1Q84

Q Viral Ebook I just finished Q and already I ve begun to notice strange peculiarities in the world around me As I closed the book and stood up I looked around my shabb

1Q84 Viral Ebook I just finished 1Q84 and already I've begun to notice strange peculiarities in the world around me. As I closed the book and stood up, I looked around my shabby apartment. Same walls, same badly painted walls, same James Dean poster, but something seemed off. Something infinitesimal. The walls seemed closer or were they further away? And James, wasn't there a cigarette clasped between your lips before? Now you're just staring off into space with that amazing, casual air of indifference. I shut my eyes and shake my head. It's just the residual effect of Murakami's prose, I tell myself. Nothing more. I went about the rest of my day as usual but late that night I fell into a restless sleep. I had the strangest dream...I dreamt of him. You know... the one. The one I love. The one separated from me because of timing and distance and all the other inane trivialities that prevent us from taking the next logical step. In my dream he was reading 1Q84 as well. Well actually he was just finishing it, closing it with a self-satisfied thwack, for it is quite a tome. Then he just sat there, comtemplatively, his fingers steepled together in a pyramid under his chin. And suddenly I appeared there with him in my dream. I, like, just walked in from off-stage and sat down on the floor in front of him cross-legged. Is it weird to appear in your own dream? I don't know if that's ever happened to me before. Anyways, we just talked all night about 1Q84, about Tengo and Aomame, the star-crossed, NO moon-crossed lovers. We talked about the people they knew and loved. Ayumi, Komatsu and Tengo's dad. Tengo's married older lover. The dowager that befriends and mentors Aomame and her stoic level-headed gay bodyguard Tamaru. We discussed Fuka-Eri and the strange cult, Sakigake, she escaped, and the stranger story she wrote that Tengo had been hired to ghostwrite: Air Chrysalis. How this story acts as a catalyst for the whole novel, it gets is moving. Ushikawa, Leader, Buzzcut and Ponytail, Tsubasa, Professor Ebisuno, and the three nurses that Tengo meets. How he compares them to the witches from Macbeth. And so many literary references, it's like Murakami is name dropping! Dickens, Proust and Chekov- to name a few. And The Little People. How could we forget The Little People?! How they just appear strangely and build the elusive Air Chrysalis. The huge, womb-like, peanut-shaped, furry, glowing, egg thingy that materializes by their hands seemingly out of thin air. What does the Air Chrysalis represent? And how does it tie in with Sakigake and Fuka-Eri? And, utimately, what's inside it?But more than anything, as I looked up into the eyes of the man I adored, we spoke of love. How this is above all A Love Story, and an unbelievably hopeful one at that. Because in 1Q84 true love exists and it matters, it makes a difference! It obliterates obstacles, it takes on a life of it's own. And the connections that we make, that we forge, they last. They live and breathe. They are not ephemeral, gossamer.And then I just woke up, the dream dissolved as abruptly as it began. Anyways after that I didn't really notice any changes in the world around me. James Dean looks normal to me now. But maybe I've just become accustomed to it all. I don't know what Murakami is tapped into, I don't know where his talent, his inspiration comes from, but it never fails to move me. There's an ease and an elegance to his prose. And it is absolutely, magnificently beyond beautiful. He defies classification... I could go on and on. He's a world class writer and this is a world class book.. The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver s enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 Q is for question mark A world that bears a question Meanwhile, an aspiring writer named Tengo takes on a suspectThe year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver s enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 Q is for question mark A world that bears a question Meanwhile, an aspiring writer named Tengo takes on a suspect ghostwriting project He becomes so wrapped up with the work and its unusual author that, soon, his previously placid life begins to come unraveled As Aomame s and Tengo s narratives converge over the course of this single year, we learn of the profound and tangled connections that bind them ever closer a beautiful, dyslexic teenage girl with a unique vision a mysterious religious cult that instigated a shoot out with the metropolitan police a reclusive, wealthy dowager who runs a shelter for abused women a hideously ugly private investigator a mild mannered yet ruthlessly efficient bodyguard and a peculiarly insistent television fee collector.A love story, a mystery, a fantasy, a novel of self discovery, a dystopia to rival George Orwell s 1Q84 is Haruki Murakami s most ambitious undertaking yet an instant best seller in his native Japan, and a tremendous feat of imagination from one of our most revered contemporary writers.. The best Ebook 1Q84 I guess I can now write this review since I've settled down from doing a victory lap around my house as a result of completing this steaming pile of hot garbage. Maybe before I totally slam the book, I should say what I did like but to be honest there was very little to like. The plot wasn't bad. The love story & connection between Tengo & Aomame was somewhat cute. I could roll with all this. What blows my mind is that Murakami felt he needed 900+ pages to drag this whole shebang out. The prose was so mundane and the narrative dragged on and on and on that it was difficult to accurately gauge the turning points and climax of the story. Oh, and let's not talk about the constant repetition and writing about wasting time while wasting my time because I'm reading about him writing about wasting time. Are you still with me? I enjoy mind-twisting and mind-bending elements in a novel but I need some sort of anchor to base these things on. Murakami introduces Sakigake, dohta, maza and the Little People yet he only explores the periphery of these concepts (especially the Little People! Murakami, please tell me who they are and what the deal is with them. Like seriously, I really want to know). So then the question is what did he use the 900+ pages for? Honestly, your guess is as good as mine because after this slugfest I remain completely and utterly bewildered. Things also happen in this novel just because. There is no explanation and very vague character development. Upon completion, I just felt I was left with nothing. Nothing.I've heard positive things about some of his other works but after this experience I cannot say when next I will be picking up another Murakami to read. It shall surely be awhile yet, if ever. ETA (on 24 January 2014 1:35AM Central European Time (CET)1. By some miracle this review has garnered a boatload of likes. Thank you good people. 2. However, I must say I am tired of random people flocking over to the comment section to (loudly) voice their disagreement, question my reading choices, question why I finished the book and just generally be condescending. This is my review space. I read the book, didn't like it and expressed it all in a review. If you disagree and you loved it, that's absolutely fine. Use your own review space to worship it. Don't come to mine and be a nuisance. 3. Goodreads, please introduce the option to lock the comment section of specific reviews for the love of God. ETA (on 10 February 2014 12:30AM Central European Time (CET)1. On January 31 2014 Goodreads honored my request and locked this review.2. I am grateful that Goodreads honored my request and even though I am aware of the setting that blocks non-friends from commenting on my reviews that still seems to me to be an extreme option. I'm not averse to non-friends commenting on my reviews. I would just like the option to lock certain reviews to prevent them from descending into an unnecessary bitch fest from non-friends like this one did prior to the lock.
Q Vintage International Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin Q is one of those 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 Q by Haruki Murakami, Paperback Barnes Noble Jan , The year is and the city is Tokyo A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver s enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls Q Q is for question mark A world that bears a question. Q by Haruki Murakami May , A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver s enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls Q Q is for question mark A world that bears a question Meanwhile, an aspiring writer named Tengo takes on a suspect Q Haruki Murakami The introduction, discussion questions, and suggested further reading that follow are designed to enhance your group s discussion of Q, the magnum opus of critically acclaimed and best selling novelist, Haruki Murakami, author of The Wind Up Bird Chronicle, Norwegian Wood, and

