Weekend Reading: 1Q84

Weekend Reading is my semi-regular series where I share what I’m reading, blog posts I’m loving and, in general, what I’m up to when I’m not blogging. Want to read along?

It’s been awhile since I shared what I’ve been reading but a few recent books are must-shares that I hope you all will enjoy as much as I did.

First up: 1Q84.

1Q84 book cover

I will warn those of you with short attention spans this is a loooooooooonnnnnngggggg booooooooooooooook. That doesn’t even describe how long it is.

It’s technically three books in one (I bought the version with all three bound together) and it totalled almost 1,500 pages. While I devour many books, this is a good one for a long trip because it will take you awhile to read.

Amazon’s description says:

The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver’s enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 —“Q is for ‘question mark.’ A world that bears a question.” Meanwhile, an aspiring writer named Tengo takes on a suspect ghostwriting project. He becomes so wrapped up with the work and its unusual author that, soon, his previously placid life begins to come unraveled.

As Aomame’s and Tengo’s narratives converge over the course of this single year, we learn of the profound and tangled connections that bind them ever closer: a beautiful, dyslexic teenage girl with a unique vision; a mysterious religious cult that instigated a shoot-out with the metropolitan police; a reclusive, wealthy dowager who runs a shelter for abused women; a hideously ugly private investigator; a mild-mannered yet ruthlessly efficient bodyguard; and a peculiarly insistent television-fee collector.

A love story, a mystery, a fantasy, a novel of self-discovery, a dystopia to rival George Orwell’s—1Q84 is Haruki Murakami’s most ambitious undertaking yet: an instant best seller in his native Japan, and a tremendous feat of imagination from one of our most revered contemporary writers.

See? Even the description is long.

I will admit this book was very slow at the beginning but by the time you get into Part 2 things are off and running pretty quickly. In some ways, it’s like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in that way. I was pretty quickly pulled into the story lines of each character and once the story lines converged, it was hard to put this book down.

In the end, like most books, I didn’t love the ending but it was a good ending nonetheless.

I highly recommend you check out 1Q84 if you’re looking for a book that will take you longer than the weekend to read.

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  1. I love hearing what people are reading – what a great idea for a blog series! That book sounds complicated but intriguing – aka, perfect for a (long!) weekend read!
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  2. I’m finishing up The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest. I’ve read it many times before, but it is one of those stories I can just read again and again!
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