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The year is 1Q84.

This is the real world, there is no doubt about that.

But in this world, there are two moons in the sky.

In this world, the fates of two people, Tengo and Aomame, are closely intertwined. They are each, in their own way, doing something very dangerous. And in this world, there seems no way to save them both.

Something extraordinary is starting.
Paperback, 554 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Shinchosha/Tsai Fong Books
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I don't know how he does it, but it's good. Really, really good. I was sucked into it from the very beginning and had a hard time putting it down. I can't wait to read the next volume.

Here, you'd see the master at work. His signature surrealism is there, as well as parallel narratives like in Hardboild Wonderland and the End of the World and Kafka on the Shore.

But Murakami does something new in this book. It's told in the third person point of view. And - get this - one of the main char
Darya Conmigo
The more I read Murakami, the more I understand that there are books that are about literature and then there are books that have nothing to do with literature as such. Books that aren't so much of story, character development or wording - although there is that, too - as they are little anti-death pills. You turn the last page, and for a little while your whole body, every single cell of it, remembers about its immortality. Let me try this another way: reading a Murakami book is like diving int ...more
Maria João Fernandes
Ano: 1984

AOMAME significa Ervilha Verde, nome que a atormentou ao longo da sua vida. Tem 30 anos, 1 metro e 68 centímetros de altura e não possui uma grama de gordura a mais no seu corpo musculado. O único pormenor que destoa a sua perfeição física são as suas orelhas, que diferem na forma e no tamanho: a orelha esquerda é muito maior e um pouco deformada. Contudo, na maior parte do tempo está escondida pelo seu cabelo.Apesar da sua beleza, é desprovida de expressões faciais e, por esta razão, o
Ik vraag me af, ergens diep van binnen, waar Murakami is. Eigenlijk. Stiekem. Dit is geen meesterwerk. Murakami's meesterwerken zijn al geschreven (Kafka op het Strand, Opwindvogelkronieken). Dit is een tegenvaller. Tot nu toe. Op naar Boek II.
Silvia Ribeiro
Primeiro volume devorado.
É muito difícil fazer uma critica a um livro de Murakami. Ou o podemos considerar genial ou simplesmente não ver nada de especial na sua escrita. Eu faço parte daqueles que se deleitam com as histórias e personagens que ele cria.
Supostamente passado em 1984 ou num mundo à parte (1Q84)conhecemos as duas personagens principais Aomame e Tengo e com o desenrolar do enredo vemos até que ponto as vidas de ambos se cruzam. Em que parte da história é que passámos além da realid
Maria Aravani
Τέλειο και πολύ ενδιαφέρον βιβλίο! Οι χαρακτήρες είναι ολοκληρωμένοι και η πραγματικότητα μπλέκεται άψογα με φανταστικά στοιχεία. Η πλοκή διαρκώς αλλάζει και οι εκπλήξεις διαδέχονται η μία την άλλη. Το επόμενο βιβλίο που θα διαβάσω είναι σίγουρα το δεύτερο και ανυπομονώ!
Luís Blue B.
Although not enjoy the series where each book is more like a long chapter of a work itself, "1Q84" is quite amazing.

In this first part, the analogies with "1984" by George Orwell are more subtle than that boasted, but the beauty of the book is not there. The complexity of the characters is contagious, it is easy to fall in love with them. Unlike works in which the mystery is the main theme to want to know more of each of the protagonists, here they reveal themselves without mummery or allocation
Antonina Sh
OK, it IS crazy. But Murakami-crazy, which means it's crazy-good!
Couldn't put it down, finished it in about 4-5 days, which already says a lot.

Пытаться писать отзыв о книгах Мураками - бесполезная затея для меня. Настолько они атмосферны. Их скорее ощущаешь, чем понимаешь. Не могу сказать - хорошо конкретно это и это. Могу сказать - Мураками пишет в каком-то другом измерении и поэтому мне близок. Потому что видимо я живу где-то в этом же измерении.
Непонятные мистические связи между причинами и
Jul 11, 2012 René rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who feel that there are subtle signs that the world we live in is not the real one
It helps to know a little about Murakami to properly appreciate this novel. I’m not versed in lit-crit, but I believe this is called “context”, or as the French say, “texte con” (if you are a grad student reading this thousands of years from now, please note that that was a joke and do not spawn silly theories on historically alternative meanings of the word “con”).

Murakami is a seasoned and dedicated runner, and draws many parallels from his joint universes of running and writing. In distance r
Double-sided stories are typical Murakami. We've already experienced this kind of Geminian adventures while reading "The end of the world & hardboiled wonderland" ... but this time it came as a Re-masterized 2010 story located in a unexisting 2-moon earth in 1984! Book # 1 happens to be an introduction to this sort of world, which at first seems to be the same old same we are used to live in, but as time passes, we find Aomame & Tengo inmersed in a sort of Orwellian1894 planet!
Dec 30, 2011 Kallierose added it
Shelves: abandoned
I'm sorry, but I just can't finish it. I'm 500 or so pages into it (out of 900!) and it's like pulling teeth to get myself to sit down and work on it. When reading a book feels like work, it's time to move on.

