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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...more
Hardcover, 925 pages
Published October 25th 2011 by Knopf (first published 2009)
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Kristin
I just finished 1Q84 and already I've begun to notice strange peculiarities in the world around me. As I closed the book and stood up, I looked around my shabby apartment. Same walls, same badly painted walls, same James Dean poster, but something seemed off. Something infinitesimal. The walls seemed closer or were they further away? And James, wasn't there a cigarette clasped between your lips before? Now you're just staring off into space with that amazing, casual air of indifference. I shut m...more
Desiree
I guess I can now write this review since I've settled down from doing a victory lap around my house as a result of completing this steaming pile of hot garbage. Maybe before I totally slam the book, I should say what I did like but to be honest there was very little to like. The plot wasn't bad. The love story & connection between Tengo & Aomame was somewhat cute. I could roll with all this. What blows my mind is that Murakami felt he needed 900+ pages to drag this whole shebang out. Th...more
Marius

So, Love transcends dimensions...

And something interesting:

Breakdown of a Murakami novel
Stephen M
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Eddie Watkins
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Alisan
Oct 06, 2011 Alisan marked it as to-read
"Reading a Murakami book is like diving into the ocean only to discover that you have always been a fish. Things suddenly start making sense"
Megha

If you aren't already enamored with Murakami's writing, I recommend not reading 1Q84 - unless what you want is a treasure hunt for some simple Japanese recipes. 1Q84 is actually a test to see how much Murakami fans are willing to put up with. And the test is a tough one.

The first part of the book is nothing short of what you expect from Murakami. But towards the middle it really begins to sag with tedious, mundane descriptions. One reviewer called it memory-insultingly repetitive and that's not...more
Arielle Walker
WARNING: This review turns into a hugely disparaging rant about how much I disliked the book. I may still read other works by the author but found this particular one so terrible that I must vent my frustration. If you loved this book then please don't take offence!

1Q84 is undoubtedly the biggest literary let-down I have ever come across. The synopsis and plot outline sound fascinating, the reviews have been glowing - am I (trying to) read a different 1Q84 than everyone else?

Apparently not, ju...more
Daniel
Begone, ye overblown romance: to the M's with ye, and there ye shall stay.

No more will I be forced to read about the "ample breasts" of mysterious, mute women; never again will I be witness to "sexual encounters" that are just a "concept," not the actual bumping of uglies that occurs when a man puts his penis inside of a woman's vagina.

Banished will be the sporty assassinatrix who winds down by having one-night stands with bald-headed men; the stocky writer who oscillates between mathematics an...more
Ian Paganus
My Sunken Book Review

My real review, my Sunken Book Review, complete with unreliable Maps and Legends (not to mention Narrators), is here:

http://www.goodreads.com/story/show/2...

Only go there if you are a child who likes to be spoiled.

It's like a treasure hunt in a secret room.

Or a pirate ship laden with booty.

The Little People have tried unsuccessfully to sink it without trace.

They managed to sink it, but I have traced it again.


My Superficial Book Review

Have you ever been intoxicated by a book?...more
Sean
Sean

I must confess that this is my first bold step into the world of Haruki Murakami. After roughly four weeks, my journey through the world of 1Q84 has come to end. I was unfamiliar with this author until this massive yet stunningly beautiful book showed up on the new releases table at the bookstore. I then learned that this author (famous in Japan but relatively unknown in America) titled this book as play on George Orwell’s 1984 (one of my favorites). So I decided to brave the 984 pages.


1Q84

T...more
Kevin Xu
This book is possibly the best book I have read of all times. It has everything that anyone would want in a book because it is composed of a little of every genre. The book has so many symbolisms and imageries that no one can figure it all out in the first read.

