1Q84: Books 1 and 2, Paperback Book
4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


The year is 1Q84. This is the real world, there is no doubt about that.

But in this world, there are two moons in the sky. In this world, the fates of two people, Tengo and Aomame, are closely intertwined.

They are each, in their own way, doing something very dangerous. And in this world, there seems no way to save them both.

Something extraordinary is starting. Shortlisted for the 2013 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.


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Murakami's greatest work, without a shadow of a doubt. More familiar for delivering perfectly-formed surreal morsels, in 1Q84 the delight is the sustained banquet of continued strangeness. Lacking none of his shorter works' precision, this work replaces solipsistic fragments with related and intertwining narratives, and of course more character development than would ever be possible in a shorter form. Utterly gripping, it is at once minimalist and full of luscious detail; a page-turner whose every sentence has been honed to perfection. A masterpiece.

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1Q84 by Haruki Murakami is perhaps his most expansive and adventurous work yet. Two characters, who are inextricably linked, enter a version of the world in which there are two moons in the sky and that is just the beginning of the strange occurrences. The complex and shifting narrative continuously shifts between Aomame and Tengo (the two main characters so far) as Murakami explores all manner of varying themes: religion, murder, family love etc. This is then a typical Murakami book blending his love of reading, jazz, and his trademark magical realism.

This edition combines the first and second volumes. The first volume is much more an intricate telling of the two protagonists' lives, the minutiae of everyday life in Tokyo in spite of the shifting world around them. In the second volume, the magical realist elements become more prominent and the story gradually gains momentum, while maintaining its introspective feeling, looking at the daily lives of Aomame and Tengo. At times though it does seem repetitive but this serves to emphasise the daily lives of the protagonists, and Murakami's attention to detail.

A particular favourite excerpt was the "Town of the Cats" short story that served to encapsulate the magical realism and surrealism that permeates Murakami's writings. That piece alone is worth expanding and developing.

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