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Friday, October 17, 2014

1Q84

1Q84 (1Q84, #1-3)1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Japan 1984, down the rabbit hole Aomame goes when she leaves a taxi and highway through an emergency exit to make an important appointment. With the help from an elderly woman and her body guard Aomame hands out permanent retribution to domestic abusers. Her childhood friend Tengo is approached to rewrite a story called Air Chrysalis. The real author is the seventeen year old Fuka-Eri, who escaped from the Sakigake cult. Aomame and Tengo are both pursued by Ushikawa, the disgusting yet effective man ordered by Sakigake to find them. These three characters stories intertwine and drive the story.

This is a complex and intricate work, it was originally published in three volumes in Japan. We're talking about a parallel world with two moons and mythical creatures known as Little People. Throw in a something like a love story and a well connected cult and you get a lot of stuff to think about. It was good, maybe a little too dense to read when you're needing an easy read, but it hit the spot. I'll be reading some of Murakami's other translated works down the road.

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