1Q84 (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Oct 25, 2011 - Fiction - 944 pages
2770 Reviews
“Murakami is like a magician who explains what he’s doing as he performs the trick and still makes you believe he has supernatural powers . . . But while anyone can tell a story that resembles a dream, it's the rare artist, like this one, who can make us feel that we are dreaming it ourselves.” —The New York Times Book Review
The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver’s enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 —“Q is for ‘question mark.’ A world that bears a question.” Meanwhile, an aspiring writer named Tengo takes on a suspect ghostwriting project. He becomes so wrapped up with the work and its unusual author that, soon, his previously placid life begins to come unraveled.

As Aomame’s and Tengo’s narratives converge over the course of this single year, we learn of the profound and tangled connections that bind them ever closer: a beautiful, dyslexic teenage girl with a unique vision; a mysterious religious cult that instigated a shoot-out with the metropolitan police; a reclusive, wealthy dowager who runs a shelter for abused women; a hideously ugly private investigator; a mild-mannered yet ruthlessly efficient bodyguard; and a peculiarly insistent television-fee collector.

A love story, a mystery, a fantasy, a novel of self-discovery, a dystopia to rival George Orwell’s—1Q84 is Haruki Murakami’s most ambitious undertaking yet: an instant best seller in his native Japan, and a tremendous feat of imagination from one of our most revered contemporary writers.

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I enjoy Murakami's prose and writing style. - Goodreads
I'm angry at the ending. - Goodreads
In the end, 1Q84 is a fantasy love story. - Goodreads
The pacing of the book threw me, initially. - Goodreads
Long, but easy to read. - Goodreads
In the end, the plot was predictable and trite. - Goodreads

Review: 1Q84 (1Q84 #1-3)

User Review  - Jenny Song - Goodreads

I wanted to like this book, especially given the investment in time it took to read it. 1200 pages later I finished it and felt unsatisfied. As with his other books, Murakami leaves most threads ... Read full review

Review: 1Q84 (1Q84 #1-3)

User Review  - Emily Davis - Goodreads

This is a long, mysterious, weird book. And I loved it. I constantly had the feeling of while one question was getting answered, 10 more were getting asked as the saga unfolded and then unfolded some ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto in 1949 and now lives near Tokyo. His work has been translated into more than fifty languages, and the most recent of his many international honors is the Jerusalem Prize, whose previous recipients include J. M. Coetzee, Milan Kundera, and V. S. Naipaul.

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