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  • Hardcover: 944 pages
  • Publisher: Bond Street Books (Oct. 25 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385669437
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385669436
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16 x 5.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ian Robertson TOP 100 REVIEWER on Sept. 26 2012
Format: Hardcover
Haruki Murakami's latest novel, "1Q84" - translated from its original Japanese and set in and around Tokyo is a very entertaining, expansive novel rife with rich imagery and symbols. Like many of the best stories it is simple at its heart - unrequited love and the quest to reconnect after years apart - and like many of the best stories it is full of interesting characters, coincidences, chance events and plot twists.

The title is a play on Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty Four - in Murakami's novel the Q stands for "question mark" - and there are many direct and subtle references to his classic, including a group called `the little people', a play on Orwell's Big Brother. Also similar to Orwell's book, "1Q84" is a mix of ordinary, everyday activities and fantastical occurrences. And like contemporary Japan it is also a mix of modern lifestyle, tradition and culture, and the inevitable intrusion of Western (pop) culture. [In addition to "1984", the song "Paper Moon" is central (interestingly, Orwell had used song lyrics repetitively in his novel, too). "2001: A Space Odyssey", Proust's "In Search of Lost Time", and many other Western works also advance the plot and introduce or reinforce themes].

The combined effect of the plot, themes, imagery, and characters is very entertaining, but readers will find this novel is the very antithesis of a short story. The best short stories are tightly constructed works of art, not an extraneous word, plot digression or loose end; and of course they're short. "1Q84" has so many threads and sub-plots, all apparently building towards the denouement, but unfortunately when the novel finally concludes many of the threads are left hanging.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SBuckle on Jan. 17 2012
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This will undoubtedly be Murakami's epic. Not only because it's a bear at almost 1000 pages, but because it's his best book. I thought his last piece of fiction, 'After Dark', was rushed and featured too many characters. This didnt allow his characters to develop like Murakami is known for.

The exact opposite is true of 1Q84. He focused on two main protagonists and let them simmer like a grand stew, slowly bringing out their flavors over time. His meticulous details help us understand who his characters are and how they live in the world. This can be trying at times like when something suspenseful is around the corner and Murakami is taking his time setting up the scene, but it's worth it in the end, because once you get there, the details are clear and you better live in the scene.

I do dock him points for introducing Ushikawa as a lead near the end of the book - it felt like a cop out and disrupted the flow a bit. I understand he needed Ushikawa's perspective to move along some plot elements, but Ushikawa was extremely interesting and could have lived throughout the whole book.

For Murakami fans, 1Q84 is a must. This is the one book that will represent Murakami as time passes.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lucy N. on Feb. 7 2012
Format: Hardcover
I am definitely a Murakami fan, even though I think a lot of his books are a bit formulaic (young teenage girl and middle aged man team up, heading on a wacky adventure filled with cats, unexplainable events, and overly detailed descriptions of food and clothing).

This book would probably have gotten 4 stars out of me had it been 300-500 pages. It was simply too drawn out and overly descriptive, with many points (such as the two moons and Aomame's breasts) talked about over and over and over. I finished it because I DID want to know what happened at the end, but like many Murakami stories, you have to take the story as your own and make up an ending for yourself, as a lot is just left unclear.

I wouldn't say don't read this, but in the time it takes to read all 1000 of these pages, you could read 2-3 of his other more succinct books.

Overall: I was disappointed, though not upset I read it to the end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sakura Yamato on Dec 10 2012
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This was the first Murakami book I ever read, and apparently it is not a good one to start with if you're unfamiliar with the author.
It started out pretty good and it had me intrigued for a while, but near the end things started to fall apart.

The idea of a 'parallel dimension/world' and I use the term loosely here because it's never actually confirmed that this was a parallel world. Many ideas, such as the "Little People" was never quite fully developed. They are entities that are manipulating humans, and that's as far as he gets into anything really deep about them. The world has 2 moons, but nothing is ever explained about how exactly this comes to be. The book was VERY detailed for just about everything, except what it NEEDED to be detailed about. And we're talking about a 900+ page book, so needless to say I was very disappointed with the ending. A lot of questions were left unanswered and a lot of assumptions has to be made on the part of the reader as to what the author was actually trying to say.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tanu on Aug. 2 2012
Format: Hardcover
I got this book because I had heard so many wonderful things about Murakami's work. I was not a literature major and do not claim to be an expert in Japanese literature. I simply read books to be entertained, stimulated. The book was a disappointment to me. The story is simple but overly long, and in many cases repetitive. The protagonists were very much card board figures and no amount of (repetitive) description of what they ate and drank, how they looked, and their first encounter with each other in childhood, did not bring them life to me. After half way through the book I was bored and did not care what happened to either of them. I read the rave reviews and I keep thinking I must have missed something, that was not the book I read. I give the book 2 stars.
By the way I am a Japanese speaker, born and raised in Japan and English is my second language.
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