The book is like all of Haruki Murakami's past books where it is about self discovery of the main character. This time it is about how two long lost lovers find each others to the point that they were meant for each other. The book is ab...more
Richard
I bought this shortly after New Year's. I can tell you from what bookstore I bought it. I could point out approximately (but not exactly) the rack from which I selected it. I remember the person who accompanied me at the time. I don't know exactly what I was wearing—but it was probably a sweater of some sort with a t-shirt underneath, worn but serviceable dress pants and well polished brown or black shoes. I know that my clothes were fitting well, and were not too snug, because my recent efforts...more
Garima

By the time one decides to read their third or fourth Murakami book, a certain set of expectations already springs up in the form of a private blurb statement which readily signifies that the emergence of a familiar pattern is lined up ahead. A pattern where rearrangement of different elements become inevitable but the prospect of discovering something new turns out to be the key reason for returning to a world where 'suspension of disbelief' is duly carved at the entry point. Whether that world...more
jo
Jan 28, 2012 jo rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: murakami devotees
Shelves: east-asia
i'm 100 pages from the end but i won't finish this. i've been assaulted enough. oh why why why do we let books assault us so? because they show themselves to us in sheep's clothing, and we trust them. this fuzzy, sweet muzzled sheep cannot possibly brutalize me -- can it? can it?

this book is relentlessly brutal. the narrative is stretched to its stretchable maximum. there is no good reason for this. i suppose that, if you are a murakami fan and like to hear the sound of his voice, there will be...more
James
Still mulling it over but below is the jumble of my initial thoughts.

Cons...

"There’s a kernel of compelling story buried somewhere in 1Q84, but digging through the layers of tone-deaf dialogue, turgid description, and unyielding plot just isn’t worth the strain."--Christian Williams

* Reflective dialog that does nothing more than parrot gets tedious.
* Tension expands like a rapidly inflating balloon only to escape like a quiet moment of flatulence at the end.
* Desperately wanting for tighter edit...more
Nate D
Updated, April 2012. Long theory explained in the spoiler section in the middle...

The odd thing about this book is that whether I like it or hate it hinges on a particular point of interpretation, one that I'm not really sure is meant to be dissected the way I'm doing. As such, I literally can't tell if this is a good book operating by rather obscure and crafty methods, or a bad, actually rather reprehensible book, operating by more straight-forward means. The fact that it's Murakami, someone I'...more
Nags
Phew. Reading this book is like being in a bad marriage but you can't decide if it's actually bad or not. It started out fantastic. I was engrossed in it and couldn't wait to get home from work every day to just cuddle up with the book in hand. Somewhere along the way, I lost a bit of interest and started thinking about the other unread books in my list. I was tempted to cheat but persevered and gave it my full attention. Some days were great, some days were bad. Some so bad that I skimmed. Ther...more
K.D. Absolutely
Dec 03, 2013 K.D. Absolutely rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2012 only)
This is my 9th Haruki Murakami and for me, this book is not really different from those earlier eight. The two alternating narrators (1 for each chapter up to the end of Book 2), Tengo and Aomame reminded me of the interspersing but parallel stories he used in Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World (2 stars). Maybe to make this book a bit different (Wiki says he wrote this for 4 full years), he added the third narrator, Ushikawa whose role seemed to be the most interesting only because...more
Joel
This is the first new Murakami book since I started reading Murakami.

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About six months after I finished this book, and I've just lowered the rating. Why, why have I done this? 1Q84 was a Murakami marathon, and by the time I finally finished it, I think I was experiencing a runner's high. Now I've started to notice all the associated aches and pains.

Like, why was this marathon so long? It was certainly a lot longer than 26 miles, and even then, I am pretty sure I ran a bunch of those miles twic...more
Jason
5 Stars
Haruki Murakami may well be the most technically gifted story teller in the world today. I am such a huge fan, and love every minute that I spend in his imaginative worlds. His works bend genre lines, and twist between fantasy, science fiction, historical literature, and fairy tale in nature. He writes novels that transport the reader to places that they have never been before. This book 1Q84, is no exception. It is a love story that transcends time and space and questions reality itself....more
RandomAnthony
Reading Murakami's 1Q84 provides a solid middle school reading rate word problem:

1Q84 run 925 pages. If you read thirty pages a night, how long will you need to read the novel?

