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1Q84 Sampler [Kindle Edition]

Haruki Murakami
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Book Description


This sampler contains the first two chapters of Haruki Murakami's magnum opus, 1Q84, introducing the reader to the hero and heroine of the story, Tengo and Aomame.

The full ebook of Books One and Two will be available in one volume on 18th October 2011, followed by the ebook of Book Three on 25th October.

The year is 1984. Aomame sits in a taxi on the expressway in Tokyo.

Her work is not the kind which can be discussed in public but she is in a hurry to carry out an assignment and, with the traffic at a stand-still, the driver proposes a solution. She agrees, but as a result of her actions starts to feel increasingly detached from the real world. She has been on a top-secret mission, and her next job will lead her to encounter the apparently superhuman founder of a religious cult.

Meanwhile, Tengo is leading a nondescript life but wishes to become a writer. He inadvertently becomes involved in a strange affair surrounding a literary prize to which a mysterious seventeen-year-old girl has submitted her remarkable first novel. It seems to be based on her own experiences and moves readers in unusual ways. Can her story really be true?

Both Aomame and Tengo notice that the world has grown strange; both realise that they are indispensable to each other. While their stories influence one another, at times by accident and at times intentionally, the two come closer and closer to intertwining.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1337 KB
  • Print Length: 31 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (4 Oct. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,569 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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I've seen this author's name around a lot in the last year, without actually being
interested enough to want to pick up a book, but with this free on Kindle, I decided to have a look.

First impressions are that the translator has done a brilliant job in terms of aesthetics of literature, as this novel had lovely use of words, lengthy descriptions of what was happening (mundane as things were), and seemed to go into a lot of detail...about nothing much.

In book 1, we meet Aomame, a female whose name means 'green peas', who had pleasant features but mis-matched ears, with the deformity hidden by her hair, and who needs to get to a meeting, but who is stuck in a Toyota. A discussion about the car ensues with the taxi driver, who she initially seemed wary of. Lots of info on the music of Janacek and who he was, what came next etc..., and on the cabbie's advice when they are caught in a traffic jam, she leaves the taxi on the freeway, looking for a route to take her to the underground...I was not enthused with the tale, nor the pace, nor the lack of anything much happening, so I won't be reading any more of this one.

Book 2 features a guy called Tenga who is prone to fits/breathing difficulties, and who has aspirations to write a novel and is comparing himself against the competition and making tactical plans...again, too slow and too much detail. On top, there are repeats of a weird memory of his from when he was aged eighteen months, of mother having sex with someone other than his father...and his meandering thoughts as to whether this was a true memory or superimposed....

Clearly, this is not my cup of tea, but I can see how students of literature would probably be in raptures over what these texts represent. Given that I dropped out of A2 English when the literature got too heavy for me, I won't be reading more, but I can see that there is more to this than meets the eye.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good intro 8 Feb. 2013
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Loved the sampler, looking forward to reading the full novel. I might even go for the whole trilogy. An intriguing start.
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5.0 out of 5 stars try before you buy the full set 6 July 2014
By tallmanbaby TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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1Q84 Sampler [Kindle Edition]

On the basis that this is totally free, and provides the first two chapters of the book it is hard not to give it five stars. If you are curious about reading Murakami, I would strongly suggest you start elsewhere, if you are curious about 1Q84 then this is definitely the place to start. At times 1Q84 makes Proust look pacey, so this is not for the faint hearted, you need to be determined and patient for these books. However for European audiences, there are plenty of references to familiar works of art, books, music, films, this is not bafflingly impenetrably mysteriously Japanese.

The first two volumes of 1Q84 alternate between the two narrators, a Japanese woman who kills men who beat women, and a Japanese man who is asked to rewrite a fantastical novella. Both are intensely introverted and for the most part lead quiet dull lives, which get progressively more surreal as events progress. Having said that, the book is never action packed, and is probably at its best quietly observing things going by and wondering about them.

These two chapters give a perfectly good flavour of the remainder of the 1Q84 trilogy, whether it is a trip you want to take, is up to you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's only a paper moon 5 Feb. 2015
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The sampler is a great introduction to the trilogy. Highly recommended if you are planning to purchase or simply borrow from your local library which is what I ended up doing. Currently on the last few pages of book one and really looking forward to getting stuck into book two.
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