1q84

by Haruki Murakami

Doubleday Canada | January 22, 2013 | Trade Paperback

1q84 is rated 4.25 out of 5 by 4.

The year is 1984. Aomame is riding in a taxi on the expressway, in a hurry to carry out an assignment. Her work is not the kind that can be discussed in public. When they get tied up in traffic, the taxi driver suggests a bizarre ''proposal'' to her. Having no other choice she agrees, but as a result of her actions she starts to feel as though she is gradually becoming detached from the real world. She has been on a top secret mission, and her next job leads her to encounter the superhuman founder of a religious cult. Meanwhile, Tengo is leading a nondescript life but wishes to become a writer. He inadvertently becomes involved in a strange disturbance that develops over a literary prize. While Aomame and Tengo impact on each other in various ways, at times by accident and at times intentionally, they come closer and closer to meeting. Eventually the two of them notice that they are indispensable to each other. Is it possible for them to ever meet in the real world?

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 1184 pages, 7.99 × 5.14 × 1.92 in

Published: January 22, 2013

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385678029

ISBN - 13: 9780385678025

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A haunting and dream-like novel. Murakami's best yet! After reading three novels of the sensational Japanese author, this by far tops them all. Our story alternates between the lives of two characters whose strange and secluded lives are gradually tied together by the events stirred up by a secretive religious cult, simply referred to as 'Sakagake'. Aomame is headed to for a 'appointment' while caught in traffic on the expressway and takes the advice of the unusual cab driver of a more efficient way to reach her destination which throws her into the surreal world that she calls 1Q84. Meanwhile, an aspiring novelist named Tengo is persuaded by his editor to rewrite an unbelievably alluring and powerful story written by a seventeen year-old who goes by the pseudonym Fuka-Eri and finds his world turned upside down as a result. I picked this book up from a sale I had at work, having no clue who Murakami was and didn't touch it until five months after. Immediately I was amazed by his incredible vivacity for bringing out all the details and descriptions of the surroundings. From every glance that a character gave to the description of a plant sitting in the corner of the room, I could see it so clearly as if it were a movie and the camera were panning each character with precise timing. Like any great Japanese artist in any given medium, the craftsmanship towards the story contains so many elements expressed with great subtlety that one cannot simply pinpoint it's genre as mystery, fantasy, nor romance. One thing is certain and it is the presence of a dreamy, surrealistic world that leaks from the pages and seduces you with it's fragance of the unknown, spiritual quality found in the undercurrent it's progressive, and often, redundant story-telling. I even woke up one night in a terrible sweat, petrified by visions of the 'Little People' watching me through my walls, under my bed, and in the closet which I normally leave a jar open. I greatly admire Haruki Murakami for this novel as it is ultimately, more than anything else, a response towards the Tokyo subway Serin attack of 1995 which was co-ordinated by a religious movement called Aum Shinrikyo. Shocked by the news, he took a trip to Japan and interviewed some of the victims from the attack. Their experience has been conveyed through the novel very cleverly so that all readers alike, Japanese or not, would resonate deeply. If you don't like passages with great details, please commit yourself to getting through the first 30 pages or so. You'll be left thinking about the novel for years to come.
Date published: 2015-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly Recommendable At first, I was not hooked onto the book. The first few pages were just not clicking in my head and I couldn't actually make sense of anything that was happening. So I took a little break and a month later, I decided to tackle it again. This book is wonderfully written. I spent a couple hours each day reading it and I love every bit of it. As mind boggling as it seems in the beginning, the story really picks up and I'm glad I gave this another chance. It is worth the read.
Date published: 2014-07-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not a page turner for me :( This is the first book from this author that i have read and it was not a page turner for me.I wanted to quit the book a few times , however i plug through it.The idea was interesting  thusly it  is what drew me to the book, however it was long and felt drawn out.The  characters were a little flat and emotionless at times.I do want to give credit to a new idea , outside the box thinking and a bit of intriuge! Those few things kept me reading till the end.
Date published: 2014-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read Murakami san is a genius. I got this book for christmas last year and had it read by my birthday in January, I couldn't put it down. The characters are well flushed out, part love story, part mystery, part sci fi, part fantasy. Have read everything else this author has written and been pleased with everything so far
Date published: 2013-06-23

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1q84

by Haruki Murakami

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 1184 pages, 7.99 × 5.14 × 1.92 in

Published: January 22, 2013

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385678029

ISBN - 13: 9780385678025

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Chapter 1 Aomame Don''t Let Appearances Fool You The taxi''s radio was tuned to a classical FM broadcast. Janácek''s Sinfonietta-probably not the ideal music to hear in a taxi caught in traffic. The middle-aged driver didn''t seem to be listening very closely, either. With his mouth clamped shut, he stared straight ahead at the endless line of cars stretching out on the elevated expressway, like a veteran fisherman standing in the bow of his boat, reading the ominous confluence of two currents. Aomame settled into the broad back seat, closed her eyes, and listened to the music. How many people could recognize Janácek''s Sinfonietta after hearing just the first few bars? Probably somewhere between "very few" and "almost none." But for some reason, Aomame was one of the few who could. Janácek composed his little symphony in 1926. He originally wrote the opening as a fanfare for a gymnastics festival. Aomame imagined 1926 Czechoslovakia: The First World War had ended, and the country was freed from the long rule of the Hapsburg Dynasty. As they enjoyed the peaceful respite visiting central Europe, people drank Pilsner beer in cafés and manufactured handsome light machine guns. Two years earlier, in utter obscurity, Franz Kafka had left the world behind. Soon Hitler would come out of nowhere and gobble up this beautiful little country in the blink of an eye, but at the time no one knew what hardships lay in store for them. This may be the most importan
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From the Publisher

The year is 1984. Aomame is riding in a taxi on the expressway, in a hurry to carry out an assignment. Her work is not the kind that can be discussed in public. When they get tied up in traffic, the taxi driver suggests a bizarre ''proposal'' to her. Having no other choice she agrees, but as a result of her actions she starts to feel as though she is gradually becoming detached from the real world. She has been on a top secret mission, and her next job leads her to encounter the superhuman founder of a religious cult. Meanwhile, Tengo is leading a nondescript life but wishes to become a writer. He inadvertently becomes involved in a strange disturbance that develops over a literary prize. While Aomame and Tengo impact on each other in various ways, at times by accident and at times intentionally, they come closer and closer to meeting. Eventually the two of them notice that they are indispensable to each other. Is it possible for them to ever meet in the real world?

About the Author

HARUKI MURAKAMI was born in Kyoto in 1949 and now lives near Tokyo. His work has been translated into more than forty languages, and the most recent of his many international honors is the Jerusalem Prize, whose previous recipients include J.M. Coetzee, Milan Kundera, and V.S. Naipaul.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for 1Q84
"One of those rare books that disappear in your hands, pulling you into its mysteries with such speed and skill that you don''t even notice as the hours tick by and the mountain of pages quietly shrinks. . . . In typical Murakami fashion, the result is deeply weird--and surprisingly convincing. . . . Its enigmatic glow makes the world seem a little strange long after you turn the last page."
—Entertainment Weekly (Grade: A)