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1Q84 is not a good book At all.I cannot understand the hype surrounding this book The storyline wasn t bad in itself but 1Q84 reads like the fantasy of a sad, balding you ll understand ageing man Leaving to one side Murakami s breast obsession and, in fact, I don t think there s a single female character who s breasts I couldn t give you a detailed account of it was the author s handling of female characters that truly bothered me Aomame, the female protagonist, an assassin who in her free time prowls around looking for men to have casual sex with Not just any men though Aomame herself did not know why, but ever since the time she was twenty, she had been attracted to men with thinning hair.Right.Do you get the balding thing now Or, even revealing She was dying to run her fingers through the few strands he had leftYes Murakami, yes That is absolutely and 100% realistic, don t let a bit of thinning hair get you down.That in itself though, fine It takes all kinds, and Murakami s little fantasy woman is humorous than anything He could have being trying for humor and the book did have me laughing for the first few chapters but the the book progressed, the objectionable the author s portrayal of women became until it really, really bothered me By the end of book one, no curiosity about the Little People or interest in seeing the actual coming together of Tengo and Aomame could compell me to stiff upper lip my way through another volume.To be fair, much of what bothered me with this book could be to a simple clashing of cultures Not even getting into how wrong I found Murakami s handling of the female characters the male protagonist Tengo was ruined for me when it became clear he was running with his interest in the 17 year old Fuka Eri No matter how much you dig her breasts Tengo and really, he creates near odes to them in his head Fuka Eri is a traumatized, mentally fragile near mute with the mind of a child Not o.k Tengo, not o.k.But then, I have read that the age of consent in Japan is what I would consider alarmingly low.Murakami, you like breasts and you like to imagine in women a certain way fair play to you we all have our little quirks and you d be among many but keep it inside next time Please. Entweder mit der Welt stimmt etwas nicht, oder mit mir, dachte sie Eins von beidem In zwei Erz hlstr ngen entwickelt Murakami die sich stets weiter beschleunigende Handlung Schicksalhaft treiben die Protagonisten in einem Strudel aufeinander zu einer L sungen entgegen oder einer Katastrophe Buch 3 wird es kl ren. Grosses Kino Murakami ist einfach grandios 3 I finished reading 1Q84 surely the blockbuster novel of 2011 almost a week ago, but I wanted to collect my thoughts before I put fingers to keyboard This is a novel sounds trite, perhaps epic would be a better word that remains with you for a long, long time after reading it I ve kept thinking about the story and how each event fits in the overall structure of the book, how clever and intricate the world created is and how I can picture in my head a world that doesn t exist or does it The ARC copy I read comprised of Books 1 and 2 Book 3 will be published in the UK on 25th October 2011, I m uncertain of an Australian release date The sheer weight of the first two books nearly 600 pages will come as a delight to Murakami fans For readers new to Murakami, it may take a little while to warm up to the picture that is being painted lovingly before you but persevere, the puzzle pieces soon fall into place The book opens with Aomame whose name means green pea , we never know her by any other name in a taxi, stuck in a traffic jam in Tokyo in 1984 She is going to be late for her appointment when the taxi driver informs her of an emergency exit that will take her off the expressway back to ground level He says a few odd things, but Aomame is not concerned about that She takes his advice, goes down the stairs and off to her appointment killing a man.Meanwhile, Tengo is a young writer who is struggling to make a name for himself while teaching mathematics at a cram school At a meeting with his somewhat mentor, he is asked to rewrite a novel written by a seventeen year old girl that has been submitted for a new writers prize The novel, Air Chrysalis, is nothing like he s ever read before Neither is its author, Fuka Eri, a strange girl who never uses a question mark in her speech.Can you see the Murakami originality coming through The cover pictured gives quite an insight into the main symbols of this book.I don t want to spoil the story for others it s highly original and will keep you reading all through the night but be prepared for almost anything to happen religious cults, strange sightings of the moon, an older woman out for revenge, missing persons, murder, love, sex and all sorts of people from big to small.Murakami must be lauded for his ability to