Diving into this novel is a commitment. So is the extensive investment of time necessary for full 1Q84 immersion worthwhile? Yes. More than yes, if you're a fan of Murakami's steady, meditative pacing. No, if you're not. Within the first twenty pages you'll know where you stand.

1Q84 is arguably Murakami's most action-orie...more
Rick Riordan
I'd heard it was a difficult read, and certainly it is long, at well over 900 pages, but I find that I'm flying through it. Murakami knows how to keep the pages turning with a brilliant mix of mystery, fantasy and intrigue. Two characters, Aomame and Tengu, find themselves slipping into an alternate version of the world in 1984 -- a world Aomame names 1Q84. What is causing this shift, and whom can they trust? Those are just some of the questions facing them. The book reminds me of Orwell, of cou...more
Aloha
1Q84, a tome of a book, at surface may seem like a wordy almost 1000 pages that is too long. Its depth might escape a lot of people as a big book with a bunch of words with nothing going on. However, the crafty Haruki Murakami fooled them with its web of subtle complexity. Upon analysis, this is a clever and playful work of epic proportion, saying much without shouting at the reader. Instead, this intelligent and knowledgeable writer cradled the reader gently, lulling the reader with the dreamy,...more
Praveen


“According to Aristophanes in Plato's The Banquet, in the ancient world of legend there were three types of people.
In ancient times people weren't simply male or female, but one of three types: male/male, male/female or female/female. In other words, each person was made out of the components of two people. Everyone was happy with this arrangement and never really gave it much thought. But then God took a knife and cut everyone in half, right down the middle. So after that the world was divided...more
Jamie Bradway
I hate this book. I have the time to continue, but am disinclined. It's always tough with translated literature to criticize the author's skill, but if this bears any resemblance to the original structure I think it might be a prank by Murakami.

It may have been a fun, writer-ly exercise to draw a stark contrast in style with an author/editor character. As Tengo is working to edit one author's spare, ungrammatical text, revising his own writing style in the process to be more concise, Murakami dw...more
Ellie
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami is wonderful, familiar Murakami-land... taken to new levels. The story, the characters, the themes, everything both separately and taken together is incredibly satisfying. There are cults, children, and a permeable boundary between "reality" and the supernatural. There is everything Murakami fans expect and want from their Murakami-plus. The love story is touching, the characters more than usually well-drawn, and the plot/s interesting. It drags a bit occasionally in the...more
Marvin
Nov 04, 2011 Marvin rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
Murakami's new opus, 1Q84 is already being called his masterpiece by the professional reviewers. I think they may be on to something. Here's why.

Murakami's artistic vision continues to develop. In the past, his novels could be arguably divided into two areas: 1) The romance, usually in the natural world and usually headed for sorrow, and 2) The existential fantasy where the world is lop-sided in magical realism with the protagonist struggling to understand the surreal. In 1Q84 he finally manages...more
oriana
Because I am an idiot (and because it was way cheaper), I bought this massive weapon of a book in a single volume, rather than the super-portable trilogy edition. It's been staring at me reproachfully for weeks, so I finally took a big Cutco knife to it and DIY'd it into two volumes. I haven't had to do that since I read Infinite Jest, but it was totally worth it.

***

Checking in after finishing tonight, it seems that I spent five full weeks with this book, which is longer than I've spent with any...more
Jenn(ifer)
Dear Haruki,
Despite what I'm about to say, I want you to know that I still love your writing and will continue reading everything you publish until the day you stop writing or I stop breathing, whichever comes first.
Love, Me.

That being said, I think it's unfortunate that the powers that be at Knopf decided to release this as one volume. I found myself saying again and again, "this is so damn LONG!" It would work better as 3 short novels, as was the original intention of the author. I also think...more
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