Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307593313
Branch Call Number: FIC M
Characteristics: 925 p. ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Rubin, Jay 1941-
Gabriel, Philip 1953-


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May 29, 2012
  • goatgirlnyc rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved this book! In the spirit of full disclosure I am a huge Haruki Murakami fan. I have been waiting years for the English translation to come out and I was not disappointed. Originally this book was serialized and sold as three separate books which individually were probably more pleasant to carry around than this almost 1,000 page tome which I toted around with me for a couple of weeks (not to mention how terribly difficult it was to read standing up on a crowded subway); but as the saying goes, "Anything in life worth having is worth working for!" Truer words have never been spoken when I think of the experience of reading 1Q84. I want to give away as little as possible because I feel, as with most Murakami books, the magic takes place as the story unfolds. There are 2 main protagonists that we follow and most of the book switches back and forth between these two main characters with each chapter. As usually there is that signature magic realism that for me has become so comfortingly familiar in a Murakami book and one that once I got to my last hundred pages or so, I slowed down my reading so I could stay there a little longer, lingering in that dream-like reality, savoring it for as long as I could. I highly recommend this book.

Mar 05, 2012
  • austinmurphy rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Like almost every Murakami novel I've read, this reminds me of a David Lynch movie; strange things happen, coincidences are found, not everything makes all that much sense, but for some reason it's all very moving and beautiful. There were a few lines that kept this from 5 stars for me; I think Tamaru says something at one point about "the distance between two human hearts", and I almost threw up. But in a 925 page book, a few bothersome lines is a tiny complaint. This was great. I recommend it.

Dec 29, 2011
  • jayblock rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

If new to Murakami, 1Q84 is a love story well told. For the Murakami reader, this will not be a disappointment. This is a twisting tale of in an alternate Japan seen through the eyes of a physical therapist who sides as an assassin of abusive men, and of a cram school math teacher who wishes to be a published fiction novelist. Full of detail, dreams and subtle insight, Murakami delivers a novel worth reading aloud.


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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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