1Q84:, Book 3

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Random House, Aug 1, 2012 - Education - 464 pages
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Korean edition of 1Q84 - a runaway bestseller by Haruki Murakami. 1Q84 is a near-past story inspired by Orwells futuristic 1984. It is told through the bizarre experiences of two protagonists searching for each other: a woman who descends into an alternate universe in 1984 and goes on to commit murders, and a passive college entrance exam prep instructor with a fetish, who is also an unfulfilled and never published novelist. Both exhibit deeply rooted alienation reminiscent of protagonists in Murakamis works. Translated by Yang Yun Ok. Book 3 In Korean. Distributed by Tsai Fong Books, Inc.

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This is the second Murakami book that I have read and I am definitely still a great fan of his writing. For first time readers of Murakami this book might come as a surprise because the descriptions of the characters and the situations in the book are vivid. Sometimes to the point where it gets annoying. The book could be about 300 pages less if Murakami weren't so thorough, this is what makes Murakami Murakami. I'm actually pleased that I finished the book. The whole read is worth it, specially if you start it you should finish it. Kind of a spoiler here but for sure by the end of the book everything is wrapped up fairly nicely and doesn't leave any loose ends like some of Murakami's other books.
I don't know if this review will be helpful for any of you but at least it's a place for me to be able to share my mind about this story. The mystery in this book is very thrilling even though I wouldn't consider this book to be a thriller. There are some parts that even give me the chills such as the part where the dog blows up, and almost any part that involves the little people.
I feel that the last fourth of the book lacked what the beginning of the book had. The last fourth was practically only about Aomame trying to find Tengo, Tengo trying to find Aomame, and Ushikawa trying to find Aomame. The first half of the was almost forgotten along with other interesting characters that I would have liked to see still have a part in the story. what happened to Ebisuno, and Eriko. Those characters I really loved so why take them out of the end of the story? That's just a very small complaint about a very good book.

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About the author (2012)

Haruki Murakami is the author of many novels as well as short stories and non-fiction. His books include Norwegian Wood, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Kafka on the Shore, 1Q84, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage and The Strange Library. His work has been translated into more than 50 languages, and the most recent of his many international honours is the Jerusalem Prize.

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