Book Review: 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

1Q84
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was my first foray into Murakami’s work (yes, slow, I know). But I am, in a word, blown away. Do you know the times when you read a book and plow through it so fast because you were intrigued by it and wished to know the ending, to turn page after page till you reached the end?
1Q84 is NOT that kind of book. On the contrary, I almost didn’t want to turn over the page because I didn’t want to get to the ending. I didn’t want this world in my heads, and built in my head to get destroyed. I didn’t want the magic to end.

I’ve not read 1984, on which this book is (I think) inspired by. That didn’t really matter in 1Q84 though it was very lightly quoted. This story threads together reality and fantasy in a way that is seamless and believable.

It starts off with the story of a young girl who wrote a best selling fiction novel and then spirals off to a spellbinding world of secret cults, mysterious people and explainable happenings. Which is real and what isn’t? Only one way to find out….

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  1. I haven’t read 1Q84 but I do have one of his books, Norwegian Wood, in my possession. Today I read in the news that Haruki Murakami is among the nine-nominee shortlist for the 2014 Neustadt International Prize for literature. He stands a chance to win that US$50,000

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      • Yes, it is good. Actually, it was Norwegian Wood’s massive success (first published in Japan in 1987 with the title ‘Noruwei no mori’) that made him a national celebrity. Then he went on to create other masterpieces. Guardian ranked him among the world’s greatest living novelists. He is indeed one of the best writers around. I think I wanna collect all novels written by him. =)

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