I was a senior in college when this book was released. I was captivated by the cover and the summary was quite intriguing. Haruki Murakami was still unknown to me back then, I was struggling within myself if I should buy this piece, unfortunately my cowardice of trying a different author prevailed. I decided to let it pass and not be tempted by the best sellers list advertised at the stores. After five years (thanks to my secret santa), I was finally able to get my hands on 1Q84.
I swam through 1318 pages with Aomame and Tengo, two lonely souls who lived in a world where there are two moons. A world where problems like domestic violence, murder, and greed are rampant. But still a world full of hope, like waiting for Pandora’s box to be opened to release the only good thing left in it.
Since this is my first Murakami novel, I was pretty excited to read it. My expectations were way over my head, and I’m glad to say I was not disappointed – in some parts. It was pretty amazing how he quoted classic artists. I appreciated the fact that he reminded us of musicians and authors (or perhaps introduced us to them), who remain unknown to our generation today. I admired that he talked about some of the big issues in our society, like the hopeless case of domestic violence and how blind obedience to a cult or religion could be deadly. My satisfaction with the novel eventually lead to a slight disappointment due to excessive erotic scenes. For me once or twice is bearable, but too much sex in a novel could destroy its essence; it sometimes make me feel like authors are no longer selling literary artworks but porno on a paperback. There were also moments when the next part was predictable, but you just can’t stop turning each page because you wanted to know if your hunch is correct or not. Although, personally I think the novel was not a complete let down and as one of its critics said it is a “complex and surreal narrative”. I wasn’t completely dissatisfied, because at the end of it my mind was still churning. I was still wondering what happened to the world with two moons.
I’m not sure what the , but I was completely struck with how love was portrayed. We all know that love can brave all odds, it can surpass the trials of time, distance, culture, and religion. Here Murakami also showed that love can transcend anything and everything even dimensions.
You might have to see for yourself if you will love this book or not. As long as you’re willing to embark on a journey of over a thousand pages.
If you want to know more about Haruki Murakami click here for his US website.