As you might know, Murakami is one of my sweethearts and I’m close to reading all of his books (so far). This time was 1Q84‘s round.
I started this book with some big expectations but he didn’t really reach them.
For a book that has like 1000 pages in which Murakami could spill all his creativity in and play with it however he would like to, I was not that impressed. Of course, he had this crazy idea of another world, little people make air chrysalisis, every person is pretty much split in two (a dohta and a maza), weird religions, disturbing scenes and two moons, it had a lot of things. But it still lacked a special “spice”.
While reading, of course you make up a lot of theories and ideas that this might be that and so on but as usual he leaves you pretty confused.
What I do believe that happened in 1Q84 was that the people were split. For example, while Aomame was in hiding and the NHK fee collector always came to knock on the door and disturb her (same as what happened to Ushikawa in hiding) was actually Tengo’s father that while in coma was “knocking” on his bed and Tengo actually told him to get over it because he is not an NHK collector anymore. But that’s what he knew to do best.
Another example for that was the moment when Tengo did it with Fuka Eri… more like Fuka Eri with him… he managed not to get Fuka Eri pregnant, but Aomame. I believe those were connected too.
In the end, while many of us, Murakami lovers, have been looking for his book’s meaning, we just have to get used to the fact that this book has no meaning just like most of them. He’s just entertaining us with an otherworldly fantasy in which nothing that we ever think that could happen actually takes place.
Favorite quote from your favorite book.
“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.” -1984, George Orwell.
Book turned into movie and completely desecrated.
You might know how awesome 1984 is. Well, there’s also a movie based on it. One night I made myself cozy and I got the movie to watch it, super excited thinking that it’s gonna be the best movie ever and nobody can top it and I’m gonna have a seizure and faint cause it’s so awesome. Well guess what. I couldn’t even make myself finish it. Whenever I recommend somebody the book I also tell them not to watch the movie cause its shit. I feel like the whole movie was a complete void. Like all the scenes were dark and creepy. I don’t remember how much I have watched but I was so disappointed!! The book deserves better.
A book that you’ve read more than 3 times.
George Orwell’s 1984 all the way. I bought it and then I read it and I read it again and I skimmed it afterwards. It destroyed me and I loved it and I made all my friends read it so they will be destroyed too and everyone was happy and it all went well. You should go read it too now. Seriously. I’m not a fan of politics or anything like that but THIS ONE IS A GEM!!
My favorite book of all time, 1984 by George Orwell.
This book is the one that started my love for reading and the one that made me want to read some more dystopian books.
Orwell is considered a prophet of literature, writing the book in 1948 and being so accurate years later.
1984 is truly frightening and it can destroy you. After finishing it from time to time I was having some flashbacks from it. Living in totalitarism where the society is controlled by the Big Brother is no joke. And by controlled I mean literally your every move was watched.
You won’t get how awful this is until you see it through Winston Smith’s eyes (the main character). He tries to live his life like any other person, drinking coke, smoking his cigarettes…falling in love eventually with a girl from the anti-sex group…but you know what they say…you can run but you can’t hide.
They eventually fix him in the end.
By the way, don’t watch the movie.