1Q84 was quite a challenging read for me, it consists of 3 books in one edition with a total of more than 1300 pages. It was also one of Haruki Murakami‘s work that I very anticipated, considering its surrealistic theme and its thickness.
The book tells the story of two protagonists: Aomame and Tengo. Masami Aomame is a fitness and martial arts instructor who also has a distinguish ability of acupuncture and somehow may use her ability to ‘eliminate’ abusive criminals, sends them to the other side of the world. Meanwhile Tengo Kawana is a mathematics teacher and judo prodigy who likes writing fictions.
Their fates are closely intertwined in a different world that they used to know. At the year of 1984, in this world of 1Q84 – as Aomame would recall (‘Q’ for ‘question’) or “the cat town” – as Tengo would recall, there are two moons in the sky. In this parallel metaphysical world, the descriptions in the book ‘Air Chrysalis’ – a fantasy book written by Tengo and Fuka-Eri (pen name of Eriko Fukada, a mysterious dyslexic yet clever student girl) becomes reality from time to time. Aomame and Tengo, separately have to decipher their own enigmatic life in this world of loneliness and strangeness before meet each other to move back to their normal world.
Murakami describes every characters, places, thoughts, and situations so deeply and vividly readers are just like sunk into his magical realism world. He really has a grand picture of his work that he moves his characters freely without a haste, carefully depict their character’s emotions, actions, and connections with an in-depth description. He is also use wonderful metaphorical expressions in every paragraphs of this fiction. This is really a good reading for those who admire metaphysical existence and lonely yet strong characters.
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