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by Haruki Murakami

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Series: 1Q84 (1-3)

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8,605343924 (3.82)3 / 770
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.

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Simply stated, one of my top 3 favorite books of all time. The story is so big, all encompassing and imaginative, that I don't even know where or,how to review it. All I can say is if you like Murat ami and science fiction, neo - fiction, then you MUST read this boo k ( )
  BenM2023 | Nov 22, 2023 |
finally. ( )
  Readings.of.a.Slinky | Nov 20, 2023 |
I just finished writing Refuge for the Khymera, a science fiction book about an author who goes to a sci-fi convention and returns with an alien hiding in the trunk of his vehicle. After I published, I googled other fiction books about authors and came upon Murakami’s 1Q84. It was a lucky discovery. One of my favorite authors, Philip K. Dick, writes stories about the nature of reality and Murakami seems to be his Japanese soulmate. The story is very complex and very mysterious. It is also full of endless detail, which could be seen as an unnecessary distraction, but I think it draws the reader into this strange world. Murakami describes everything from sex to music to physical characteristics to mythical tales as if leading you down endless deadend streets away from the main plot highway. That, however, is part of the interest of this novel. You never know where he is going to next. My only complaint is that even at the end, I didn’t quite understand where I was. Was everything I just read what Tengo was writing in his sequel to Air Chrysalis? Whatever happened to so-and-so? Who the hell were the Little People? I’ll have to google the Cliff Notes and see what the experts think it all means. ( )
  drardavis | Oct 28, 2023 |
Don't let the 3 stars fool you. I did like the book. I really like Murakami's writing. I gave it 3 stars because I wasn't a big fan of the way that it ended. And I really can't pinpoint what it was either. It just didn't resonate. Also, this is not the book to start with if you have never read any of Murakami's work. Start with something like "Norwegian Wood" or "Kafka on The Shore". If you like those, then I would definitely recommend 1Q84. ( )
  everettroberts | Oct 20, 2023 |
This would have been five stars but for the awkward sex scenes and breast obsessions of the author. He's known for some unconventional or even disturbing sex scenes, but this book...it's jolting how bad they are. The Guardian gave the book a "Bad Sex" award, so I'm not the only one who feels this way. Some of it made me laugh out loud and took me away from the world built by the book. That ia never a good thing.

At the same time, the characters and story are compelling that I found myself sad when I was done reading the book. It's 900 plus pages and, true to Murakami's style, there is a lot of repetition (although to me, that's the point of his novels). I'd say - if you are a Murakami fan already, read the book. If not, don't start with this one. ( )
  Jeanne.Laure | Oct 3, 2023 |
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Murakami name-drops George Orwell's laugh-riot 1984 several times. Both books deal with the concept of manipulated realities. And while Murakami's book is more than three times as long, it's also more fun to read.
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As always, the experience is a bit like watching a Hollywood-influenced Japanese movie in a version that’s been dubbed by American actors. This time, sad to say, it also reminded me of stretches of the second season of Twin Peaks: familiar characters do familiar things, with the expected measure of weirdness, but David Lynch has squabbled with the network and left the show.
I finished 1Q84 feeling that its spiritual project was heroic and beautiful, that its central conflict involved a pitched battle between realism and unrealism (while being scrupulously fair to both sides), and that, in our own somewhat unreal times, younger readers, unlike me, would have no trouble at all believing in the existence of Little People and replicants. What they may have trouble with is the novel’s absolute faith in the transformative power of love.
One of the many longueurs in Haruki Murakami’s stupefying new novel, “1Q84,” sends the book’s heroine, a slender assassin named Aomame, into hiding. To sustain her through this period of isolation she is given an apartment, groceries and the entirety of Marcel Proust’s “Remembrance of Things Past.”

For pity’s sake, if you have that kind of spare time, follow her lead. Aomame has the chance to read a book that is long and demanding but well worth the effort. The very thought of Aomame’s situation will pain anyone stuck in the quicksand of “1Q84.” You, sucker, will wade through nearly 1,000 uneventful pages while discovering a Tokyo that has two moons and is controlled by creatures that emerge from the mouth of a dead goat. These creatures are called Little People. They are supposed to be very wise, even though the smartest thing they ever say is “Ho ho.”
1Q84 is psychologically unconvincing and morally unsavory, full of lacunas and loose ends, stuffed to the gills with everything but the kitchen sink and a coherent story. By every standard metric, it is gravely flawed. But, I admit, standard metrics are difficult to apply to Murakami. It's tempting to write that out of five stars, I'd give this book two moons.

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Haruki Murakamiprimary authorall editionscalculated
Dean, SuzanneCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gabriel, PhilipTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hiroto, AllisonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Holm, MetteTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rubin, JayTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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It's a Barnum and Bailey world,
just as phoney as it can be,
But it wouldn't be make-believe
if you believed in me

"It's Only a Paper Moon,"
~~ Billy Rose and E. Y. "Yip" Harburg
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The taxi's radio was tuned to a classical FM broadcast.
I'm taking you straight to bald heaven, nonstop.
Don't let appearances fool you. There's always only one reality.
Please remember: things are not what they seem.
Sit back, relax and enjoy the smell of evil
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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.

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Assassin, cult, love,
two moons over Tokyo.
"Not all wounds gush blood".

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