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IQ84 (Books 1 & 2) - Haruki Murakami

I know very little about Japan and its history or culture. There, I've said it. This book is only the second novel I have read by Haruki Murakami, the first being The Wind Up Bird Chronicle which I enjoyed, and in both of these books there are common themes running through them. Murakami charts the loneliness and anonymity of life in gargantuan cities, spirituality, surrealism, and the way in which people live with and handle the human condition.

It's the intertwining story of Tengo Kawana a maths teacher and writer/editor for a publisher, and a young women Aomame, a loner and gym instructor who's sideline is contract killing. The story is set in 1984 and describes the histories of these two main characters as well as others in what is one of the most original pieces of fiction I have read in a long while. The IQ84 is a separate world which is slowly but surely changing the course of Tengo and Aomame's lives. Religious cults, Manga-like eroticism, murder, love, science fiction, and the force for good that is human compassion are eloquently written about in this book. Couple that with a plot that hooks you from start to finish this is a wonderful story. I got the hardback one volume edition of Book one and Book two and there is a Book three which I will savour the wait for before I get a copy and get stuck into it. IQ84 sold a staggering one million copies plus in its first month of publication in Japan. A statistic worthy of the books content and testament to the fact that people want to read quality fiction.
Late Doors

Ive heard it said a few times that Japanese culture and history is fascinating and an education to understand. Never appealed to me but so many people cant be wrong.

sounds a bit lost in Translationey if that isnt a glib observation
Dock

Late Doors wrote:
Ive heard it said a few times that Japanese culture and history is fascinating and an education to understand. Never appealed to me but so many people cant be wrong.

sounds a bit lost in Translationey if that isnt a glib observation


I wouldn't say it was glib to say that but if you had told me that the lights all went down in Massachusetts I would certainly have considered that a very Gibb observation.
bearing

Who did the translation? That is assuming you didn't read the original Japanese version.

By all accounts Kafka on the Shore is as good as The Wind Up Bird Chronicle, you might want to delve into that one.
Dock

bearing wrote:
Who did the translation? That is assuming you didn't read the original Japanese version.

By all accounts Kafka on the Shore is as good as The Wind Up Bird Chronicle, you might want to delve into that one.


I read the original Japanese version. Like fuck I did.

The name of the translator is in the front but I can't remember it. Soz!
bearing

Dock wrote:
bearing wrote:
Who did the translation? That is assuming you didn't read the original Japanese version.

By all accounts Kafka on the Shore is as good as The Wind Up Bird Chronicle, you might want to delve into that one.


I read the original Japanese version. Like fuck I did.

The name of the translator is in the front but I can't remember it. Soz!


Chop Chop then.  
Dock

bearing wrote:
Dock wrote:
bearing wrote:
Who did the translation? That is assuming you didn't read the original Japanese version.

By all accounts Kafka on the Shore is as good as The Wind Up Bird Chronicle, you might want to delve into that one.


I read the original Japanese version. Like fuck I did.

The name of the translator is in the front but I can't remember it. Soz!


Chop Chop then.


*swings axe at Bearing*
Grind

How is Be A Ring?
bearing

Grind wrote:
How is Be A Ring?


Fine, he's not got the longest reach if I'm honest.
Dock

Just finished IQ84 Book 3. The final instalment of Tengo and Aomame's story. Not as enthralling as the first two books plot-wise but another fine example of the kind of quality writing that Murakami delivers to those who invest their time in his books. 5.22 on Kindle.
Late Doors

5.22 ?
sheeps

Late Doors wrote:
5.22 ?





Just ordered all three in a package from Amazon for nine quid.
Dock

Late Doors wrote:
5.22 ?


Yes. Five English pounds and twenty two pence. Comprende?

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