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The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver’s enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 —“Q is for ‘question mark.’ A world that bears a question.” Meanwhile, an aspiring writer named Tengo takes on a suspect
Hardcover, 925 pages
Published October 25th 2011 by Knopf (first published May 28th 2009)
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Mariana I think it's important to remember that Murakami is a Japanese writer. A lot of his works have a very nuanced cultural depth to them that can be very …moreI think it's important to remember that Murakami is a Japanese writer. A lot of his works have a very nuanced cultural depth to them that can be very difficult to understand or appreciate if you don't have correct cultural context to help you.

From a Japanese perspective, I think he is very interesting and very talented. His books definitely have a lot of western influence, but the attitudes in the book were quite realistic and poignant. Again, this has to do with the fact that he is a Japanese author writing primarily for a Japanese audience.

Obviously, if you don't like the author, then you don't like the author and there's nothing wrong with that. However, I do think he is a valuable author and I personally quite enjoy his novels.(less)
Gabriela Bandacu For me, at the beginning the book seamed uninteresting but I gave it a try...So to my surprise, the plot has a "boule de neige" effect, it develops al…moreFor me, at the beginning the book seamed uninteresting but I gave it a try...So to my surprise, the plot has a "boule de neige" effect, it develops along your reading process and you cannot stop thinking what will happen next. I personally haven't read for a long time a book with such an amazing style; imagine yourself like a detective in a crime scene where you have to pay attention to each detail in order for you to go to have one or more hypothesis.The author implants a thought in your mind and in the next chapter you will have to think of something else - but you still feel wonderfully "fooled". (less)

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1Q84 is undoubtedly the biggest literary let-down I have ever come across. The synopsis and plot outline sound fascinating, the reviews have been glowing - am I (trying to) read a different 1Q84 than everyone else?

Apparently not, judging by the far-too-few reviews that sum up my feelings towards this nothing of a book. One of my favourite lines from one of my favourite of these few reviews is as follows, from "It's hard to believe that some of the critics praising 1Q84 didn't r
Emily May
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've decided that 2017 will be the year I take on my TBR "long list". I always find myself torn between the ever-growing pile of ARCs and recent releases I want to read, and those books I've been meaning to read forever but keep putting off. So I've decided to read a book from my "long list" alongside the ARCs/new releases I'm currently reading.

1Q84 got to be the first. Midnight's Children will be the second. And then - deep breath - on to Infinite Jest and maybe the rest of - gasp - In Search
Kristin Myrtle
I just finished 1Q84 and already I've begun to notice strange peculiarities in the world around me. As I closed the book and stood up, I looked around my shabby apartment. Same walls, same badly painted walls, same James Dean poster, but something seemed off. Something infinitesimal. The walls seemed closer or were they further away? And James, wasn't there a cigarette clasped between your lips before? Now you're just staring off into space with that amazing, casual air of indifference. I shut m ...more
Nov 12, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Not a single person
I guess I can now write this review since I've settled down from doing a victory lap around my house as a result of completing this steaming pile of hot garbage. Maybe before I totally slam the book, I should say what I did like but to be honest there was very little to like. The plot wasn't bad. The love story & connection between Tengo & Aomame was somewhat cute. I could roll with all this. What blows my mind is that Murakami felt he needed 900+ pages to drag this whole shebang out. The prose ...more
Dec 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

So, Love transcends dimensions...

And something interesting:

Breakdown of a Murakami novel
Sep 24, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, horror, fiction
Aomame, a small-breasted woman, is an assassin who targets men who mistreat women. Tengo, a large man, teaches math, and is a writer. Tengo, the large man, and Aomame, the small-breasted woman, once held hands as children, and although they have not seen each other in the twenty years since, they are still soul mates. Tengo, the math teacher, becomes embroiled in a conspiracy to re-write the novella “Air Chrysalis,” by Fuka-Eri, a large-breasted teenager, which is a good story written poorly. Te ...more
Oct 06, 2011 marked it as to-read
"Reading a Murakami book is like diving into the ocean only to discover that you have always been a fish. Things suddenly start making sense" ...more
Rick Riordan
Nov 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'd heard it was a difficult read, and certainly it is long, at well over 900 pages, but I find that I'm flying through it. Murakami knows how to keep the pages turning with a brilliant mix of mystery, fantasy and intrigue. Two characters, Aomame and Tengu, find themselves slipping into an alternate version of the world in 1984 -- a world Aomame names 1Q84. What is causing this shift, and whom can they trust? Those are just some of the questions facing them. The book reminds me of Orwell, of cou ...more
Jan 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
Begone, ye overblown romance: to the M's with ye, and there ye shall stay.