think of such an intricate plot almost every detail is leading you further into the story and almost nothing is there by chance It all combines together later in the second book with exquisite tension before the explosion of the bittersweet ending Be aware that there is a fair bit of sex in this book but I felt it was needed to show where the characters were coming from and where they were heading On finishing this book, I hardly dared to look up at the moon in case I was in 1Q84 Everything else I ve read since has paled in comparison to 1Q84 I simply can t recommend this book highly it s a beautiful masterpiece. Murakami zu lesen, ist wie den besten Wein zu trinken Zuerst musst du ihn atmen lassen 666 Es ist wie der Luftzug, der entsteht, wenn du schwunghaft den Buchdeckel ffnest.F hle den Geschmack Auf deiner Zunge, mit der du Laute bildet und dann zu einem Wort zusammenfasst.Danach trinkst du So, wie der Wein dir langsam durch die Kehle rinnt, so werden dir seine S tze durch jede kleinste Windung deines Gehirns flie en.Am Ende wirst du v llig berauscht sein Oder um es auf den Punkt zu bringen, ein Satz ein Schluck Wein Bei 1022 Seiten bist du besoffen.Der Tag danach Vergleichbar mit dem Zuklappen des silbernen Buchdeckels, bringt nur Leere brig bleibt nichts Nur dieses dumpfe Pochen in deinen Kopf Doch dieses Nichts ist gleichzeitig Alles.Das klingt alles wirr Nat rlich tut es das Ich versuche hier Murakamis neustes Werk zu beschreiben und k mpfe noch mit dem Kater.1Q84 oder ichi ky hachi yon wobei ky gleichzeitig f r die Zahl 9, sowie f r den Buchstaben Q steht war f r mich ein H henflug Mit mehreren Abst rzen Kam mir also recht bekannt vor.Mir ist es wichtiger, die Stimmung zu beschreiben, als das, was direkt im Buch stand Das k nnt ihr ja selber lesen und euch freuen Genau freuen Auf das, was zwischen den Zeilen steht.Auch f r die, die lieber Bier trinken If you can t understand it without an explanation, you can t understand it with an explanation An oft repeated phrase throughout the first two books of what has been described as Haruki Murakami s magnum opus by an overly enthusiastic reviewer desperate to get a quote on the cover of the book, and one that obviously works as a message to the reader confused by the lack of explanation for events throughout the novel.Being only two thirds through the novel at this stage I cannot provide a full response to the text, I would have preferred to buy each book individually for psychological reasons than anything, the size of this novel is intimidating, but this is the year of reading big books and so I finally built up the courage to tackle 805 pages and such is the casual and playful nature of Murakami s prose in this instance that I hardly noticed how heavy the book itself wasThings like this don t happen all that often in one lifetime This is the magnificent world of a picaresque novel Just brace yourself and enjoy the smell of evil We re shooting the rapids And when we go over the falls, let s do it together in grand style Murakami is constantly drawing attention to the tools of a writer, the act of reading and the conventions of both but not in the obnoxious way that it seems most contemporary literary sensations seem to revel in His passion for his chosen profession is what shines through the most, his adoration for Dickens, Orwell, Chekov etc rather than a simple and gratuitous aping of what has come beforeI am nothing I m like someone who s been thrown into the ocean at night, floating all alone I reach out, but no one is there I call out, but no one answers I have no connection to anything On face value 1Q84 is an exact replica of his other works and at the same time nothing at all like what has come before He touches on the same themes, in true Quentin Tarantino fashion his sexual fetish is made obvious, the bleeding together of reality and fantasy, the dislocated lives of his protagonists but most prominent is the fact that this is his most romantic work since Norwegian Wood, that special kind of magical and tortured romance you seem to only find in the novels of Haruki MurakamiWasn t it better if they kept this desire to see each other hidden within them, and never actually got together That way, there would always be hope in their hearts That hope would be a small, yet vital flame that warmed them to their core a tiny flame to cup one s hands around and protect from the wind, a flame that the violent winds of reality might easily extinguish A lot has been made of the length massive and the fact that there s so much repetition of basic information but beyond some mild irritation I can t say I really noticed I frequently realised that I was X number of pages in and not much had actually happened, plot development was minimal or the direction was vague but these are not bad things when part of a story told by Haruki Murakami, especially one told in such vivid detail I m very much looking