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1Q84 > when you're done reading the book

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message 1: by Tom (new)

Tom Lehman | 7 comments I am going to try posting something again - this will be for when you are done reading the book (I am).

message 2: by Tom (new)

Tom Lehman | 7 comments OK - I will use the 'spoiler alert' device to hide most of this until you are ready to read it. But, briefly (no spoiler) I enjoyed reading the book... so, do not give up if you are slogging it out. I did not have any epiphany about the book until I was in the last 5 or 6 chapters... then I think the author was trying to lay out what the book is all about (but, of course... I may have missed it entirely).

message 3: by Tom (new)

Tom Lehman | 7 comments So, this is all 'spoiler' - so, do not read on unless you are done with the book.

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message 4: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth (elizabethintexas) | 22 comments That is pretty much my take on it too, but I don't know why Murakami took 1157000 pages to get there - wait, do I need to add a couple more zeros?

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Sarah Doskocil (soverview) | 25 comments My prevailing feeling, after finishing the book, is disappointment. I think there was a lot of really good storytelling, but also some pretty bad storytelling. I don't think the book was served by the 1984 comparison because the reader came to the book with certain expectations that molded the reading experience. I mean that the reader was searching for something throughout the book, and the reader also draws conclusions they may not have (and in my opinion probably shouldn't) because of the comparison.

I think the better story is one of creation, and this idea is only touched on and pushed aside in a forced story of socialism. I think what Tengo and Aomame created is an idea, represented by their dota. There's a prevailing theme of balance that never really plays itself out, and a theme about mothers/daughters, creators/created. He touches on interesting ideas of codependency and responsibility in relationships, of the need for people to follow someone else sometimes, but all of these ideas that seemed like they moved Murakami more, and would have moved us more because of that, are pushed aside in Murakami's admiration of other literary work. Too bad.

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