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Monday, June 11, 2012


Haruki Murakami's 1Q84 was one heavy endeavor.  It was originally written to be a trilogy, and of course America was all like, "Bah!  We like everything bigger and better!  Combine them all into one!"  And I was all like, "No way, America.  I am doing this the Japanese way."  It was actually quite heavy and I needed to split the book into it's original three parts. 

You are not going to get a synopsis from me here, and there is a reason for this.  This book is intense.  It has been described much more succinctly and clearly by people other than myself, which is why I am sending you to Amazon to get educated.  I know where my skills lie, and it is not in giving you an excellent description of this monolith of literature because it would not be fair to this supremely awesome book.

Holy hell, this book was super good.  I continually tried to figure out where things were going during the first section, but that's near impossible.  I just had to sit back and let Murakami take me where he needed me.  The chapters are split between two people (a third person is added in the third section), Aomame and Tengo.  These two characters are absolutely fascinating and I found myself racing through one chapter so that I could get to the next story--then racing through that chapter so I could get back to the other story.  Wash, rinse, repeat, y'all.

The further you get into this book the deeper you go and the harder it is to get out.  Sometimes I found myself giggling at Murakami's blunt writing style--this was translated, after all--but I was able to enjoy it as I fell deeper and deeper into this world that Aomame refers to as 1Q84. 

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