  1. Murakami Haruki Japanese is a popular contemporary Japanese writer and translator His work has been described as easily accessible, yet profoundly complex He can be located on Facebook at facebook harukimurakaSince childhood, Murakami has been heavily influenced by Western culture, particularly Western music and literature He grew up reading a range of works by American writers, such as Kurt Vonnegut and Richard Brautigan, and he is often distinguished from other Japanese writers by his Western influences.Murakami studied drama at Waseda University in Tokyo, where he met his wife, Yoko His first job was at a record store, which is where one of his main characters, Toru Watanabe in Norwegian Wood, works Shortly before finishing his studies, Murakami opened the coffeehouse Peter Cat which was a jazz bar in the evening in Kokubunji, Tokyo with his wife.Many of his novels have themes and titles that invoke classical music, such as the three books making up The Wind Up Bird Chronicle The Thieving Magpie after Rossini s opera , Bird as Prophet after a piano piece by Robert Schumann usually known in English as The Prophet Bird , and The Bird Catcher a character in Mozart s opera The Magic Flute Some of his novels take their titles from songs Dance, Dance, Dance after The Dells song, although it is widely thought it was titled after the Beach Boys tune , Norwegian Wood after The Beatles song and South of the Border, West of the Sun the first part being the title of a song by Nat King Cole.

