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1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
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Dec 15, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: 21st-century, kindle-ebooks, japan, read-in-2011, islands
Read from November 21 to 27, 2011

It's an interesting mediation (like other Haruki Murakami books) on the nature of time and perception. What does it mean to climb down the rabbit hole to a place that is kind of like your previous life, but not quite? How do you get back? Are the other people sharing your same experiences? How many moons do you see? Is the line between alone and lonely different than the line between alive and dead?

In 1Q84, I think Murakami is answering those questions for himself and you, well, your going to have to find your own answers for whatever path in whatever world you're on, because the answers for his world, the number of moons in his world, may be different than yours. The chapters alternate between the major characters and don't neatly dove-tail into each other because time is running differently for the different characters and don't necessarily line up. No one missing is truly lost. The level of detail includes the contents of each meal the characters eat (what no recipes?) and how they slept every night. You, the reader, will find this either too confusing for words or it will wash over you and you will find yourself trying to rescue the important things from the flood.

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