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Haruki Murakami , Philip Gabriel
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2 Aug 2012 1q84

Book Two of 1Q84 ended with Aomame standing on the Metropolitan Expressway with a gun between her lips.

She knows she is being hunted, and that she has put herself in terrible danger in order to save the man she loves.

But things are moving forward, and Aomame does not yet know that she and Tengo are more closely bound than ever.

Tengo is searching for Aomame, and he must find her before this world's rules loosen up too much.

He must find her before someone else does.

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (2 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099549050
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099549055
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto in 1949. Following the publication of his first novel in Japanese in 1979, he sold the jazz bar he ran with his wife and became a full-time writer. It was with the publication of Norwegian Wood - which has to date sold more than 4 million copies in Japan alone - that the author was truly catapulted into the limelight. Known for his surrealistic world of mysterious (and often disappearing) women, cats, earlobes, wells, Western culture, music and quirky first-person narratives, he is now Japan's best-known novelist abroad.

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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Flawed but fascinating 4 Mar 2012
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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33 of 40 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Another Disappointment 5 Nov 2011
Taken as a whole, and not just book three, I've found 1Q84 a big disappointment. In all honesty, it's just a bit boring. Even if the three books were edited down I don't think that would make the novel any more exciting; the core of the story is empty and dull.

The whole way through 1Q84 I just kept thinking that the book felt like someone else trying their hardest to write a Murakami novel. The references to classical music and jazz, the bits devoted to food, the ear fetish, the surreal touches - all the boxes were being ticked off. Even the central premised was there - average 30 something male lead caught up in a whirlwind of confusion - classic Murakami.

But this time it all felt so hollow. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is very similar (on a simple level: average guy looking for his wife whilst strange things happen around him) but 1Q84 lacks the underlying darkness and vague menace that runs through TWUBC. Murakami does a very good job in TWUBC of highlighting some rather sinister undercurrents in Japanese society. 1Q84 is devoid of that. Sakigake or the Little People just never really felt like actual threats or forces that needed to be countered.

This left a gaping void in the story, which meant I experienced 1Q84 as a novel full of average characters doing very boring things. It didn't bore me when Mr Wind-Up Bird spent time in the bottom of a well but it DID bore me in this novel when Tengo or Aomane spent so much time doing not very much.

And their relationship / feelings were something I had a hard time buying into. I could accept it from Aomane's side but Tengo seems to wake-up about halfway through the novel and suddenly remember that he's had a life-long crush on his former class mate.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thriller...with no answers 9 Sep 2013
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The three books in the trilogy together make for an addictive read. Right from the first few pages into the first book, the plot is already gripping. A first time reader of Murakami, I thought that this trilogy shows him to be a master of the technique of creating suspense. The way that reality and fantasy are interwoven in the novel is also captivating, and reminds me somewhat of Phillip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy. For most of the trilogy moreover, I also thought that IQ84 resembled His Dark Materials perhaps in the symbolic significance of its fantastical elements on 'real life'. But I was to be proved wrong.

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Part of the addictiveness of the trilogy comes from the mystery of the way the the world IQ84 worked, with its 'Little People' and whatnot. For me at least, I powered through the book, at first wanting to know how it all fits together, and then reaaallly wanting to know how it all fits together. But the end of the novel simply does not satisfy. Yes, so it all resounds with the epigraph '... But it wouldn't be make-believe//If you believed in me.' - so perhaps readers are asked to leave behind the mysteries of the world of IQ84, because it doesnt matter. All that matters is love. In this case, Tengo and Aomame's love. And I suppose the long suspense readers have endured to find out what the 'Little People' are etc, all serve to hammer in the point that it all REALLy doesnt matter.

But practically speaking.. The style of the novels, quite concise and realistic in my opinion, really didn't set readers up for this romantic notion to end the novel.
So as much as the point, that love is the be-all and end-all, is put across, the ending is frustrating and dissatisfying as well as erudite.

Overall however, a riveting and interesting read. Worth a try, although it takes a while to get through the whole trilogy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
wonderful rambling epic. Book two gets a bit weird, but this brings it back nicely
Published 13 days ago by abugintheground
4.0 out of 5 stars a gentle conclusion to the trilogy
This final book in the 1Q84 trilogy has attracted mixed reviews, and frankly I can agree with the vast mix of good and bad reviews that I have read. Read more
Published 28 days ago by tallmanbaby
4.0 out of 5 stars Some effort required
Long-winded and drawn out, but I am a fan of Mr Murakami's style and was keen to continue the story started in Books 1 and 2.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. K. A. Quinlan
5.0 out of 5 stars ace
brilliant climax to books 1 & 2 I thoroughly enjoyed it and it's well worth the investment of time, if you enjoy SEA based literature, give Last Seen in Bangkok a try..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
this book will hook you from the very beginning. it will change the way you look at things
Published 1 month ago by Ms. I. Quesada
3.0 out of 5 stars Jury is Out!
On Murakami's magnum opus. I cannot make up my mind on his endless circumlocutions and repetitive language. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lollardo
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great
Book 2 finished with a great cliff hanger. The pace and tension decreases in Book 3, it is still classic Murakami but dragged out.
Published 3 months ago by chrisparker135
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
Very well written. Entertaining. The sci-fi part is believeable and the characters come though strongly. A real pleasure to read.
Published 4 months ago by jennifer pedersen
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Read
Having read the previous two books, I was eager to read the third. Haruki Murakami takes you into another world gently without you realising it is happening. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mrs M A Parish
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! a wonderfully constructed denouement to Books 1 & 2
Just loved this world of IQ84 and am left feeling I have lost something after saying goodbye to Tengo and Aomame...Don't you love it when books do that? Read more
Published 4 months ago by Anthony Brennand
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