1Q84 Novel (Hardcover)
About 1Q84 Novel (Hardcover)
1Q84 was written by Haruki Murakami.
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 suspect ghostwriting project. He becomes so wrapped up with the work and its unusual author that his previously placid life soon 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.
Ratings & Reviews
by Red T
Now, there are a lot of people I know who would just forget it now because of the sheer volume of pages, but never fear! It is a nice and easy read that will keep you up late at night wondering at what will happen next. The storyline is pretty evenly paced. A little fast for me, personally, because of the way it switches viewpoints from Aomame to Tengo and back. In the third book (all three included in this version), a third viewpoint is added, too.
With a title so similar to the well-known year penned by George Orwell, you may wonder how the book measures up and compares. The feel of the world in 1Q84 reminded me a lot of the oppressive environment of 1984. There is a lot of tension derived from both main characters' struggles with the tainted religious organization, Sakigake, and its extensive resources and overbearing, profound presence and reach.