1Q84

1Q84

eBook - 2011
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The long-awaited magnum opus from Haruki Murakami, in which this revered and bestselling author gives us his hypnotically addictive, mind-bending ode to George Orwell's 1984 .

The year is 1984. Aomame is riding in a taxi on the expressway, in a hurry to carry out an assignment. Her work is not the kind that can be discussed in public. When they get tied up in traffic, the taxi driver suggests a bizarre 'proposal' to her. Having no other choice she agrees, but as a result of her actions she starts to feel as though she is gradually becoming detached from the real world. She has been on a top secret mission, and her next job leads her to encounter the superhuman founder of a religious cult. Meanwhile, Tengo is leading a nondescript life but wishes to become a writer. He inadvertently becomes involved in a strange disturbance that develops over a literary prize. While Aomame and Tengo impact on each other in various ways, at times by accident and at times intentionally, they come closer and closer to meeting. Eventually the two of them notice that they are indispensable to each other. Is it possible for them to ever meet in the real world?
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2011
ISBN: 9780385669443
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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LadyDi52
Oct 05, 2017

I started out loving this book, a fascinating tennis game between two voices. I'm halfway through and I don't think I will finish it; the author repeats many of the details over and over, while he takes many chapters to flesh out the characters; but what is the most disturbing is that his focus becomes on under-age sex (older men with young girls) which makes it very apparent this book is written from a male perspective, so that the voices of the female heroines lose credibility for me.

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CJTroffe
Sep 12, 2017

The length of this book is intimidating, but it is a surprisingly easy read and once I was about a third the way through, I couldn't put it down.
I agree with other reviewers in that it was repetitive at times, however I enjoyed the detailed descriptions of the quirks of everyday life in Tokyo. The city really became the third main character in the story, with its own rich, developed personality. I don't think any tourism book could promote the richness, history, and edginess of Tokyo better and this book made me want to go there.
It is hard to describe what kind of a book this is; I would describe it as a love story augmented with action, murder, surrealism, and wonderfully slow building suspense right to the very end. It was an exciting ending. I recommend it!

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michellelee_0
Jul 28, 2016

This book was very slow. A lot of the chapters were filled with long descriptions of everyday activities (i.e. preparing dishes, riding a train, etc.). I've also seen from other reviews that the imagery of the female characters in this novel were highly sexualized (much to my chagrin). AND THE WHOLE THING ENDS WITH SO MANY QUESTIONS LEFT UNANSWERED. IF THERE IS GOING TO BE NO ANSWERS, WHY IS THERE 925 PAGES??

Aside from all that, many quotable lines in here that might reflect Murakami's own philosophy on life. There's much to take away from this book than the story itself.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 03, 2016

1Q84 was largely entertaining. At times it became bogged down under its own mass, but when the story was moving, it moved. Of the three books, the second was the most thrilling and insightful. The dialogue between Aomame and Tamaru at the end of the first book and into the second was captivating and became the force which propelled me to read further. This story is all about Aomame and Tengo, but I found some of the supporting characters so interesting that I wanted to know more about them.

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Filthy_Doves
Apr 26, 2016

Second favorite book by my favorite author, honestly couldn't put it down

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BookLady125
Dec 09, 2015

I read this for a book group and it isn't something I would have picked up on my own, but I am glad to have discovered it. It is hard to describe the plot because there is so much more going on than can be explained in a coherent way. I both read the print book and listened to the book on disc depending on what I had time for. I think the audio version did a good job of telling the male and female story using different readers. I can't say that I liked it or hated it. The ending didn't tie up all the loose ends and I still don't know who or what the Little People were. This book was a journey that was entertaining and thought-provoking. While the journey's end was not satisfying, I enjoyed getting there.

Last_Nights_Readings Nov 07, 2015

This book seems to draw the love it or hate it crowd. People were either praising it heavily with all the worship of a reader that can give to an author or they were racing through it to finish, or not finishing it at all.

