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1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
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Apr 02, 2012

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bookshelves: adult, fiction
Read from April 02 to 24, 2012

Had I known that this book was over 900 pages, I would have never read it. First, books of this length are usually poorly edited. Also, a 900-page book requires an extraordinary time commitment with no certain payoff, which isn't very compatible with my current stage of life. (This is particularly true where, as here, I borrowed the book from the library and had to compress this time commitment into a mere three weeks.)

In this case, I had been diligently reading for about two weeks when I realized that I was only 22% finished, according to my kindle status bar. By this point, I was far enough into the book to be invested. I'm still not sure the time investment was worth it. There were moments of greatness in this exceptionally bizarre book -- passages I underlined and reread and even read aloud to Sam. I cannot stop thinking about how it ended (is it a series? It couldn't possibly have ended like that, right?). I am sure many scenes will stay with me, like the excellent freeway scenes and the GROSSLY DISTURBING chapter with Ushikawa near the very end. But I also had the sense when I was reading it that I couldn't wait to be finished. I wanted to be done with the characters and their sad lives and the author's overly detailed descriptions of their meals and mopping routines. I couldn't take one more description about the moon(s) or Aomame's apparently incongruent breasts. By the end, I felt as it I, as the reader, was stuck in Tengo's "cat town" and I would never escape and read pleasurable books again.
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Aimee hahahahaaaa!!! I am reading this right now, over halfway thru. I agree with you 100% and am sure it will stay that way when I finish it!!

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