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1Q84 (Buch 1, 2): Roman by Haruki Murakami
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1Q84 (Buch 1, 2): Roman (original 2009; edition 2012)

by Haruki Murakami, Ursula Gräfe (Übersetzer)

Series: 1Q84 (1-2)

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Title:1Q84 (Buch 1, 2): Roman
Authors:Haruki Murakami
Other authors:Ursula Gräfe (Übersetzer)
Info:btb Verlag (2012), Taschenbuch, 1024 Seiten
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1Q84 : books one and two by Haruki Murakami (2009)

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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 |
(Note: I've tried to avoid spoilers, except those which are already given on the book's cover!)

Imagine the following scenario: the young Lewis Carroll's publisher is sent Alice's Adventures Through the Looking Glass as an entry for a prestigious writer's prize. He contacts Carroll, and finally cajoles him into doing a major rewrite of the book, as it's "a compelling story but badly written". Carroll insists on meeting Alice first, to get her agreement to this 'publishing fraud'. Alice turns out to be a beautiful but very enigmatic and taciturn young girl; after meeting Carroll, she agrees to the project.
Carroll becomes absorbed in the story, and his rewrite of it. The book wins the prize, becomes a best-seller, and Alice becomes a media darling. Then she disappears suddenly. Carroll has already found himself drawn into her life, but more than that - he is drawn into the very world she depicts in her story…
This, in essence, is the meat of one half of Murakami's classic. The names of course are different (the novel has nothing to do with Lewis Carroll or Alice - that was just my reviewer's fantasy), but the creation of a fantastical 'other world', which is contained within this one, is one of Murakami's trademarks.
The other half of the novel is the story of a young woman who - at the prompting of an eccentric wealthy dowager, commits acts of 'final revenge' upon men who have irredeemably committed acts of unspeakable violence against women. This young woman - Aomame - at first seems to be entirely separate from Tengo (the young writer), and Murakami alternates chapters between each of them. As the story develops however, we find that the two are inextricably linked, stemming back to a moment in a classroom when both were 10 years old, even though their lives diverged after that.
1Q84 is Murakami's classic. As the virtual inventor of the magic realism genre, he brilliantly constructs a believable world where the boundaries of fiction and reality blur. To give just one example : after Tengo gradually realises that he is in the world depicted by Fuka-Eri (the "Alice" character), he recognises that there are elements of it that weren't in her original story, but which he himself had added as part of his rewrite. Aomame, too, finds disturbing differences in the familiar world (policemens' uniforms have suddenly changed, for example), and spends time in the library reading past newspaper reports trying to find out major events she "knows" didn't actually happen, at least, not in the world she is familiar with. And she sees two moons in the sky…
Murakami's genius is to bring utterly surreal elements - complete fantasy - into our everyday world, and make them believable. His characters continue to commute to work, prepare and eat meals, form relationships and have sex; everything in fact, which one would expect from a standard work. His central characters are, as always, self-aware and self-critical, yet outsiders too : they live in our everyday ordinary world, but somehow stand apart in some way. Tengo had an unhappy childhood and prefers to live on his own, with few luxuries and contented with his spare life: a frustrated maths genius and would-be author who teaches in a cram school. Aomame is even more stripped down; despite being a highly competent martial arts instructor, her apartment is bare, and she forms very few relationships. She loves only the 'boy in the classroom she met when she was 10 years old', but she doesn't try to find him, believing they may someday 'meet by chance'.
Murakami blends the fictional and the real together, weaves the mundane and the fantastic seamlessly, such that you never feel for even a moment that you are not in the real, everyday world. You enter the lives of his ordinary yet extraordinary characters and you know them. You ARE them. That's his genius. ( )
  Tid | Jul 25, 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.
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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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