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A Globe and Mail Best Book
Shortlisted for the International Impac Dublin Literary Award
“1Q84 goes further than any Murakami novel so far, and perhaps further than any novel before it, toward exposing the delicacy of the membranes that separate love from chance encounters, the kind from the wicked, and reality from what people living in the pent-up modern world dream about when they go to sleep under an alien moon.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Murakami’s fiction has grown increasingly relevant to our understanding of the world today, and this time his craft is more refined than ever. . . . This novel—mired in death and fetish, leavened with humor—may become a mandatory read for anyone trying to get to grips with contemporary Japanese culture.”
—The Japanese Times
“‘Things are not what they seem.’ If Murakami’s ambitious, sprawling and thoroughly stunning new novel had a tagline, that would be it. . . . Orwellian dystopia, sci-fi, the modern world (terrorism, drugs, apathy, pop novels)—all blend in this dreamlike, strange and wholly unforgettable epic.”
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“You'll find genuine wisdom and emotional depth in 1Q84. Mr. Murakami has gone further here to develop the sensations of loss and isolation.”
—The Wall Street Journal
“Murakami really does stand alone . . . Which other author can remind you simultaneously of Fyodor Dostoyevsky and JK Rowling, not merely within the same chapter but on the same page? Viewed through the ‘postmodern’ lens, his exemplary blend of a light touch and weighty themes, of high literature and popular entertainment, ticks every box. Posh and pop, sublimity and superficiality, history and fantasy, trash and transcendence: they switch positions and then fuse as the metaphysical speculations of an Ivan Karamazov meet the death-defying adventures of a Harry Potter.”
—The Independent (UK)
Praise for Haruki Murakami:
"Murakami is like a magician who explain what he's doing as he performs the trick and still makes you believe he has supernatural powers... But while anyone can tell a story that resembles a dream, it's a rare artist, like this one, who can make us feel that we are dreaming it ourselves."
— The New York Times Book Review
Murakami is a wonderful storyteller. He has a sharp eye for possibility; the fantastic that he pulls into life is totally believable and follows a logic all of its own. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tom McGreevy
1Q84, Mylo Xyloto and a window in a Starbuck Coffee! The perfect match!Published 4 months ago by Pinback
I'm only halfway through, but it is very odd and I have NO IDEA where this story is going. So...two thumbs up!Published 4 months ago by David White
Phenomenal read! My first Murakami book, and loved it. Took a while, but worth it. I have since read 4 other books by him, and they are all awesome.Published 5 months ago by Josh
I found the story really compelling for the first half. But it appeared to me that the story reached a climax right in the middle of the 1100+ word book then nothing much happened... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Blair T
I have no idea what the blurb writers were ingesting/ smoking/ injecting or vaporizing but this is THE BIGGEST WASTE OF TREES IN THE HISTORY OF TRANSLATED NOVELS. Read morePublished 6 months ago by lamont cranston
Good so far but I have not finished it yet, but it will probably take some time.
I like his work and I feel very connected to his sorties and characters.