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Stephen Lee, April 12, 2015 (view all comments by Stephen Lee)
First of all I must say that one of my many ' dream bucket' scenarios would be thus.. We are sitting at a small glass topped table at an outdoor cafe eating whatever delicacy, sipping wine and trading stories as if they were currency. Haruki would be caught within a story within a story and I would be nodding, smiling and gesturing for another bottle of wine. Okay, that's enough.
I love anything he does and this certainly didn't do anything to diminish my profound respect for a great writer. If you haven't read Mr. Murakami begin with Norwegian Wood and then, then begin your journey into a surreal landscape of beauty and struggle that always plucks at the chords of our own human experience. In IQ84 at one point I began laughing because a man and woman who are caught in an alternate reality, lost to each other and following their own labyrinthine journey back or forward to each other, reminded me of story that I'd share with Haruki at that outdoor cafe. He is simply unique and brilliant. Try him!
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Stephen Lee, April 12, 2015 (view all comments by Stephen Lee)
First of all I must say that one of my many ' dream bucket' scenarios would be thus.. We are sitting at a small glass topped table at an outdoor cafe eating whatever delicacy, sipping wine and trading stories as if they were currency. Haruki would be caught within a story within a story and I would be nodding, smiling and gesturing for another bottle of wine. Okay, that's enough.
I love anything he does and this certainly didn't do anything to diminish my profound respect for a great writer. If you haven't read Mr. Murakami begin with Norwegian Wood and then, then begin your journey into a surreal landscape of beauty and struggle that always plucks at the chords of our own human experience. In IQ84 at one point I began laughing because a man and woman who are caught in an alternate reality, lost to each other and following their own labyrinthine journey back or forward to each other, reminded me of story that I'd share with Haruki at that outdoor cafe. He is simply unique and brilliant. Try him!
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Adena, March 23, 2015 (view all comments by Adena)
This book was heartbreakingly beautiful and magical. It is a long book, but worth every minute.
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carlsfrog, October 26, 2014 (view all comments by carlsfrog)
A very good, if very Asian and surrealistic novel. Well worth the read and the price as you follow the primary characters and their backups through a convoluted multi-worldly adventure/mystery.
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Jesse Rice-Evans, October 23, 2014 (view all comments by Jesse Rice-Evans)
Makes a great bookend for chapbooks etc. Startling and decorative!
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ISBN:
9780307476463
Author:
Murakami, Haruki
Publisher:
Vintage
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literary
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage International
Publication Date:
20130122
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
1184
Dimensions:
8 x 5.2 x 2 in 1.75 lb

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Product details 1184 pages Vintage - English 9780307476463 Reviews:
"Review" by , “Murakami is like a magician who explains what he’s doing as he performs the trick and still makes you believe he has supernatural powers....But while anyone can tell a story that resembles a dream, it's the rare artist, like this one, who can make us feel that we are dreaming it ourselves.”
"Review" by , "Once you start reading 1Q84, you won't want to do much else until you've finished it. Murakami possesses many gifts, but chief among them is an almost preternatural gift for suspenseful storytelling....Despite its great length, Murakami's novel is tightly plotted, without fat, and he knows how to make dialogue, even philosophical dialogue, exciting....There's no question about the sheer enjoyability of this gigantic novel, both as an eerie thriller and as a moving love story....I read the book in three days and have been thinking about it ever since."
"Review" by , "A book that...makes you marvel, reading it, at all the strange folds a single human brain can hold....A grand, third-person, all encompassing meganovel. It is a book full of anger and violence and disaster and weird sex and strange new realities, a book that seems to want to hold all of Japan inside of it....Murakami has established himself as the unofficial laureate of Japan — arguably its chief imaginative ambassador, in any medium, to the world: the primary source, for many millions of readers, of the texture and shape of his native country....I was surprised to discover, after so many surprising books, that he managed to surprise me again."
"Review" by , "Profound....A multilayered narrative of loyalty and loss....A fully articulated vision of a not-quite-nightmare world....A big sprawling novel [that] achieves what is perhaps the primary function of literature: to reimagine, to reframe, the world....At the center of [1Q84's] reality...is the question of love, of how we find it and how we hold it, and the small fragile connections that sustain us, even (or especially) despite the odds....This is a major development in Murakami's writing....A vision, and an act of the imagination."
"Review" by , "1Q84 is one of those books that disappear in your hands, pulling you into its mysteries with such speed and skill that you don't even notice as the hours tick by and the mountain of pages quietly shrinks....I finished 1Q84 one fall evening, and when I set it down, baffled and in awe, I couldn't help looking out the window to see if just the usual moon hung there or if a second orb had somehow joined it. It turned out that this magical novel did not actually alter reality. Even so, its enigmatic glow makes the world seem a little strange long after you turn the last page.
"Review" by , "[A] masterwork...[Murakami has] crafted what may well become a classic literary rendering of pre-2011 Japan....Orwell wrote his masterpiece to reflect a future dystopia through a Cold War lens....Similarly, Murakami's 1Q84 captures attitudes and circumstances that characterize Japanese life before the March earthquake-tsunami-nuclear disaster. Reading 1Q84, once can't help but sense already how things have changed."
"Review" by , “[1Q84] is fundamentally different from its predecessors. We realize before long that it is a road. And what the writer has laid down is a yellow brick road. It passes over stretches of deadly desert, to be sure, through strands of somniferous poppies, and past creatures that hurl their heads, spattering us with spills of kinked enigma. But the destination draws us: We crave it, and the craving intensifies as we go along (unlike so many contemporary novels that are sampler menus with neither main course nor appetite to follow). More important, the travelers we encounter, odd and wildly disparate as they are, possess a quality hard to find in Murakami’s previous novels: a rounded, sometimes improbable humanity with as much allure as mystery. It is not just puzzlement they present, but puzzled tenderness; most of all in the two leading figures, Aomame and Tengo. Converging through all manner of subplot and peril, they arouse a desire in us that almost mirrors their own....Murakami makes us want to follow them; we are reluctant to relinquish them. Who would care about the yellow brick road without Scarecrow’s, Woodman’s and Lion’s freakiness and yearning? What is a road, particularly Murakami’s intricately convoluted road, without its human wayfarers?”
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