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  1. I just finished 1Q84 and already I ve begun to notice strange peculiarities in the world around me As I closed the book and stood up, I looked around my shabby apartment Same walls, same badly painted walls, same James Dean poster, but something seemed off Something infinitesimal The walls seemed closer or were they further away And James, wasn t there a cigarette clasped between your lips before Now you re just staring off into space with that amazing, casual air of indifference I shut my eyes [...]


  2. I guess I can now write this review since I ve settled down from doing a victory lap around my house as a result of completing this steaming pile of hot garbage Maybe before I totally slam the book, I should say what I did like but to be honest there was very little to like The plot wasn t bad The love story connection between Tengo Aomame was somewhat cute I could roll with all this What blows my mind is that Murakami felt he needed 900 pages to drag this whole shebang out The prose was so mund [...]



  3. I ve decided that 2017 will be the year I take on my TBR long list I always find myself torn between the ever growing pile of ARCs and recent releases I want to read, and those books I ve been meaning to read forever but keep putting off So I ve decided to read a book from my long list alongside the ARCs new releases I m currently reading 1Q84 got to be the first Midnight s Children will be the second And then deep breath on to Infinite Jest and maybe the rest of gasp In Search of Lost Time As f [...]


  4. 1Q84 is undoubtedly the biggest literary let down I have ever come across The synopsis and plot outline sound fascinating, the reviews have been glowing am I trying to read a different 1Q84 than everyone else Apparently not, judging by the far too few reviews that sum up my feelings towards this nothing of a book One of my favourite lines from one of my favourite of these frew reviews is as follows, from theatlantic It s hard to believe that some of the critics praising 1Q84 didn t really feel, [...]




  5. A mere 29 days have passed since its release, but I have conquered the behemoth I believe mp owes me 20 dollars for finishing first Well, since no monetary guidelines were stipulated, I will also accept 3 cats and 2 metaphors that don t make any sense.BeforeAs I eagerly await to tackle this tomeI am utterly afraid for the books that I ownEspecially the texts populating my deskMy patience for Brit Lit will be put to the testBut my grades will be of little concernWhen these 900 pages will begin to [...]


  6. If you aren t already enad with Murakami s writing, I recommend not reading 1Q84 unless what you want is a treasure hunt for some simple Japanese recipes 1Q84 is actually a test to see how much Murakami fans are willing to put up with And the test is a tough one.The first part of the book is nothing short of what you expect from Murakami But towards the middle it really begins to sag with tedious, mundane descriptions One reviewer called it memory insultingly repetitive and that s not entirely w [...]


  7. Begone, ye overblown romance to the M s with ye, and there ye shall stay No will I be forced to read about the ample breasts of mysterious, mute women never again will I be witness to sexual encounters that are just a concept, not the actual bumping of uglies that occurs when a man puts his penis inside of a woman s vagina.Banished will be the sporty assassinatrix who winds down by having one night stands with bald headed men the stocky writer who oscillates between mathematics and prose and th [...]