No more will I be forced to read about the "ample breasts" of mysterious, mute women; never again will I be witness to "sexual encounters" that are just a "concept," not the actual bumping of uglies that occurs when a man puts his penis inside of a woman's vagina.

Banished will be the sporty assassinatrix who winds down by having one-night stands with bald-headed men; the stocky writer who oscillates between mathematics an
Ahmad Sharabiani
いちきゅうはちよん = Ichi-kyū-hachi-yon = 1Q84, Haruki Murakami

The title is a play on the Japanese pronunciation of the year 1984 and a reference to George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four. The letter Q and the Japanese number 9 (typically romanized as "kyū", but as "kew" on the book's Japanese cover) are homophones, which are often used in Japanese wordplay.

The events of 1Q84 take place in Tokyo during a fictionalized year of 1984, with the first volume set between April and June, the second between July a
J.L.   Sutton
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful immersion into Haruki Murakami's 1Q84 (second reading)! Besides Aomame's 1Q84 alternate reality, I also focused on Tengo's Cat Town. Are these realities mutually exclusive from 1984? The ending suggests we all have a choice about what reality we create and inhabit. Thoroughly enjoyed this second read!

You never know where you'll find yourself when you pick up one of Haruki Murakami's novels. I've come to believe that's exactly the way it should be. 1Q84 is no exception. Th
Stephen M
Aug 31, 2011 rated it it was ok
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Nov 13, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews

If you aren't already enamored with Murakami's writing, I recommend not reading 1Q84 - unless what you want is a treasure hunt for some simple Japanese recipes. 1Q84 is actually a test to see how much Murakami fans are willing to put up with. And the test is a tough one.

The first part of the book is nothing short of what you expect from Murakami. But towards the middle it really begins to sag with tedious, mundane descriptions. One reviewer called it memory-insultingly repetitive and that's not
Eddie Watkins
Nov 14, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: japanese-fiction
Tengo did as he was told. He began pumping slowly.

These two sentences, on the second to last page of this 924 page novel, are a neat summary of Murakami’s methods in 1Q84. Tengo has spent the novel longing for Aomame and they have just been reunited after twenty years. ‘Pumping’ refers to the action of Tengo’s penis in Aomame’s vagina.

Underlying Murakami’s general approach to writing is an element of dictation, of simply transcribing the spontaneously generating narrative coursing through his h
Leonard Gaya
Dec 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Long-distance runners know that the best way to race to a personal best is to maintain an even pace from start to finish; they also understand that the longer the race, the slower the pace. Murakami has been a marathon runner his whole life, and 1Q84 was probably composed with this in mind. It is indeed a superb novel that spans across three volumes and is best appreciated unhurriedly.

Going with the flow, I have enjoyed this novel immensely — yet, putting my impressions into words, I realise I’m
Kevin Xu
Dec 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book is possibly the best book I have read of all times. It has everything that anyone would want in a book because it is composed of a little of every genre. The book has so many symbolisms and imageries that no one can figure it all out in the first read.

The book is like all of Haruki Murakami's past books where it is about self discovery of the main character. This time it is about how two long lost lovers find each others to the point that they were meant for each other. The book is ab
Ian "Marvin" Graye
My Sunken Book Review

My real review, my Sunken Book Review, complete with unreliable Maps and Legends (not to mention Narrators), is here:

Only go there if you are a child who likes to be spoiled.

It's like a treasure hunt in a secret room.

Or a pirate ship laden with booty.

The Little People have tried unsuccessfully to sink it without trace.

They managed to sink it, but I have traced it again.

My Superficial Book Review

Have you ever been intoxicated by a book?
Jan 11, 2012 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: murakami devotees
i'm 100 pages from the end but i won't finish this. i've been assaulted enough. oh why why why do we let books assault us so? because they show themselves to us in sheep's clothing, and we trust them. this fuzzy, sweet muzzled sheep cannot possibly brutalize me -- can it? can it?

this book is relentlessly brutal. the narrative is stretched to its stretchable maximum. there is no good reason for this. i suppose that, if you are a murakami fan and like to hear the sound of his voice, there will be

I must confess that this is my first bold step into the world of Haruki Murakami. After roughly four weeks, my journey through the world of 1Q84 has come to end. I was unfamiliar with this author until this massive yet stunningly beautiful book showed up on the new releases table at the bookstore. I then learned that this author (famous in Japan but relatively unknown in America) titled this book as play on George Orwell’s 1984 (one of my favorites). So I decided to brave the 984 pages.


Jan 28, 2021 marked it as on-hold  ·  review of another edition
"Ah-oh-mah-meh." - 'just like green peas'.

"Q is for 'question mark.' A world that bears a question."

