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1Q84 by Haruki Murakami.

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1Q84 by Haruki Murakami : lafinduglobe review

 

 

 

Title: 1Q84

Author: Haruki Murakami

Published: Published January 22nd 2013 by Vintage (first published 2010)

Genre: Surrealism

Format: Paperback for half and then I switched to a Kindle version.

Notes: 1157 pages LONG but worth it.

 

This book took me, what seemed like, forever. I read it along a few other books this year. Many people think the novel would be better if it was shorter but I disagree. I loved it! I really, really, love long drawn out character development. I blame this love on reading Stephen King at a young age. I started out with the paperback version of this book but as time went on, I switched to my Kindle to save space (and weight) in my bag. 

I've debated on providing character synopses but I've decided against it; there are plenty of online resources that provide in-depth plot breakdowns. As always, I suggest goodreads.com or AVclub.com. (But in this case, AVclub gives 1Q84 a horrible grade...)

This book isn't for everyone, I don't even think it's for the majority of Murakami fans. He has other novels that are shorter and much more highly regarded. With that said, I haven't read anything of his (so far) that I didn't love. 

If you love long, surreal and dreamy books--this is for you. I fell in love with all the characters. I was rooting for Tengo and Aomame the entire time. I will say this: I wish I knew more about the history of the Little People. It'd be amazing if Murakami wrote a short story or essay describing them further. 

Five Stars : lafinduglobe