For those who follow me on my other social medias, know that I'm so into Haruki Murakami these days.
Haruki Murakami is a famous writer from Japan, born in Kyoto, 1949. His works have been translated into more than 40 languages.
Ever since I've heard about Murakami, 1Q84 has been the most famous & some people complain about how difficult the books is to absorb. I was so eager to read the book, so I bought one.
1Q84 took set mostly in Tokyo. The main characters were a girl named Aomame, who turned out to be an assassin for homicide suspects, and Tengo, the calm, good-guy type, writer, and a math teacher. The story line itself is not that surprising in the beginning. Just the characters' routines, and their own problems. But as you keep turning the pages, the conflicts went even crazier.
It began from the ultimate breath-taking novel titled 'Air Chrysalis' that had been written by a dyslexia girl named Fuka-Eri. Murakami had perfectly described Fuka-Eri as a beautiful, flawless 17 years old girl who spoke oddly. Tengo, as the direction from his buddy named Komatsu, forced him to be a ghost writer of Air Chrysalis because he believed that the work would win the national competition - and it turned to be the winner. The Air Chrysalis itself told a story about a girl who lived in the very strict religion area, and there were mysterious character named Little People.
Aomame's family was a member of religious organization, but Aomame decided to leave her family because she didn't stand the routines. As the pages turned, you could see the connection between Tengo's conflict and Aomame's.
I'm not going to be a spoiler, so here is my own opinion about this book.
The cover. I like the cover that was published by Vintage publisher.
The novel has more than 900 pages, which is so satisfying for me.
And here is the main opinion, the story.
The thing I love the most from this book is the story line. It's actually quite predictable when you recognize that each character has connection to each other ("I know they will meet!"), but you have no idea how Murakami make the connection exists. Murakami has his own way to do it, in every novel he has written though.
The conflicts are not common, Murakami keeps adding his psychological, scientific, and artsy view in this story. The world that has two moons? And 'cat town'? Only Murakami can make it happen into the words.
The characters. To be honest, the main characters aren't as rich as Kafka On The Shore's story. A girl, and a boy. Despite of the unusual conflicts they're having, the personalities were quite ordinary. What I love the most is the additional character. Let's say Ushikawa, the ugly-looking antagonist, and Fuka-Eri the mysterious dyslexia girl. Maybe because they are not the main characters, Murakami has described them in details and I just could feel them better than Aomame and Tengo.
If you're reading this, and considering to read Murakami's work for the first time, I warn you, don't expect he will explain every conflict in details. Murakami loves to leave the readers puzzled, asked "Where the hell this character go? How about the blablablabla and bla?". I have read 3 of his works, and it always turned out to be like that. But I guess, that's just how Murakami writes, and I adore it. I worship his works.
Overall, this book has left a great impression for me. Every time my friends ask me about what 1Q84 tells, honestly I can't have a right word to explain it. The genre is so mixed. You'll find romance, science-fiction, and mystery in one story, which is the great point from this book. You can find so many lessons here. My favorite lesson that I got?
Carl Jung's infamous line.
And here's a bit of my favorite line from the book:
"Most people are not looking for provable truths. As you said, truth is often accompanied by intense pain, and almost no one is looking for painful truths. What people need is beautiful, comforting stories that make them feel as if their lives have some meaning."