My New Year's resolution? To stop wasting time on books that I obviously do not like. No matter HOW good everyone else says it is. It's not quite New Year's Day yet, so admittedly I'm starting a little early, but really - this book is killing my love of reading.

It is incredibly repetitive.
Γιώτα Παπαδημακοπούλου
Ο Haruki Murakami είναι ίσως ο δημοφιλέστερος Ιάπωνας λογοτέχνης των ημερών μας και τα βιβλία του γίνονται best-sellers, από την πρώτη κι όλας μέρα κυκλοφορίας τους καθώς, οι φανατικοί του αναγνώστες του, είναι αναρίθμητοι. Όμως και στη χώρα μας οι θαυμαστές του δεν είναι λίγοι και οι εκδοτικοί που διεκδικούν κάθε νέο του βιβλίο, δεν είναι ούτε ένας, ούτε δύο. Έτσι λοιπόν, έπεσαν κορμιά στη μάχη της απόκτησης του πιο πρόσφατου έργου του, της τριλογίας που ακούει στον τίτλο, "1Q84", τα δικαιώματα ...more
Estou entusiasmada a ler este novo romance de Murakami dividido em 3 livros. O primeiro volume manteve-se dentro daquele tipo de narração de Murakami que eu gosto - a mais normal, sem pessoas a arrancar a pele a outras pessoas ou gatos abertos ao meio.
A história é intrigante mas não é completamente disparatada. Quer dizer, abriram-se portas para aparvalhar no segundo volume mas vou esperar que não seja levado ao extremo.
A diferença entre este livro e o Norwegian Wood de que eu tanto tinha gosta
Anja Weber
Mystery but so fascinating in the world of two moons. The age of Big brother and Liberal capitalism is visible in life of alienated people, alienated spaces, roads with no end..World in which is survival very hard because humans does not posses emotions just pure, strong animal will for power build in some strange, secret organizations. Truth about cloned society in doll of air ans mother and her child is really as something what maybe exist beyond next corner.
In such world love exist between tw
Léonard Gaya
1Q84, Livre 1 présente les récits parallèles de Aomamé et Tengo, deux personnages qui semblent ne rien avoir de commun : la première est une tueuse à gage, le second est un écrivain en mal d'inspiration. Mais plusieurs indices au long du roman nous laissent comprendre que leurs destins sont mêlés de manière obscure. Quel est le lien entre Fukaéri, jeune romancière énigmatique dont Tengo récrit le livre, et les victimes de violences masculines ou sectaires que Aomamé se charge d'envoyer "dans l'a ...more
Picked this up during my recent commitment to read more fiction. I haven't the foggiest idea why this book is so popular, or widely read. It's ill written, logically fallacious, and almost none of the events in the first couple hundred pages of this book are even remotely plausible. Wanted to throw the book across the room around the time the female protagonist assassinates someone by inserting a syringe into his brain stem at the 'perfect angle'. Blah.

This guy loves finding obscure and unknown
I haven't enjoyed Murakami for some years Re-reading those I've loved before made me wonder what interested me so much. I could only manage to read partway some of his new books. Somehow the current me just doesn't fit murakami. I was very reluctant to read this as well, 3 volume books when I can't even manage his short story? No way.

Bu I did start and somehow I kept on reading without being distracted by other things. I'm not having the giddy fan reaction anymore (unlike when I read wind-up bir
Kim Miner Litton
I was told that, to keep my moral up, I should count reading this hefty book as 3 books, since that is how it was originally published, rather than as one. I have now finished book one, which by American standards could not be called a stand alone book, but a long first act with diligent introductions.