  8. Tengo did as he was told He began pumping slowly.These two sentences, on the second to last page of this 924 page novel, are a neat summary of Murakami s methods in 1Q84 Tengo has spent the novel longing for Aomame and they have just been reunited after twenty years Pumping refers to the action of Tengo s penis in Aomame s vagina Underlying Murakami s general approach to writing is an element of dictation, of simply transcribing the spontaneously generating narrative coursing through his head Th [...]


  9. I d heard it was a difficult read, and certainly it is long, at well over 900 pages, but I find that I m flying through it Murakami knows how to keep the pages turning with a brilliant mix of mystery, fantasy and intrigue Two characters, Aomame and Tengu, find themselves slipping into an alternate version of the world in 1984 a world Aomame names 1Q84 What is causing this shift, and whom can they trust Those are just some of the questions facing them The book reminds me of Orwell, of course, but [...]


  10. This book is possibly the best book I have read of all times It has everything that anyone would want in a book because it is composed of a little of every genre The book has so many symbolisms and imageries that no one can figure it all out in the first read The book is like all of Haruki Murakami s past books where it is about self discovery of the main character This time it is about how two long lost lovers find each others to the point that they were meant for each other The book is about A [...]


  11. My Sunken Book ReviewMy real review, my Sunken Book Review, complete with unreliable Maps and Legends not to mention Narrators , is here story show 2Only go there if you are a child who likes to be spoiled.It s like a treasure hunt in a secret room.Or a pirate ship laden with booty.The Little People have tried unsuccessfully to sink it without trace.They managed to sink it, but I have traced it again.My Superficial Book ReviewHave you ever been intoxicated by a book I ve had so much to think tha [...]


  12. SeanI must confess that this is my first bold step into the world of Haruki Murakami After roughly four weeks, my journey through the world of 1Q84 has come to end I was unfamiliar with this author until this massive yet stunningly beautiful book showed up on the new releases table at the bookstore I then learned that this author famous in Japan but relatively unknown in America titled this book as play on George Orwell s 1984 one of my favorites So I decided to brave the 984 pages.1Q84This fant [...]


  13. Aomame, a small breasted woman, is an assassin who targets men who mistreat women Tengo, a large man, teaches math, and is a writer Tengo, the large man, and Aomame, the small breasted woman, once held hands as children, and although they have not seen each other in the twenty years since, they are still soul mates Tengo, the math teacher, becomes embroiled in a conspiracy to re write the novella Air Chrysalis, by Fuka Eri, a large breasted teenager, which is a good story written poorly Tengo, w [...]


  14. I bought this shortly after New Year s I can tell you from what bookstore I bought it I could point out approximately but not exactly the rack from which I selected it I remember the person who accompanied me at the time I don t know exactly what I was wearing but it was probably a sweater of some sort with a t shirt underneath, worn but serviceable dress pants and well polished brown or black shoes I know that my clothes were fitting well, and were not too snug, because my recent efforts at los [...]


  15. i m 100 pages from the end but i won t finish this i ve been assaulted enough oh why why why do we let books assault us so because they show themselves to us in sheep s clothing, and we trust them this fuzzy, sweet muzzled sheep cannot possibly brutalize me can it can it this book is relentlessly brutal the narrative is stretched to its stretchable maximum there is no good reason for this i suppose that, if you are a murakami fan and like to hear the sound of his voice, there will be some pleasu [...]


  16. Well, shit, it s over Took me three months to read this one, and after that last page, I want to start all over again I got to know Aomame and Tengo in every way possible, and I will miss them like old friends 1Q84 is the third longest book I ve read, as far as page count is concerned It is also one of the only books over a thousand pages that I ve read which was not written by Stephen King I plan on fixing that over the next year by reading Gone with the Wind and Alan Moore s newest, Jerusalem, [...]