I am of the lovers of Murakami. I am already biased and into his style of writing before reading anything of his. I will always be a loyal reader and love his words. I cannot recommend him enough. If you are a fan, I will advise to start reading. If you are not a fan, take Murakami a little at a time. 1Q84 in English was printed as 1 book, while in Japan, it was in 3 books. Keep that in mind! I thought I would never finish but I did.

Tea recommended for this book is Red Velvet Cake Tea by David's Tea for it's alluring tea notes, and both it's complexity and simplicity, just like 1Q84. This tea will have you love it in allowing you to sit back and ponder a thing or two about this world.

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MplsPeggy
Aug 02, 2015

This book came highly recommended to me by 2 friends. While I enjoyed it immensely at the start, I found that it dragged on, becoming repetitive at times. I even felt that the author was growing weary of the story, continuing to provide detailed descriptions of every moment but offering very little explanation of the more fanciful sci-fi aspects of the plot. Characters simply KNEW their hypotheses to be true. In the end, the book amused me but I was relieved to finish it.

MusicListener Jul 23, 2015

Don't know if I understood the book, but I loved the surreal writing style.

adasilva7 Jun 25, 2015

This is a novel unlike any other I have ever read. Murakami is now one of my new favourite authors. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes a bit a mystery, a bit of the supernatural and excellent storytelling.

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daydreamer6O4 Dec 19, 2016

“If you can love someone with your whole heart, even one person, then there's salvation in life. Even if you can't get together with that person.”

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michellelee_0
Jul 28, 2016

"If you can't understand it without an explanation, you can't understand it with an explanation. "

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sky123
Mar 05, 2015

... And a flash of lightning lit up this truth for me, right in front of my eyes. that night I lost you, I also lost something inside me. Or perhaps several things. Something central to my existence, the very support for who I am as a person... It was no longer the blazing anger I used to have It had transformed into something more like a faintly colored sorrow..." "I can't feel the pure, intense anger I used to have anymore ..." "It hasn't completely disappeared, but like you said, it has withdrawn to someplace far away. For years this anger has occupied a large part of me. It's been what has driven me." "Like a merciless coachman who never rests ..." p934-5

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john_doh17
Oct 26, 2014

Either I'm funny or the world's funny. I don't know which. The bottle and the lid don't fit. It could be the bottle's fault or the lid's fault. In either case there's no denying that the fit is bad pg 111.

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john_doh17
Oct 26, 2014

People need things like that to go on living-mental landscapes that have meaning for them, even if hey can't explain them in words. Part of why we live is to come up with explanations for these things. Pg 516

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john_doh17
Oct 26, 2014

It is not that the meaning cannot be explained, but there are certain meanings that are lost forever the moment they are explained in words. Pg 466

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john_doh17
Oct 26, 2014

If you can't understand it without an explanation, you can't understand it with an explanation. Pg 413

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kn1226
May 28, 2014

You can't generalize about pain. Each kind of pain has its own characteristics. To rephrase Tolstoy's famous line, all happiness is alike, but each pain is painful in its own way.

singsangsung333 Jul 28, 2013

"The most important thing is to maintain balance between the constantly moving good and evil. If you lean too much in either direction, it becomes difficult to maintain actual morals."

crooked_kate Jul 28, 2012

True, rewriting the past probably had almost no meaning, Tengo felt. His older girlfriend had been right about that. No matter how passionately or minutely he might attempt to rewrite the past, the general circumstances in which he found himself would remain generally unchanged. Time had the power to cancel all changes wrought by human artifice, overwriting all new revisions with further revisions, returning the flow to its original course. A few minor facts might be changed, but Tengo would still be Tengo.

What Tengo would have to do, it seemed was take a hard look at the past while standing at the crossroads of the present. Then he could create a future, as though he were rewriting the past. (Part II, p. 364)

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michellelee_0
Jul 28, 2016

Star-crossed lovers and their search for each other in the midst of getting tangled up with murders and cults in a new fantasy world.

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elinpat
Apr 24, 2012

Fantasy takes place in Japan. Parallel worlds. A page turner and a love story.

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