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1Q84 #1-2

(1Q84 #1-2)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  18,660 ratings  ·  1,495 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 628 pages
Published October 18th 2011 by Vintage Digital (first published May 29th 2009)
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Jenny Yes, there are three "books" and this one contains only the first two. In Japan, the two first books were published in 2009 on the same date while the…moreYes, there are three "books" and this one contains only the first two. In Japan, the two first books were published in 2009 on the same date while the third book was published in 2010. Vintage has decided to publish them in the same constellation.(less)
Elleh Rachelle If I were you I wouldn't think of skipping any pages, there is no repeats however the chapters are linked according to the three characters Aomame, Te…moreIf I were you I wouldn't think of skipping any pages, there is no repeats however the chapters are linked according to the three characters Aomame, Tengo and Ushikawa. So if you skip the pages or chapters, you might not get the actual story, however there are something that you can ignore like the parts or sections where the author has borrowed stories from others work, of course giving full credit.
This book is my best read I can say this year, unless another book wins me.☺☺☺(less)

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Dec 11, 2011 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Lovers of the female form
Shelves: japan-manga, sci-fi
1Q84 is not a good book. At all.

I cannot understand the hype surrounding this book. The storyline wasn't bad in itself but…1Q84 reads like the fantasy of a sad, balding (you'll understand) ageing man.

Leaving to one side Murakami's breast obsession-and, in fact, I don't think there's a single female character who's breasts I couldn't give you a detailed account of-it was the author's handling of female characters that truly bothered me.
Aomame, the female protagonist, an assassin who in her free
Sam Still Reading
Oct 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Sam Still Reading by: ARC copy
I finished reading 1Q84 (surely the blockbuster novel of 2011) almost a week ago, but I wanted to collect my thoughts before I put fingers to keyboard. This is a novel (sounds trite, perhaps epic would be a better word) that remains with you for a long, long time after reading it. I’ve kept thinking about the story and how each event fits in the overall structure of the book, how clever and intricate the world created is and how I can picture in my head a world that doesn’t exist…or does it?

Sep 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“If you can't understand it without an explanation, you can't understand it with an explanation.”

An oft repeated phrase throughout the first two books of what has been described as Haruki Murakami's magnum opus by an overly enthusiastic reviewer desperate to get a quote on the cover of the book, and one that obviously works as a message to the reader confused by the lack of explanation for events throughout the novel.

Being only two thirds through the novel at this stage I cannot provide a full r
Apr 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: japan, 2020-read
I did it, I finished parts 1 and 2!! Now on to part 3, then I'll write a review about the whole thing!
Sep 19, 2011 rated it liked it
I'm sad to report that I didn't so much love this book. I didn't hate it but felt gypped a bit, and I guess that comes from all the hoop-la. I am however proud that I can now boast that I can read a 900 page book. This also means I don't have an excuse not to finish up Ulysses. Nuts. Anywhoooo, I'm going to be direct and list what I didn't love:

1. TOO LONG. This might be a given, but after finishing all 900 pages I can safely say that he could have cut it by half. Did anything even happen in the
Nov 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kat-scifi
For a long time I was a bit afraid to read this book. Everything I had heard about it made me suspect that it was very challenging to read in both style and content.

What a surprise when I finally got started.

The writing style is extremely clear and pleasant and the content really got me carried away.

It's about Aomame and Tengo, who once had contact in their childhood. They're around thirty now and haven't seen each other in 20 years. I think Aomame is the more interesting character. In my opi
Apr 01, 2012 rated it did not like it
I've been on the Murakami bandwagon since a friend introduced me to the Wind-Up Bird, but I am now officially getting off.

The core idea has so much potential, but it drowns - screaming - in a sea of inept, boring, repetitive language. I was literally scratching my head wondering how this book escaped a ruthless editing. There is no justification - other than author laziness and/or vanity - for this book to be so damn long. I was so surprised at the mediocrity of the prose that I kept wondering w
Nat K
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amazing. Only Haruki Murakami could have written this.
Jan 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't really give this book a proper review seeing as I've only completed 2/3s of it so far - but I FEEL like I've climbed a mountain these past 3 weeks! Murakami's prose is spot on as usual, and the story itself is completely bizarre and intriguing - probably the most heavy magical realism I've read from him so far. I really enjoy the dual perspective, but I still have so many questions. I doubt (from what I've heard) that they'll be cleared up in the third volume but I'm still intrigued to r ...more
Literary Han
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I cannot even put into words how much I love this book.

A masterpiece in every sense of the word!

Now onto part three and I cannot wait
I finished 1Q84 - book 1 & 2 on Monday. Afterwards, I went running in the woods. I ran faster than I have in a while, and my thoughts went back and forth through my head, thinking of everything, anything and nothing at all. It then came to me, I was stuck in that world, Murakami's world. I was scared. I ran through the woods in the middle of the day, and felt scared. Figured the people I met could be anything. Like in Murakami's universe. And I thought that if I'd met a bear, I wouldn't have bee ...more
Tim Barrable
Murakami, the master weaver of worlds, at his epic best! This is a stunning and complex story expertly woven by alternating the two main characters, Tengo and Aomame. This book defies categorisation. at once drama, thriller, epic and love story it is a literary masterpiece that enthralls the reader from beginning to end. Absolutely the best Murakami, in fact best book I have read for a long long time. Clearly the first two of three books, the end leaves everything hanging and demands you immedia ...more
Raquel Baggins
{Notice: I’ve only read Parts 1 and 2 as the Spanish edition is divided that way and Part 3 is edited as another book}

«If you can't understand it without an explanation, you can't understand it with an explanation.»

