s response to older girlfriends abrupt ending of a relationship, or his reaction (or lack of) to his missing publisher. Or the taxi driver advising Aomame that the traffic is heavy on the road and perhaps she should go to the toilet before they leave!
The ending to book 2 was not very satisfying and hopefully book 3 will provide some answers. ( )
  TheWasp | Sep 6, 2014 |
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami is perhaps his most expansive and adventurous work yet. Two characters, who are inextricably linked, enter a version of the world in which there are two moons in the sky and that is just the beginning of the strange occurrences. The complex and shifting narrative continuously shifts between Aomame and Tengo (the two main characters so far) as Murakami explores all manner of varying themes: religion, murder, family love etc. This is then a typical Murakami book blending his love of reading, jazz, and his trademark magical realism.

This edition combines the first and second volumes. The first volume is much more an intricate telling of the two protagonists' lives, the minutiae of everyday life in Tokyo in spite of the shifting world around them. In the second volume, the magical realist elements become more prominent and the story gradually gains momentum, while maintaining its introspective feeling, looking at the daily lives of Aomame and Tengo. At times though it does seem repetitive but this serves to emphasise the daily lives of the protagonists, and Murakami's attention to detail.

A particular favourite excerpt was the "Town of the Cats" short story that served to encapsulate the magical realism and surrealism that permeates Murakami's writings. That piece alone is worth expanding and developing.

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  xuebi | May 30, 2014 |
For me, this book suffered from a lack of editing. Of course it may have been an intentional device, but there was just so much repetition and description in the first part (Book 1), that by the time something finally started to happen (well into Book 2), I couldn't care less who the Little People were, why there were two moons, and so on. It seems it was all about telling rather than showing, and that was a shame, as it made it very slow and uninteresting for me. I haven't read Book 3, but at a guess I'd say all three books could probably have been fitted into one thick one. I've previously really loved Murakami but I don't think I'll battle through Book 3 just for the sake of finishing the story. ( )
  evaberry | May 7, 2014 |
"Al centro del mio essere non c'è il vuoto. E nemmeno uno spazio arido e desolato. Al centro del mio essere c'è l'amore." ( )
  Kazegafukuhi | Aug 10, 2013 |
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It's a Barnum and Bailey world,
Just as phony as it can be,
But it wouldn't be make-believe
If you believed in me.
"It's Only a Paper Moon" (E.Y. Harburg & Harold Arlen)
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The taxi's radio was tuned to a Classical FM broadcast.
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Two moons in the sky.
She's irretrievably lost.
He's in the cat town.
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An ode to George Orwell's "1984" told in alternating male and female voices relates the stories of Aomame, an assassin for a secret organization who discovers that she has been transported to an alternate reality, and Tengo, a mathematics lecturer and novice writer.… (more)

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