1q84

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Alfred A. Knopf, 2011 - Fiction - 925 pages
915 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—1Q84is 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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Great characters, promising plot, good writing. - Goodreads
Just look at the leery, clumsy portrayal of women. - Goodreads
In the end, 1Q84 is a fantasy love story. - Goodreads
The sex scenes are really bad. - Goodreads
I deserve a better ending! - Goodreads
Most of the problem isn't with the pacing. - Goodreads

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

User Review  - Griffin-ashe Peralta - Goodreads

This book created a conflict in me... I both loved and hated this book. I had to learn to separate aesthetic from ethic. As always with Murakami, the prose is beautiful, and the book is full of great ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Judy Rose - Goodreads

“It's just that you're about to do something out of the ordinary. And after you do something like that, the everyday look of things might seem to change a little. Things may look different to you than ... 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 forty 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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