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1Q84: Book 3 (2Q84) Kindle Edition

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"Murakami's magnum opus" (Japan Times)

"1Q84 has a range and sophistication that surpasses anything else in his oeuvre. It is his most achieved novel; an epic in which form and content are neatly aligned... So like Murakami himself, I'll borrow from Orwell: 1Q84 is quite simply doubleplusgood" (Independent on Sunday)

"1Q84 reads like a cross between Stieg Larsson and Roberto Bolaño... In its bones, this novel is a thriller" (Daily Telegraph)

"It is a work of maddening brilliance and gripping originality, deceptively casual in style, but vibrating with wit, intellect and ambition" (Richard Lloyd Parry The Times)

"Which other author can remind you simultaneously of Fyodor Dostoyevsky and JK Rowling, not merely within the same chapter but on the same page? Viewed through the "post-modern" lens, his exemplary blend of a light touch and weighty themes, of high literature and popular entertainment, ticks every box. Posh and pop, sublimity and superficiality, history and fantasy, trash and transcendence: they switch positions and then fuse" (Boyd Tonkin Independent)

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The gripping finale of Murakami's bestselling masterpiece, shortlisted for the 2013 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2558 KB
  • Print Length: 466 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (25 Oct. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005EWDA3I
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 162 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,408 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I will assume that if you are considering reading Book 3 of 1Q84 that you have read (and enjoyed) Book 1 and 2. If so, you are in for a treat. This book has taken over my life recently and I have enjoyed every second of reading it. To begin with, Book 3 is a continuation of the previous books - that is, it is not a 'stand alone' novel and will make no sense unless you have read the previous books.

This time, the chapters are told from the point of view of Aomame, Tengo and Ushikawa, who previously offered a 'deal' to Tengo from the New Japan Foundation and who vetted Aomame before she met the Leader. For people who thought the previous books dragged, or meandered, this book will not be for you. Much of this book contains people who are looking for others, while others are hiding. Ushikawa has been told by Buzzcut and Ponytail (the Leader's bodyguards) to trace Aomame. Aomame is in hiding, while Fuka-Eri is hiding in Tengo's apartment.

There are times when Aomame comes very close to meeting Tengo, but somehow events keep them apart. Tengo's father goes into a coma and he spends time with him. His father was a NHK fee collector and one begins to appear throughout the book, visiting and threatening their apartments. Ushikawa begins to find links between Aomame and Tengo and between Aomame and the dowager. As he gets closer, will Aomame evade capture and finally meet up with Tengo? Do the Leader's followers want to hurt her, or do they need her?

This book has a lot of introspection, but it also has a lot of hidden menace, with an undercurrent of violence and threat running throughout the pages. The writing is simply wonderful and the author creates a real sense of what people are feeling.
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It may only have been a week ago that the first two parts of this story came out, but it feels like ages having to wait for this part. We are back in the world of 1Q84, but we also have another prominent character; we now have alternating chapters between Ushikawa, Aomame, and Tengo (apart from the very last chapter). If you remember, Ushikawa was already in the story, and here we find out a lot more about him and his exact relationship to the cult, Sakigake.

With alternating chapters between three characters, not only has Murakami already created a surreal world very much like our own, but now has added an extra, playing with time, as we read what one character did, and then what the other was doing, thus adding yet another dimension to this complex tale.

Sakigake want to get their hands on Aomame, and so Ushikawa is required to find her, but at the same time Aomame has problems of her own staying hidden, and wanting to find Tengo. Tengo has to deal with his father, who is in a coma, and then passes away. Will Aomame and Tengo ever meet? Read this part of the tale to find out, and find out what ultimately happens, and whether 1Q84 will be left behind for 1984.

This whole tale, including the first two parts has taken in so much. It is surreal, it is fantastical, it is an allegory, as well as being metaphysical and philosophical, and leaves you asking so many questions about the world around us. If you haven't read the first two parts then please don't read this by itself, you do get an idea of some of what has already transpired, but not enough to leave you not scratching your head in bewilderment. This kindle edition does have an active table of contents.
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I am a Murakami fan who would put the Wind-Up Bird Chronicle at the top of my list of favourites.

This trilogy does ramble and would probably benefit from intelligent editing but I can always forgive Murakami all his faults because of the impeccable way that he writes.

I am of the reviewers that like Murakami characters. I like the clean, simple lives that they lead and the fact that the male heroes are such empathizers with and fans of women.

Unlike many reviewers I found Book 3 more satisfying than volumes 1 and 2, in part because of the development of the character Ushikawa, to whom we are introduced in the first two volumes. The first 2 volumes are repetitive and slow and Ushikawa adds necessary pace to the narrative. This character also seems to me to be a respectful nod from the author to the villains in Russian novels who are credible because they are not all bad.

On the surreal elements of these volumes I quote another of the reviewers who expresses my view exactly: "I could get very irritated with the two moons/other world trope in the hands of a lesser writer, but Murakami carries me with him. I can allow my rationalist nature to take a rest knowing that I am safe in his imagination."

As with his other books it is a mixture of genius and weakness and - admirer of Murakami as I am -I wouldn' t want a newcomer to his writing to be put off him by starting with these books. For his sheer ability to seduce the reader with his writing I would probably have given the trilogy a higher rating but in order to avoid disappointing first-time readers I have given it 3 stars.
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