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1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
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Dec 30, 11

bookshelves: mainstream, literary
Read in December, 2011

2.5 stars

As 1Q84‘s characters seek the truth of a manuscript whose subject matter is utterly absurd, merrily slip between dimensions to apply whichever reality allows the novel to press forward (a dimension where it’s possible to walk through doors certainly helps breaking and entering), and wax lyrical about whether Chekhov’s gun should be fired, there’s a topic that the novel frequently touches upon: the fact that the people of Japan have made the strange and demented Air Chrysalis a huge success simply because it’s the cool thing to do. Given that the characters frequently remark on the book’s odd title (the misuse of “chrysalis” vs “cocoon”) and the fact that the reading population will buy anything they’re told to, one can’t help but wonder whether Murakami is making a (very, very long-winded) statement about his readers.

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