Haruki Murakami's "1Q84" discussion

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message 1: by Ian (new)

Ian "Marvin" Graye | 191 comments Mod
I haven't heard the name of the book spoken by anyone yet.

What have you been calling it?

1, Q, 8, 4? (i.e., eight, four)

1, Q, 84? (i.e., eighty-four)


message 2: by Ian (new)

Ian "Marvin" Graye | 191 comments Mod
‘Q’ or ‘kyuu’ is Japanese for the number ‘nine.’


message 3: by Megha (new)

Megha (hearthewindsing) I have been calling it 1, Q, 84.

Thanks for initiating the group Ian. I started reading the book two days ago. I probably won't be very active on GR, but I will try drop by for discussions once in a while.


message 4: by Joel (new)

Joel (joelevard) for some reason my brain processes it as "ten queue eighty-four." i know that is wrong but it's too late now.


message 5: by Stephen M (last edited Oct 27, 2011 08:07PM) (new)

Stephen M | 11 comments I've had to correct myself from saying "eye" Q 8, 4 quite often. When I first saw it I thought it had something to do with the IQ(intelligence quotient) level of 84.

I do enjoy the Orwell reference through the pronunciation of "kyuu" in Japanese for the number 9.

In interviews, Murakami says that the "Q" stands for question.


message 6: by Sue (new)

Sue (snuzy36) | 70 comments In the book Aomame does say that she names the year 1Q84 with Q standing for Question. But I do see many ways to translate his meaning for the title with references to Orwells book and the Japanese number nine. I love how there is so much in just one letter :)


message 7: by Stephen M (new)

Stephen M | 11 comments Around which page does that come from?
I'm only on page 100.


message 8: by Ian (new)

Ian "Marvin" Graye | 191 comments Mod
There is a mention of "Q" in the following review:

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-ent...


message 9: by Sue (new)

Sue (snuzy36) | 70 comments Gosh Stephen Im sorry Im doing it Audio So I cant tell you a page number .. its right when Aomame starts to figure out that going down the stairs at the beginning when the taxi driver says for her to remember there is only one reality, that she is rather in a different world :)


message 10: by Sue (new)

Sue (snuzy36) | 70 comments WoW Ian you have read every single review on this book and yet you cant get your hands on the book :)

did you read the LA Times review?? They advise you to read straight through as best you can ... forget about sleep and living your life. Seems thats what I am doing haha !!


message 11: by Sue (new)

Sue (snuzy36) | 70 comments In the audio they use call the book 1-Q-84. not 8-4.


message 12: by Sue (new)

Sue (snuzy36) | 70 comments in my head I say IQ 8-4 but I dont tend to call the year 20-10 either I say two thousand and ten or I guess we are getting close to eleven now LOL


message 13: by Ian (new)

Ian "Marvin" Graye | 191 comments Mod
2100 would be the test.

Would you say 21 Hundred or Two Thousand One Hundred.

I think I'd say, "I can't believe I'm still alive."


message 14: by Dillon (new)

Dillon | 1 comments for anyone interested in the japanese pronunciation (which is what i have been calling it, despite the eye-rolling of some of my friends)

ichi kyu hachi yon


message 15: by Joel (new)

Joel (joelevard) Dillon wrote: "for anyone interested in the japanese pronunciation (which is what i have been calling it, despite the eye-rolling of some of my friends)"

oh, man, i'd be right there with them ;)


message 16: by Sue (last edited Nov 11, 2011 08:20PM) (new)

Sue (snuzy36) | 70 comments Rolling my eyes in 2100


message 17: by Sue (new)

Sue (snuzy36) | 70 comments Im pretty sure I wont be alive so no worries for me on this call :)


message 18: by Ian (new)

Ian "Marvin" Graye | 191 comments Mod
Here is another suggestion I hadn't thought of:

“q-teen-eighty-four”

http://www.murrayewing.co.uk/mewsings...


message 19: by William (new)

William Graney | 6 comments Q-teen 84


message 20: by Jennifer (last edited Dec 25, 2011 12:31PM) (new)

Jennifer | 1 comments Moonbutterfly wrote: "In my head I say IQ 84. Sad but true. hehe."

YES. I do, too. Driving myself nuts with it.

Q-teen-84 flows nicely. I think that may be the answer for me!


message 21: by Stephen M (new)

Stephen M | 11 comments I enjoy that cross-lingual neologism: the "queue" sound as the pronunciation of "9" in japanese with the "teen" sound of english. I wonder if there was any intention to mix them in that regard.....


message 22: by Ian (new)

Ian "Marvin" Graye | 191 comments Mod
Does anyone know what the Japanese call it?

Is there any similar cross-lingual significance for them or does it just sound like the Japanese for 1984 for them?

How do the Japanese communicate the difference between "1Q84" and "1984"?

Do they have a "Q" character?

I hope this makes sense.


message 23: by Amany (new)

Amany Rajab (manderr88) | 2 comments I always call it IQ 84 :P


message 24: by Stuart (new)

Stuart Cohn | 1 comments Me too, strangely enough! :)


message 25: by Claudia (new)

Claudia | 1 comments I have been calling it 1, Q, 84 :-)


message 26: by Ian (new)

Ian "Marvin" Graye | 191 comments Mod
That's how I think of it now, too.


message 27: by Fred (last edited Feb 21, 2015 12:32PM) (new)

Fred (fredsnothere) I read it as "One Q Eighty-Four."

"The title of '1Q84' is a joke: an Orwell reference that hinges on a multilingual pun (In Japanese, the number 9 is pronounced like the English letter Q)."

ichi, ni ,san, shi, go, rocku, nana, hachi, ku, ju


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