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1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
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Jan 05, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: 2012
Read from January 25 to March 02, 2012

For as long as 1Q84 is, I never felt like it was dragging or getting bogged down. It's the first Murakami book I read, so I can't compare it to his earlier work. But I actually enjoyed the way he repeats themes, imagery, even bits of dialogue between characters to show parallel action and ideas. I'm not sure I understand what exactly Murakami was trying to say here--many of the more fantastical bits are left unexplained an unresolved, but I think that tying up every loose end isn't really the main point of the book. But he gets you right inside the characters' heads, even if their motivations and actions seem a little odd sometimes, you're with them all the way. And it's beautifully written, or maybe I should say translated, but what I must assume are the grace and elegance of Murakami's Japanese prose carries through in the English edition.

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Reading Progress

01/25/2012 page 104
02/04/2012 page 214
23.0% "This book has the coolest cover I've ever seen. The dust cover is translucent, with the title in opaque letters that match cutouts on the hard cover itself. Plus all the fine print--the copyright, ISBN number and all that stuff--are spread out over the first 20 pages or so. Very unique."
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Sarah You have to read ALL his other books! They are fantastic.

Denny Sarah wrote: "You have to read ALL his other books! They are fantastic."
OK! Do you have a favorite? Which one should I read next?

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