"You can have tons of talent, but it won't necessarily keep you fed. If you have sharp instincts, though, you'll never go hungry."

"Don`t let appearances fool you. There`s always only one reality."

"The spider had no confusion, no despair, no regrets. No metaphysical doubt, no moral complications. Probably. Unlike me."

"What did it mean for a person to be free? she would often ask herself. Even if yo
Edward Lorn
Sep 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Murakami fans and fans of literary fiction
Well, shit, it's over. Took me three months to read this one, and after that last page, I want to start all over again. I got to know Aomame and Tengo in every way possible, and I will miss them like old friends.

1Q84 is the third longest book I've read, as far as page count is concerned. It is also one of the only books over a thousand pages that I've read which was not written by Stephen King. I plan on fixing that over the next year by reading Gone with the Wind and Alan Moore's newest, Jerus
I bought this shortly after New Year's. I can tell you from what bookstore I bought it. I could point out approximately (but not exactly) the rack from which I selected it. I remember the person who accompanied me at the time. I don't know exactly what I was wearing—but it was probably a sweater of some sort with a t-shirt underneath, worn but serviceable dress pants and well polished brown or black shoes. I know that my clothes were fitting well, and were not too snug, because my recent efforts ...more
Andrew Smith
Oct 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Update - 4 years on...

Can it really be that long ago? It's a book I listened to over a period of weeks, over 40 hours worth of the normal Murakami mix of sex, food and parallel dimensions. But that's barely scratching the surface. It's a book that still haunts me, though in truth I can no longer recall much of the detail.

I do remember that at heart the narrative is a simple one: boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy searches for girl - though this might just be the only simple thing about this bo
Update: I know i have only read one Murakami book like four times and i am in no way eligible enough to say that i am a true fan but please believe me when i say this : If there is one other person, besides Steve Jobs, who is my role model then it's Haruki Murakami. And i am trying my best to make time and read his books ya know.

“If you can love someone with your whole heart, even one person, then there's salvation in life. Even if you can't get together with that person.”

By the time one decides to read their third or fourth Murakami book, a certain set of expectations already springs up in the form of a private blurb statement which readily signifies that the emergence of a familiar pattern is lined up ahead. A pattern where rearrangement of different elements become inevitable but the prospect of discovering something new turns out to be the key reason for returning to a world where 'suspension of disbelief' is duly carved at the entry point. Whether that world
Jim Fonseca
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: japanese-authors
More than the author’s usual magical realism, this novel crosses over into science fiction: people can be born in a cocoon; there are “Little People” who crawl out of dead bodies and there are two moons. The title is a take-off from Orwell’s “1984.” Yet none of that is necessary to the plot or the structure of the story. A young woman is an assassin hired to kill a religious cult leader with his assent. She is pregnant by (choose one) her boyfriend, the cult leader or maybe the Little People, bu ...more
Nate D
Mar 28, 2011 rated it did not like it
Updated, April 2012. Long theory explained in the spoiler section in the middle...

The odd thing about this book is that whether I like it or hate it hinges on a particular point of interpretation, one that I'm not really sure is meant to be dissected the way I'm doing. As such, I literally can't tell if this is a good book operating by rather obscure and crafty methods, or a bad, actually rather reprehensible book, operating by more straight-forward means. The fact that it's Murakami, someone I'
Phew. Reading this book is like being in a bad marriage but you can't decide if it's actually bad or not. It started out fantastic. I was engrossed in it and couldn't wait to get home from work every day to just cuddle up with the book in hand. Somewhere along the way, I lost a bit of interest and started thinking about the other unread books in my list. I was tempted to cheat but persevered and gave it my full attention. Some days were great, some days were bad. Some so bad that I skimmed. Ther ...more
Jan 31, 2013 rated it liked it
Early on, I begin to think aloud, “Murakami sure makes redundancy necessary—attractive even.” Then 700 pages later on, my expectations are blown to smithereens. Before the strenuous trek, though, I had thought that Murakami’s über-simple prose made reading a true joy: reading for hours in a trance that only the best of books can inspire is almost as rare as a decent meal at a fast food joint. "1Q84 (again, early on… perhaps before page 400 or so) was like a delectable miniseries—you know, the on ...more
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
Pioneer in the Mazophilous* Fantasy Genre

[*mazophilous-- an "abnormal sexual focus on female breasts, or a breast fetishism"]

To my female goodreads friends, in a few paragraphs I hope to explain the two rating so please bare with me, and don't assume the negative and bust me for being male. I've been honest and candid in all my reviews, so I'm not about to make a boob of myself here.

This novel must be THE pioneer in mazophilous literature, a/k/a mazolit.

I've racked my brain and don't recal
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