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1Q84 (1Q84 #1-3)

3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  120,221 Ratings  ·  12,510 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
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ebook, 1108 pages
Published October 25th 2011 by Vintage (first published April 16th 2010)
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Gabriela Bandacu For me, at the beginning the book seamed uninteresting but I gave it a try...So to my surprise, the plot has a "boule de neige" effect, it develops…moreFor me, at the beginning the book seamed uninteresting but I gave it a try...So to my surprise, the plot has a "boule de neige" effect, it develops along your reading process and you cannot stop thinking what will happen next. I personally haven't read for a long time a book with such an amazing style; imagine yourself like a detective in a crime scene where you have to pay attention to each detail in order for you to go to have one or more hypothesis.The author implants a thought in your mind and in the next chapter you will have to think of something else - but you still feel wonderfully "fooled". (less)
Dierregi Off topic, I gave up "Once start, finish the book" behaviour. Life's too short to punish myself with reading books I dislike :-)

On topic, I read first…more
Off topic, I gave up "Once start, finish the book" behaviour. Life's too short to punish myself with reading books I dislike :-)

On topic, I read first "Norwegian Wood" and then "South of the border...". "Norwegian Wood" was interesting in a gloomy sort of way. The story made sense (kind of). "South of the border..." was more of a missed opportunity for me, but at least it was short.

1Q84 was recommended by my brother, but I am pretty sure it is the last Murakami I am going to read. I finished the first two books and I understand that this is pretty much the whole story, as other readers complained about repetitions and the third book being useless.

It is already pretty repetitive so far, and going in all directions (broken families, ghost-writers, beautiful assassins, gay bodyguards, dyslexic teenagers, religious freaks, weird private investigators, etc...), plus the fantasy, creepy elements (little people, two moons, etc..)

In my opinion, far too much material and half baked. The Tengo-Aoname story should have been the core of the book. The last part of book 2 reminded me a bit of Doctor Zivago, when the two main characters just miss each other. But it is underdevelopped, and the star-crossed lovers theme is weak.

I just found it hard to believe in their deep feelings, both because they did not bother to look for someone they loved in 20 years and because they were sleeping around so much. It is very convenient to be so in love with a ghost, while enjoying casual sex with everybody. Their attitude spoiled the romance angle.(less)

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Kristin Myrtle
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
Feb 09, 2014 Desiree rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Not a single person
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
Jan 27, 2012 Marius rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

So, Love transcends dimensions...

And something interesting:

Breakdown of a Murakami novel
Alisan
Oct 06, 2011 Alisan marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
"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"
Arielle Walker
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, judging by the far-too-few reviews that sum up my feelings towards this nothing of a book. One of my favourite lines from one of my favourite of these frew reviews is as follows, from theatlantic.com: "It's hard to believe that some of the critics praising 1Q84 didn't
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Stephen M
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Megha
Mar 18, 2012 Megha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews

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
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Eddie Watkins
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Daniel
Feb 11, 2012 Daniel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Ian Vinogradus
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?
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Kevin Xu
Feb 06, 2012 Kevin Xu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
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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

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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
Rick Riordan
Dec 04, 2013 Rick Riordan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
jo
Jan 28, 2012 jo rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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Nate D
Apr 12, 2012 Nate D rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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'
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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
Jason
Dec 01, 2011 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2011
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.
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James
Nov 12, 2011 James rated it liked it
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
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K.D. Absolutely
Dec 03, 2013 K.D. Absolutely rated it it was ok  ·  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
Andrew Smith
Jun 01, 2016 Andrew Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An epic, magnificent and surreal love story. A quiet maths teacher realises he loves a girl he has barely spoken to who, unbeknown to him, has become a contract killer. The story unfolds through the eyes of these two and a third character. It moves slowly - well, it's got plenty of room at something like 1200 pages - and sometimes nothing of any consequence happens for quite some time. The whole thing is complex and surprising. It's beautifully told and I found myself able to accept and even wel ...more
j
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
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Jamie Bradway
Sep 22, 2015 Jamie Bradway rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned, tob-2012
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
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Franco  Santos
Dec 04, 2015 Franco Santos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Franco by: Vero
Un canto a la soledad y al desencuentro. Un canto a la necesidad y a ese agujero que muchos tenemos en el corazón. El vacío que solo puede ser ocupado por una persona. Aquella que se aleja con cada designo del Destino, entre las risas del Amor y la Esperanza, que no tienen piedad con dos almas que luchan por tocarse una vez más y así sentir la refulgente efervescencia que, como un guiño y un paso al costado, se les ha concedido para el espectáculo.

Este es un libro que se burla y escupe y maltrat
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RandomAnthony
Dec 05, 2011 RandomAnthony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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Zach
Nov 11, 2014 Zach rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, fantasy, horror
Aomame, a small-breasted woman, is an assassin who targets men who mistreat women. Tengo, a large man, teaches math, and is a writer. Tengo, the large man, and Aomame, the small-breasted woman, once held hands as children, and although they have not seen each other in the twenty years since, they are still soul mates. Tengo, the math teacher, becomes embroiled in a conspiracy to re-write the novella “Air Chrysalis,” by Fuka-Eri, a large-breasted teenager, which is a good story written poorly. Te ...more
Joanne Harris
Having read so many Murakami books, I suppose I ought to know what to expect by now: but the enduring joy of this writer is his ability to wrongfoot, mislead and beguile. Don't read one of his books with the expectation of either a linear plot or a Western-style conclusion: the conclusions, if there are any, are for the readers to draw for themselves. To me, it's an existential love story; a parable about regret; a fantasy of identity and escape: Murakami's most Kafka-esque story so far. But bey ...more
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Haruki Murakami (Japanese: 村上 春樹) is a popular contemporary Japanese writer and translator. His work has been described as 'easily accessible, yet profoundly complex'. He can be located on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/harukimuraka...

Since childhood, Murakami has been heavily influenced by Western culture, particularly Western music and literature. He grew up reading a range of works by Am
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