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1Q84: A novel by Haruki Murakami

1Q84: A novel (edition 2011)

by Haruki Murakami (Author), Jay Rubin (Translator), Philip Gabriel (Translator)

Series: 1Q84 (1-3)

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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.
Title:1Q84: A novel
Authors:Haruki Murakami (Author)
Other authors:Jay Rubin (Translator), Philip Gabriel (Translator)
Info:Knopf (2011), Edition: F First American Edition, 944 pages
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1Q84 by Haruki Murakami


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1Q84 brings us the clean writing style of Murakami entangled with a convoluted love story in interdimensional realities. The book has very noticeable ups and downs and those downs may put the reader off. If they don’t, prepare for a long read enriched with all imaginable literary genres: love, fantasy, horror, spionage, pop culture and murder. The stew is seasoned with sophisticated killings, a pinch of LGBT and BDSM fantasies (in the same and in separated fantasies), Lolita complex and pedophilia. Three or four spoonfuls of tormented family relationships (one for each character), two big chunks of religious conspiracies and being Murakami the Chef of this, music, literature and exercise liberally sprinkled all through.
I understand why the book can be disappointing to some. I myself love Murakami’s stories. When I open his books, I expect a clean preparation of some, just a few, ingredients, masterfully rendered together. I expect this:

But in 1q84, what we have is a pot of anything and everything available in the kitchen. You got this:

I guess it was up to the skills of Murakami to get something out of this. And to me, it came out really tasty, but with its too-bland and too-greasy moments.

Reading 1Q84 reminded me very much to running a marathon. Murakami is an avid long distance runner, as I am. I wondered many times if he had not artistically put the pace and feelings of the long run into the novel.
Like the marathon, 1Q84 starts slowly. Holding the pace. The first 10k… I mean… the first 200 pages, are just to get into it. Then, you increase pace but aware that you need to keep your energy… At this moment, your only goal is to get to 21K (or half of the story), where the most interesting things happen. You perceive every detail with an enlightened conscience; the ordinary becomes extraordinary and the extraordinary is ordinary. You are completely into it and nothing can stop you.
And suddenly, all that energy reserves you thought you had, those you were saving for the last half, vanish. The joy starts fading away and you start doubting yourself… Will you be able to do it? The marks (or chapters) start feeling longer and longer, like five times longer than usual… And you start fighting with yourself to keep going. The things, big and little, which you enjoyed in the first half become repetitive and dull and at about three quarters into it, you hit the wall.
After a while, you take the book again, and recover the rhythm. Sure, it is not as enjoyable as the first part, but it has a je ne sais quoi. Yes. You can understand it. And it is actually good. You start getting into it again and as the finish line approaches, you find yourself rushing to it with a smile in your face.
And you are done. And the feeling is fantastic. And you remember fondly each part of it, even the most painful or the most boring, because they make sense now.

Two metaphors: one about food, and one about sports. I think they transmit my feelings about the book. 1Q84 is very good. It lacks the smooth lacquer polish of [b:The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle|11275|The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle|Haruki Murakami|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1327872639s/11275.jpg|2531376] or [b:Kafka on the Shore|4929|Kafka on the Shore|Haruki Murakami|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1429638085s/4929.jpg|6191072]. I have to assume that it was a stylistic decision in order to make the characters more human and more committed than the epoche state of the protagonists in Murakami’s other novels. I also think that with a heavy scissored editing 1Q84 would have been raised to be a literary masterpiece. As published, it is a great book albeit difficult to recommend. I understand that it is not for everybody in substance or form.
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  cdagulleiro | Jul 3, 2024 |
(pensavo di avere la versione completa, invece mi manca il libro 3... ma che peccato!! non potrò finirlo)
libro deprimente,noioso,prolisso,ripetitivo ( )
  LLonaVahine | May 22, 2024 |
This book wear super long, super weird — which was fine — but sparked almost no joy in me. But I finished it. ( )
  RaynaPolsky | Apr 23, 2024 |
I hesitated reading 1Q84 as it is such a tome of a book. Picked it up on a whim, and surprisingly it is quite easy-going, easier than some much thinner books. Like other Murakami books, there's no need to ponder too much. Just go along with the ride and a helluva one it will be. ( )
  siok | Feb 17, 2024 |
Boom goes the dynamite. I finished it! Took me 44 days, but it never was really a slog. At its core, its a basic star crossed lovers, who met as children, moved apart and always thought of each other and wanted to find each other. But its Murakami, it can't be that simple, and it isn't. He's a struggling author who ghost writes a book by a girl who escapes from a religious cult, that's about these mysterious creature who are causing havoc. She's a fitness instructor who is also an assassin who grew up in another religious cult and some how gets transported to an alternate earth, maybe as a result of the mysterious creatures that He was writing about? Yeah its very weird but in a very good way. Even though I think it falls under my theory that once an author gets "too big for his britches", his editor can't keep him contained and large tomes are the result.

The book was originally published as 3 separate books, but when combined to 1157 pages, I think it could have used a bit of trimming. Some of the exposition might not have been entirely necessary. Despite that, I still enjoyed the book a lot, would recommend and Murakami continues to be one of those authors I will always read when given the opportunity.

Book Quote:
And is that why we joined our bodies? Tengo wanted to ask Fuka-Eri. In that wild storm last night. What did that mean? But he did not ask those questions, which might have been inappropriate, and which he knew she never would have answered.

If you can't understand it without an explanation, you can't understand it with an explanation, Tengo's father said somewhere. ( )
  mahsdad | Feb 10, 2024 |
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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.
added by WeeklyAlibi | editWeekly Alibi, John Bear (Jan 26, 2012)
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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Dean, SuzanneCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gabriel, PhilipTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hiroto, AllisonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Holm, MetteTranslatorsecondary 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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