forward to finding out if anything gets resolved, if anything starts to make any sense at all, if the star crossed lovers find happiness, what exactly it is that the Little People have planned and the answers to any number of other fascinating and intriguing questions that have been posed throughout, but then if the general theme so far is anything to go by perhaps I will be pondering the meaning for many years to come It is not that the meaning cannot be explained But there are certain meanings that are lost forever the moment they are explained in words Book 3 Review I m sad to report that I didn t so much love this book I didn t hate it but felt gypped a bit, and I guess that comes from all the hoop la I am however proud that I can now boast that I can read a 900 page book This also means I don t have an excuse not to finish up Ulysses Nuts Anywhoooo, I m going to be direct and list what I didn t love 1 TOO LONG This might be a given, but after finishing all 900 pages I can safely say that he could have cut it by half Did anything even happen in the last third of the book Not so much.2 Lame ending I m not going to spoil anything, but after slogging through 900 pages you expect some fireworks at the end One measly fire cracker even Not so much.3 Clunky and wooden language which made for clunky and wooden characters Was it just me or did these seem like Japanese robots versus people I always thought his translators did a brilliant job but I think they missed the mark on this one Maybe the switch from first to third person narrative 4 The Murakami obesssions started to get to me I know he s obsessed with cats, lesbian love scenes, and the magic of pubic hair, but it started to get a little overboard At times the whole book felt like a wet dream of prepubescent boy I didn t hate the book, but don t think it at all lives up to his earlier stuff There were certainly moments of brilliance, but I would not necessarily recommend it to anyone. *Download Book ↛ 1Q84 Books 1-2 ↼ The Year Is And The City Is TokyoA 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 Ghostwriting Project He Becomes So Wrapped Up With The Work And Its Unusual Author That, Soon, His Previously Placid Life Begins To Come Unraveled A Love Story, A Mystery, A Fantasy, A Novel Of Self Discovery, A Dystopia To Rival George Orwell S Q 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 I ve been on the Murakami bandwagon since a friend introduced me to the Wind Up Bird, but I am now officially getting off.The core idea has so much potential, but it drowns screaming in a sea of inept, boring, repetitive language I was literally scratching my head wondering how this book escaped a ruthless editing There is no justification other than author laziness and or vanity for this book to be so damn long I was so surprised at the mediocrity of the prose that I kept wondering whether the issue was in the translation.Mr Murakami I have come up with some quick and easy suggestions to reduce word countI gather you re a breast man and other reviewers have noted that every female character is described with reference to her breast shape and size This rapidly becomes tiring, but as a writer it is inexcusable that you continually have your lead female character contemplate the size of her breasts, in much the same way and to no additional significance than the first time she does so Move the fuck on DELETE UNNECESSARY BREAST CONTEMPLATION 400 WORDS SAVEDSo much of your dialogue is characters simply repeating the last thing they heard Such a clumsy way to indicate confusion if that s what you re trying to do And all of them, the same device No way DELETE REPEATED DIALOGUE 500 WORDS SAVEDYou introduce us to the idea very early on that Fuka Eri has unusual uninflected speech I do not need you to repeat at every utterance She asked with no question mark DELETE with no question mark and all of Tengo s comments that she asks questions with no question mark 600 WORDS SAVED.I could go on, but I ve wasted so much time reading this book that I draw the line at wasting on it here I ll just say that I was saddened to read the clumsy way Murakami manipulated characters and setting to maintain ambiguity for it s own sake I love ambiguity, I love complexity and I am always willing to suspend disbelief I just prefer it to be well written. I can t really give this book a proper review seeing as I ve only completed 2 3s of it so far but I FEEL like I ve climbed a mountain these past 3 weeks Murakami s prose is spot on as usual, and the story itself is completely bizarre and intriguing probably the most heavy magical realism I ve read from him so far I really enjoy the dual perspective, but I still have so many questions I doubt from what I ve heard that they ll be cleared up in the third volume but I m still intrigued to read the last part Think I ll take a mini break before doing that though, this stuff is heavy going