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The introduction, discussion questions, and suggested further reading that follow are designed to enhance your group’s discussion of 1Q84, the magnum opus of critically acclaimed and bestselling novelist, Haruki Murakami, author of The Wind-up Bird Chronicle, Norwegian Wood, and Kafka on the Shore.

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lberinger, January 9, 2013 (view all comments by lberinger)
An engrossing page-turner, all 1,000+ of them, filled with the most intricate intimacies of the human spirit. Fact and fantasy entwine and actually affect and alter each another, just as the wholly mismatched stranger-characters do. The two worlds of 1984 and the mysterious 1Q84 foreshadow much of our own present-day anomie and alienation, a feeling that grows deep inside you as you read along yet is leavened by Murakami's signature attention to telling personal detail and internal monologues. I would add that I'm especially happy with this three-volume presentation; I doubt I would have picked up such a huge book and carried it with me everywhere I went until I finished this remarkable story.
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Nancy Schultz, January 2, 2013 (view all comments by Nancy Schultz)
Wonderful love story. Groovy slip case in this edition.
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Paul Wilbur, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Paul Wilbur)
there's something calming in the simple way that mr murakaml writes that somehow refreshes me. yet the subtle surreality of the premise and of the main characters can sometimes make you feel almost seasick, like the world is wobbling, an earthquake deep below your feet. its both pleasant and sometimes just a little bit unpleasant, like going back to the office after having just a few too many drinks at lunch.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345802934
Author:
Murakami, Haruki
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage International
Series Volume:
3 Volume Boxed Set
Publication Date:
20120531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
A.&rdquo;<br>&mdash;<i>Entertainment Weekly</i><br
Language:
English
Pages:
1184
Dimensions:
8.13 x 5.24 x 2.48 in 2.54 lb

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Product details 1184 pages Vintage Books - English 9780345802934 Reviews:
"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 , "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 , "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 , "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."
"Synopsis" by , This deluxe three-volume paperback boxed set — gorgeously designed editions in a see-through case, with a removable sticker on the shrink wrap packaging — is a collector’s item in the making. It beautifully showcases Haruki Murakami’s most ambitious novel yet, 1Q84 — a love story, a mystery, a fantasy, a dystopia to rival George Orwell’s.
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