  17. By the time one decides to read their third or fourth Murakami book, a certain set of expectations already springs up in the form of a private blurb statement which readily signifies that the emergence of a familiar pattern is lined up ahead A pattern where rearrangement of different elements become inevitable but the prospect of discovering something new turns out to be the key reason for returning to a world where suspension of disbelief is duly carved at the entry point Whether that world is [...]


  18. Updated, April 2012 Long theory explained in the spoiler section in the middleThe odd thing about this book is that whether I like it or hate it hinges on a particular point of interpretation, one that I m not really sure is meant to be dissected the way I m doing As such, I literally can t tell if this is a good book operating by rather obscure and crafty methods, or a bad, actually rather reprehensible book, operating by straight forward means The fact that it s Murakami, someone I m pretty s [...]


  19. Phew Reading this book is like being in a bad marriage but you can t decide if it s actually bad or not It started out fantastic I was engrossed in it and couldn t wait to get home from work every day to just cuddle up with the book in hand Somewhere along the way, I lost a bit of interest and started thinking about the other unread books in my list I was tempted to cheat but persevered and gave it my full attention Some days were great, some days were bad Some so bad that I skimmed There s a lo [...]


  20. Update 4 years onCan it really be that long ago It s a book I listened to over a period of weeks, over 40 hours worth of the normal Murakami mix of sex, food and parallel dimensions But that s barely scratching the surface It s a book that still haunts me, though in truth I can no longer recall much of the detail I do remember that at heart the narrative is a simple one boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy searches for girl though this might just be the only simple thing about this book I know I [...]


  21. You never know where you ll find yourself when you pick up one of Haruki Murakami s novels I ve come to believe that s exactly the way it should be 1Q84 is no exception The way Murakami weaves history with a constantly evolving reality gives the feel of a speculative novel offering an alternative history But, besides seeing 2 moons, where is the difference in what the protagonist, Aomame, has dubbed 1Q84 and the real 1984 When Aomame gets out of her taxi and makes an unexpected out of the ordina [...]


  22. 5 StarsHaruki Murakami may well be the most technically gifted story teller in the world today I am such a huge fan, and love every minute that I spend in his imaginative worlds His works bend genre lines, and twist between fantasy, science fiction, historical literature, and fairy tale in nature He writes novels that transport the reader to places that they have never been before This book 1Q84, is no exception It is a love story that transcends time and space and questions reality itself It is [...]


  23. Early on, I begin to think, Murakami sure makes redundancy necessary attractive even 700 pages later on, my expectations are blown to smithereens Before the strenuous trek, though, I had thought that Murakami s ber simple prose made reading a true joy reading for hours in a trance that only the best of books can inspire is almost as rare as a decent meal at a fast food joint 1Q84 again, early on perhaps before page 400 or so was like a delectable miniseries you know, the ones that rival the silv [...]


  24. It s so much easier when books leave me with a very clear idea of what I want to say about them It s much difficult when I don t find that one hook that I want to rant about or laud to the skies.I m sort of in that position with 1Q84 I enjoyed it, as I always enjoy Murakami, while being at the same time slightly befuddled about it His books are a little like reading dreams weird as all get out, with dream logic that makes sense in context, but make me feel foggy and unsure about what happened b [...]



  25. This is my 9th Haruki Murakami and for me, this book is not really different from those earlier eight The two alternating narrators 1 for each chapter up to the end of Book 2 , Tengo and Aomame reminded me of the interspersing but parallel stories he used in Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World 2 stars Maybe to make this book a bit different Wiki says he wrote this for 4 full years , he added the third narrator, Ushikawa whose role seemed to be the most interesting only because he is [...]


  26. Still mulling it over but below is the jumble of my initial thoughts.Cons There s a kernel of compelling story buried somewhere in 1Q84, but digging through the layers of tone deaf dialogue, turgid description, and unyielding plot just isn t worth the strain Christian Williams Reflective dialog that does nothing than parrot gets tedious Tension expands like a rapidly inflating balloon only to escape like a quiet moment of flatulence at the end Desperately wanting for tighter editing that could [...]


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