1Q84 by Haruki Murakami.
Post by Carlie from Southport Library.
Divided into three volumes, Murakami’s latest offering features his usual repertoire of surreality, parallel dimensions and loner characters that exist at the borders of society.
For some this formula is tiresome, for me I revel in his ability to write about a Tokyo that has 2 moons and little creatures that emerge from animal corpses with a cool and sparse touch, while also managing to explore the loneliness of modern life with feeling and originality.
Despite accusations that he uses surrealism unnecessarily at times, the strength of this particular book is that he has managed to write a highly original love story where the lovers don’t actually meet for the bulk of the story. He has also written some especially strong female characters such as the memorable Aomame.
While I enjoyed this book it doesn’t match up to some of Murakami’s earlier works such as his epic examination of Japan’s modern history in The Wind Up Bird Chronicles, and the emotionally engaging Norwegian Wood. So even if it isn’t the best example of Murakami’s brilliance it is still great in my view. If you’re one who is amazed by his ability to fuse reality and surreality so seamlessly this book definitely won’t disappoint. Newcomers may want to check out his earlier books before tackling this one.