Friday, October 28, 2011
1Q84: Books 1 and 2 by Haruki Murakami
If you have read any of Haruki Murakami's previous books, you might find it a lot easier to get the grips with the surrealism portrayed in 1Q84, which is a parody of George Orwell's 1984.
The letter 'Q' in Japanese sounds like the number 9, hence the title.
Haruki Murakami is a Japanese author who has successfully broken the East/West barrier, and is probably the most famous author ever to come out of Japan.
Even the staid Guardian has described him as "one of the world's greatest living novelists".
1Q84 is based around two main characters who are seemingly living on parallel universes within the same city.
He is a writer and teacher, and she is a female assassin.
Their lives are inextricably drawn towards each other, and while at the start of the book you may be perplexed as to their relationship, all will be revealed, slowly.
An amazing book. Highly recommended.
If you are new to Haruki Murakami, it is advised you read After The Quake first.