Saturday, June 2, 2012

1Q84



I read this book off the recommendation of a friend at work, I had not heard of it before until she told me she thought I'd like a book she'd just read. To be honest, I really enjoyed this story but it was LONG. When I went to Amazon to grab a link for the book I realized that its sold as a box set of three. Not the 920+ page book my library offered! If I had realized that I could have read one book at a time I definitely would have done that. Lugging around a book that large isn't that easy so it took me longer to finish than I'd expected.

Books set in Asia and any type of Science Fiction story are not usually my thing but this book was very interesting and I enjoyed all the characters. Also, there were quite a few times where I was thinking "oh here we go, I know whats going to happen" and then I was wrong. I liked that! Predictable plots and characters lines definitely take away from my overall impression of the book so I was very pleasantly surprised that I wasn't able to predict what would happen.

Here is a short description from Amazon describing the plot.

Book Description

October 1, 2011
Haruki Murakami is an international phenomenon. When Books One and Two of his latest masterpiece, "1Q84", were published in Japan, a million copies were sold in one month, and the critical acclaim that ensued was reported all over the globe. Readers were transfixed by the mesmerising story of Aomame and Tengo and the strange parallel universe they inhabit. Then, one year later, to the surprise and delight of his readers, Murakami published an unexpected Book Three, bringing the story to a close. In order to reflect the experience of "1Q84's" first readers, Harvill Secker is publishing Books One and Two in one beautifully designed volume and Book Three in a separate edition. A long-awaited treat for his fans, "1Q84" is also a thrilling introduction to the unique world of Murakami's imagination. This hypnotically addictive novel is a work of startling originality and, as the title suggests, a mind-bending ode to George Orwell's "Nineteen Eighty-Four". (The number 9 in Japanese is pronounced like the letter 'Q'). The year is 1984. Aomame sits in a taxi on the expressway in Tokyo. Her work is not the kind which can be discussed in public but she is in a hurry to carry out an assignment and, with the traffic at a stand-still, the driver proposes a solution. She agrees, but as a result of her actions starts to feel increasingly detached from the real world. She has been on a top-secret mission, and her next job will lead her to encounter the apparently 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 affair surrounding a literary prize to which a mysterious seventeen-year-old girl has submitted her remarkable first novel. It seems to be based on her own experiences and moves readers in unusual ways. Can her story really be true? Both Aomame and Tengo notice that the world has grown strange; both realise that they are indispensable to each other. While their stories influence one another, at times by accident and at times intentionally, the two come closer and closer to intertwining.

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