A complete year since I read this book, and I still haven't gotten over the beautiful imagery this book has created in my head. The narrative, the ploA complete year since I read this book, and I still haven't gotten over the beautiful imagery this book has created in my head. The narrative, the plot, the various challenges and above all, the love story which creates a longing a any readers head, are all so beautiful that am now planning to re-read this book!
I read it again now, in Feb 2014, and I still feel the same. Beautiful etching of all the characters, a certain mystic feel to each of them, a grey side to them all and a wonderful, timeless love story amidst all the magic... I loved every single page of this book, the second time. I really can't wait for someone to make a movie out of this book... I can't wait to see the beautiful elements like Pool of Tears, Jars with smells and Wishing tree on the silver screen. ...more
Wandering , I was lost in the big almost-bad , never-ending world of books, YA novels and some dumb series , fluttering from book to book, wondering wWandering , I was lost in the big almost-bad , never-ending world of books, YA novels and some dumb series , fluttering from book to book, wondering where in my book-journey I lost a purpose and where I had forgotten all about my favourite style of writing and the worlds I'd live to get lost in and worrying about what my next book would be like and telling myself that quantity is never better than quality but still piling on the number of books I read per month and questioning my own attention span ... And that is when Murakami happened. Almost every time he happened, he managed to fill my head with unimaginable worlds and beautiful paired sentences and aptly used words... Thus showing me what the joy of reading is all about!
Like how they say that when you are in love, every step you take in your life is so that it might take you closer to your love (am refraining to use a reference from the book here, something which Aomame does towards the end of the book), every book I read this year so far was to get me closer to this book – Murakami’s 1Q84.
It was to read this long a book with complete dedication that I spent weekends and weekdays maniacally reading all other books in my To-Read list. The sheer size of this book was deterring me, and I was questioning myself if I would persist enough to finish this book at all and if my restlessness take a upper hand from the love I have for Murakami. Well, turns out my love for Murakami , his words and the worlds he creates for me is greater than anything else!
At the core of 1Q84 is a beautiful hopeful love story, something very deep and soul-touching, taking course over an year, 1984. Well, Murakami has his way with words for sure, can do a great job with love stories and his translator does a good job too, but what is better than the love story in this book is the way it shapes up. The characters that are introduced in the midst of all the action in Aomame’s and Tengo’s lives, the worlds they exist in, the individual characteristics of each of these characters , their purpose in the book, and the sheer world he created in this story… each of these are brilliant. Murakami sure did give a lot of thought on how he would develop each character, where he would end them, how they would play according to his wishes in 1Q84 and what impressions they will leave in our minds.
I will rate this book as one of the best books of this century. I’ll even go ahead and say, this can be a Must-Read for any fan of the Magic Realism genre.
No, don’t attribute this to my undying love for Murakami . Read this book for yourself, get lost in the world he created, try to find your way back to reality like how Aomame does and then sit back in wonder and recount all the happenings of this book, and the time you lost in reading it, which gives its 900 odd pages is nothing. Yes, time just flies when you are reading this book. You’ll feel like you’ve lived through an entire year yourselves, lived both Aomame and Tengo’s lives, been to the world of The Little People by yourself, and even wish for your own Air Chrysalis.
There is an obvious Orwell reference, and something to do with pasts and remembering it as well, but this book is not dystopian. Its magic realism with tonnes of learning embedded in it. If not anything else, you’ll come back richer with knowledge reading up on all the references he gives for a varied set of music, movies and books. And yes, you’ll listen to Janáček's Sinfonietta a zillion times to understand the different undertones to it! And not to forget the haunting feeling you’ll get every time you make a decision in your life, leaving behind another world… its like being opened to a whole new world of What-ifs.
Word of caution though, if you have never read Murakami, or do not like his style of writing, you MUST not read this book. It will only turn you against him, something my poor heart cannot bear! ;-)
Certainly not as great as the Potter books but not as bad as the Twilight series as well, Cremer can for sure write, much much better than Meyer, espeCertainly not as great as the Potter books but not as bad as the Twilight series as well, Cremer can for sure write, much much better than Meyer, especially when she is describing the chemistry between the lead characters. however, I found couple of loose ends in the book, some logical flaws or points that could've had more explanation. The world of the Guardians, Keepers, Searchers and Haldis is dealt in decent detail and the pack wisdom looks well researched, including the words used to describe the wolves' behavior. I am still going to read the rest of the books in the series purely to answer the guilty pleasure craving. ...more
**spoiler alert** An ADORABLE little book written about a little girl's brush with Forever, I totally loved reading every word of it. Every line is fu**spoiler alert** An ADORABLE little book written about a little girl's brush with Forever, I totally loved reading every word of it. Every line is full of happiness or something positive making you wish or feel like you were in a beautiful land, full of woods and springs and happy people.
Read this book if you like all things happy. And like a friend wrote in her review for the book, it is indeed possible to write about people living forever without having to make it look perverted like how Stephanie Meyer did. And yes, living forever sure looks good, but is against nature, and this book tells us all about that... LOVED it!...more
The book started off on quite an interesting note, and the plot looked intriguing too. But after reading and persisting it so long, am suddenly at losThe book started off on quite an interesting note, and the plot looked intriguing too. But after reading and persisting it so long, am suddenly at loss for a will to finish it. May be I will watch the movie. ...more
2.5 actually, but I am giving it a benefit of doubt, just in case I wasnt in a mood for something of this type.
This is a retelling of a Grimm brothers2.5 actually, but I am giving it a benefit of doubt, just in case I wasnt in a mood for something of this type.
This is a retelling of a Grimm brothers fairy tale, and I must say, that this is a half-hearted job. There are some changes to the original fairy but the language or the style of story telling is my first crib. Could've certainly been better.
I would recommend reading this book if you really are bored and don't know what to do with their time. But then again, you can always read better books....more
Ugh. I had trouble finishing this book. After reading 50% till where the pace was decent, I was left wondering where this book is going at all, and whUgh. I had trouble finishing this book. After reading 50% till where the pace was decent, I was left wondering where this book is going at all, and why I was still reading it. If only, the story came to a decent conclusion in this book... but yeah, am still not reading the rest in this series. ...more
Imagine how it would be if you could slip into the world of your favorite book. Or if characters from your favorite books would come into reality. NowImagine how it would be if you could slip into the world of your favorite book. Or if characters from your favorite books would come into reality. Now add a dash of time-travel an entire nation obsessed with literature, possibility of customizing pets and some such crazily delightful ideas. Well, that's the world Fforde creates for you. As one of the reviews rightly said, this is a mix of all good things about 1984 , H2G2, fantasy world and anything else that has kept u up at nights with excitement.
Thursday Next reminded me of Ford Perfect. Time travel made mr wish it was true. Hades reminded me of Voldemort though not as awesome and evil as the latter and fantasy made me wish I was slipping into my favorite books.
Read it if you are a 'bookworm'. Read it if u savor ur books way after u read them. Read this book if you have ever read a book and wished you could change its ending. If u love books, just read this one! ...more
A very cute little book about a girl's journey to return her dead dad's remains to where they belong. I've always been a fan of Oliver's writing, and wA very cute little book about a girl's journey to return her dead dad's remains to where they belong. I've always been a fan of Oliver's writing, and what I loved most in this book is that there is a latent sense of honesty in the writing. Its something you'll notice as you read the book. Its something that's embedded into Po's, Mo's and Will's characters. And of course, the author's note at the end of the book also added to it.
Pick it up if you are looking for a nice , happy kinda read on a boring afternoon....more