This is a best seller. And a tome. He’a a well known Japanese author and this novel proves why.
Murakami has crafted a complex, sensitive, and imaginative tale. At time poignant, the story unfolds over the course of a year: two young adults destined to be partners.
They are school mates at ages nine and ten. A bond is set between them. They both have unusual parents, social settings, skills. Nothing whopping odd or weird but enough to separate them from the rest of their class mates. What bonds them, though, is greater than being isolated, outsiders. It is destiny, and perhaps God, or fate. They are meant to be partners.
As they both approach age thirty we find them set in their life objectives. He is a part time teacher and beginning novelist. She is a massage therapist, the physical therapy kind. Both remain relatively isolated; neither has forgotten the other. And then he is asked to polish a roughly written work by a young girl. It is the story of where both the love interest and the original author come from, a religious cult. And when the book is widely acclaimed the two protagonists are drawn to each other in a world of religious cultism, mysticism, and alternative contemporary time that is much like the world they live in, but in the alternative world, the influence of secretive Little People who have special talents, interests and skills is very important. It is the basis of the cult and the cult intersects both 1984 and its alternative, 1Q84.
We don’t learn much about the Little People except that their influence is set to greatly weigh upon a potential future in the time of 1Q84. I wish Murakami had explained more about them. But he did not and this was one of two negatives comment I offer. More. Please!
The second is that the book is a whopper. I don’t mind big books, big stories. But I found a lot of this one unimportant to character development, or the story at large. It is true that people fix meals. But why do we have to know about each meal, or how it is prepared? I was, frankly, eager to get on with the story and in the end felt there was probably about a third more book than there should have been.
On the upside, the story is full of wonder, danger, imagination. And the writing is at times compelling, drawing the reader on and on until I looked up and saw it was 3:00 a.m. I shoulda been asleep hours ago. So I put my other things aside, dedicated myself to finding out what happened and made a huge concerted effort to finish the book. It was worth it. I liked this book very very much. Thank you, Mr. Murakami, thank you. 13 hours ago