I'm compelled to read on with this book, which is always a good sign, but there are red flags, the same I've read in other reviews. The detail by which things are described and the pace are complet
Murakami's first book to the 1Q84 series took most of the time to establish the setting and characters. The general plot development picks up sluggishly and occasionally, as I read Murakami's florid descriptions, I am left questioning, "What does this have to do with the overall storyline?" In addition, the format of alternating chapters can be quite exciting or tedious at certain periods. There will be times when both chapters have interesting events occurring at the same time, which makes the ...more
Haruki Murakami raped my soul.
I spent a week reading 1Q84 and feel that I wasted my time.
Murakami's attempt to be a post-modernist writer is pathetic and sad.
Unnecessary lesbian scenes, an entity with paranormal abilities (the little people) that does nothing but saying "Oh- Oh", unsolved murder cased, which have a common denominator, but being neglected by the author, over describing food and music, a simplistic love story which is being carried over 1000 pages, for nothing, and the ending of t
Feb 09, 2015 Annette rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Annette by: Paula Konstantinova
I read this book (more like devoured it) in just a matter of days, I thought it was going take me more time to read this first part.
Can't wait to read the next one! I have a few theories of my own and I more than eager to prove them!!
I can imagine there are avid Murakami readers who are eagerly waiting to have this book translated to English. It's good. From a personal standpoint, it talks of Kingdom come and Witnesses and neithless to say it definetely caught my attention, but I can see that this book would relate to many others in different aspects of the characters involved. I only wish to see that the English one comes out as soon as possible.
Nelson Zagalo
Provavelmente deveria avaliar apenas o todo, e não individualmente cada livro, por outro lado, esta foi a opção do autor, e por isso mesmo julgo que faz sentido procurar compreender se valeu a pena. Quando acabar os outros dois, logo verei se tem sentido alterar o que agora aqui escrevo.

1Q84 começa muito bem, Murakami escreve de forma deliciosa, entramos no seu universo, sentimo-nos acarinhados. A história evolui a um ritmo bastante interessante até meio do livro, altura em que começa a refrear.
Charlie Wall
This book has a good premise with poor execution. There are some weird yet deeply affecting scenes which kept me reading, but it really doesn't need to be three volumes long; I wonder where his editor was in all of this. The main issue that lets this book down is the dialogue. Maybe it's just how Japanese people speak and it doesn't make sense in translation, but characters frequently talk to each other in a way that seems completely unnatural and out of character. They exchange information they ...more
As always an amazing book of Murakami, with many puzzle pieces, connected with strange links together, but not complete, illogical in some places and confusing - which is however the aim. It`s a labyrinth inside labyrinth, complicated structure and very widely spread story, not as his previous novels. Some points I disliked:

I. the unclear references spread around without connection and arising many questions but no answer. (which was the aim)
II. The hard story too full of "violence" and some irr
I do not consider myself a fan of magical realism, but if we take them separately, I am a big fan of postmodernist realism and I appreciate the masterpieces of fantastical genre. As I noticed the recent marketing campaign for Haruki Murakami, the fact that he got more and more readers and that I did not read too many Japanese authors, I thought I will give it a try. I will say from the beginning that it wasn't that bad. Haruki's style is accessible, characters are intriguing and the fantastical ...more
Vous l’avez certainement déjà lu quelque part mais je dois bien m’y résoudre, le pitch est un passage obligé — vous excuserez donc ma concision qui aura l'avantage de ne pas trop en révéler sur l'histoire. Ce livre met en scène deux personnages. Un homme, Tengo, qui est un professeur de mathématiques qui écrit des romans. Une femme, Aomamé, qui est un professeur d'arts martiaux qui tue des gens — pas comme Bruce Lee, elle possède une technique bien particulière. Je vous épargne l'histoire de la ...more
Rafal Jasinski
Murakami, to dla mnie sprawdzona "marka". W "1Q84" autor nieśpiesznie zarysowuje fabułę, niemal niczego wprost nie zdradzając i pozostawiając wiele, bardzo wiele naszym domysłom. Wnioski, które wyciągamy przyprawiają o niepokojący dreszczyk, a masa niedomówień, z którymi pozostajemy pod koniec tomu pierwszego zwiększa apetyt na więcej, do nieomal nieznośnego poziomu. To malutkie, upchane poniekąd między wierszami elementy niesamowitości w realnym świecie, w połączeniu z niepewnością względem teg ...more
Cristina Delgado
Ao começar a ler este livro tive várias surpresas.
Em primeiro lugar, era a minha estreia com o escritor e estava curiosa, não só pela sua escrita mas pelo facto de já ter sido, por diversas vezes, favorito ao Nobel da Literatura. Contudo, tinha receio de ser um livro um tanto ou quanto aborrecido e de leitura lenta. Mas tal não se verificou, muito pelo contrário.

Gostei dos capítulos alternados das personagens, pois vamos acompanhando os dois simultaneamente. Mas por diversas vezes quis continua
Krvava Meri
Po prebrani prvi knjigi v trilogiji lahko rečem, da je Norveški gozd dobil resno konkurenco v natečaju za najljubše Murakamijevo delo. Čisto sem prevzeta. V zgodbo sem padla tako globoko, da jo sanjam v popoldanskih dremežih in ponoči opazujem luno, da ugotovim, v katerem svetu sem, 2014 ali 2Q14.

Resnično vrhunsko napisano, noben drug pisatelj me ne more s svojimi besedami odpeljati v sanjave meglice fantazije, kot to uspeva gospodu Murakamiju.
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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:

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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