It's the first and only Murakami book that I didn’t like. And I don’t know how to deal with it. I'm confused because he’s always been my favourite author and except for the essay What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, I've always finished all his books. And I ended up loving th
Sep 19, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Based on the rave reviews, I was very eager to read this book. Many people agreed that the multi-layered plot was brilliant - they couldn't put it down and when they finally finished, the story stayed with them. An amazing story and one that lasts for more than 900 pages? That's every bookworm's dream! A rare gem to be treasured! Unfortunately, I found 1Q84 to be more like a piece of coal - it had the potential to become something beautiful but remained...blah.

For those of you Goodreads-ers who
Oct 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novels
1Q84 weighs a couple of pounds and has 944 pages in the hardback edition, but the length and poundage are as nothing compared to its looney gravitational pull. Murakami draws us into a world with two moons, a world that may contain respect but is without overt expressions of love. I suspect that Murakami exerts such a strong pull in the original through his strange prose and use of physical details. Even in English, the style is simple and pictorial, like that of a graphic novel where each actio ...more
Cátia Vieira
Murakami, I am really sad to say that I am slightly glad to be done with this massive volume! Book 1 and Book 2: done! Book 3 to go! The Japanese writer, Haruki Murakami, is my favorite male writer alive. But, as I said, when I posted about 1Q84 Book 1, I can see flaws in Murakami’s writing even though I am a fan of his work. I also told you that I didn’t want to write a proper review until I finish the book entirely so I still need to read Book 3 before sharing my final thoughts.

Here’s a quick
Sep 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: floor-joists
This is a really enjoyable book. It's dreamy, easy to read yet substantial in scope, mysterious, different and intriguing. The characters and their roles will mystify and interest you. They circle around each other yet don't touch, alike yet different, the same yet opposites. Murakami spins their story flawlessly.
At the end, it's still mysterious but also satisfying.
This won't be the last of Murakami's books that I read.
Eden Rose
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Can't wait for something bigger
Feb 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, I have read this book two years ago. And I didn’t remember it at all. So I’ve read it again and right at the beginning I remembered reading it, although I forgot most of the plot.

My new reading experience was way better, it’s a long story, Aomame and Tengo are special characters and I can’t wait to continue the story
Nov 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 3 has been ordered and is on its way!
Khris Sellin
Jul 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
I'm not sure where to begin with this review. HUGE disappointment. And that's an understatement. The biggest mystery is how/why I actually read all 925 painful pages.

The story is set in 1984 (but yet sometimes in 1Q84 - not even worth explaining) in Tokyo. I guess the backdrop to it all is that, 20 years earlier, at 10 years old, Tengo and Aomame were schoolmates and they fell in love without ever actually speaking to each other. And circumstances beyond their control separate them soon after an
This is a strange review as I've only read book one so far.

1Q84 Book One was our work book club choice this month as we assumed it was the first in a three book series, but having read to the end of book one it just stops dead. No real build up, no reveal, no twist. Just stops dead. Clearly we now realise that books one and two are actually two volumes in a single novel. They should probably be read back-to-back rather than reading book one now and book two later (probably next year for me now).
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best read, engaging, entertaining. As expected this book had everything. Well knitted plot with steady flow of events and all the characters are well defined with clear purpose. Mesmerised by Murakami's way of storytelling/narration.

Feb 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a highly interesting story in all sense of the word and I cannot think how to begin to describe all of the feelings I encountered whilst reading this. This was my first Murakami read and I have to confess I knew next to nothing about it, or him, or George Orwell's 1984 which is referenced a lot in this novel, however despite these challenges I did end up really enjoying the entire two books and I will certainly be picking up book 3 when I can to find out how it all draws to a close.

The s
Giannis Petrou
Jun 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Even though it is a long story(and i dont prefer them) i found it very interesting. The way that the characters are build from scratch and the way the story expands keep your interest intense all the way.I really enjoy it..
Nora Westgeest
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, japanese
I cannot express how much I love this book. It is my favourite Murakami to date. Just read it, you won’t be disappointed.
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: murakami
Help, I have fallen down a rabbit hole and there’s no way out.
Never have I ever been so confused, yet so intrigued. I am feeling so many emotions all at once, directed at the characters but mostly at Murakami for fucking with my feelings like this. If **** and ****** don’t get together at the end of this that’s very Murakami but also, NO I CAN’T ACCEPT IT I AM SO SAD, WHY DOES HE ALWAYS DO THIS? It’s so ... poetic? So absurd and mystical and so well-written and mmm the similarities and threads
My least favourite Murakami so far.

I liked Aomame's story more than Tengo’s, but neither had me believe the characters or want to know more about them - which is a problem when their relationship is supposed to drive the book. As always with Murakami, there were a lot of tangents, mysterious side-characters, and loose threads, but this time they felt particularly annoying and unnecessary. The sex-elements also definitely went too far this time. I liked the little people and the air chrysalis, y
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story of 1Q84 is divided between two protagonists, mathematical genius and would-be writer Tengo and the enigmatic Aomame, and through their alternate chapters these two stories overlap and converge. Tengo is roped in to help rewrite a story by a young girl, and before long mysterious events begin to happen that sweep him along with them.

This is a bizarre and often brilliant book, packed with strange symbolism and a complex plot which reveals itself bit by bit. It is original and imaginative
Sam Quixote
Oct 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The year is 1984 and a woman called Aomame on her way to an important meeting gets stuck in a traffic jam and, abandoning her taxi, heads to a tunnel with an emergency exit. Unknowingly Aomame has left the world of 1984 and entered into a subtly different world called 1Q84.

A man called Tengo is an aspiring but unpublished writer who is approached by his eccentric publisher to ghost-write a short novel by a 17 year old girl entitled "Air Chrysalis". Once the book is published, strange th
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