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.
This time I just wanted to share one of my all time favorite quotes. This one belongs to Goethe, an excerpt from the book The Sorrows of Young Werther (click for review).
“When I consider the narrow limits within which our active and inquiring faculties are confined; when I see how all our energies are wasted in providing for mere necessities, which again have no further end than to prolong a wretched existence; and then that all our satisfaction concerning certain subjects of investigation ends in nothing better than a passive resignation, whilst we amuse ourselves painting our prison-walls with bright figures and brilliant landscapes, -when I consider all this, Wilhelm, I am silent.
I examine my own being, and find there a world, but a world rather of imagination and dim desires, than of distinctness and living power.
Then everything swims before my senses, and I smile and dream while pursuing my way through the world.”
Favorite romance book
I don’t have a single favorite romance book but I can mention a few books that own my heart: It Ends With Us, Me Before You/After You, Love and Other Foreign Words and
The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy. Also Jodi Picoult’s The Pact. And All the Bright Places. And Everything Everything. And I’m gonna try to stop now cause I could
go on and on.
A book you thought you wouldn’t like but you ended up loving.
Mostly I WANT to like some books and I end up hating them so I’m glad I experienced the opposite with Jane Eyre. I wasn’t even sure that I would like it at first but as I kept reading I realised that I have been A FOOL! ALL MY LIFE! And I thought that people that love Jane Eyre are boring and don’t know good books.
Check out the review here.
Most overrated book.
Frankenstein. I hated it and I didn’t even give it a second thought when I had to choose one. This book is the definition of an overrated book that’s boring and it sucks the whole life out of you cause it’s SO BORING.
Do you imagine it being creepy? Well it ain’t. Not one bit.
You can read my review here.
A book that makes you sad
I can’t believe I get all the feels when I see this one on the shelf. All the Bright Places. It made me cry and it made me so sad I just couldn’t get over it for a while. It was just like I was in her place and his death happened in real life. I also really thought Finn could make an awesome boyfriend and I got attached to him I don’t even know how. FINN DESERVED BETTER, JENNIFER! Maybe if something this tragic wouldn’t have happened I wouldn’t have loved him this much but I really believe it would’ve been better for all the readers if he wouldn’t have died and make this beautiful “poetry” out of it. Like it wasn’t enough that he was dead he kept being awesome even after he died. This one’s a page turner alright?!
Just in case some of you don’t have a Goodreads account, I thought I might give you some information on my rating system since it’s similar to the one on Goodreads. I’ve seen many bloggers do this and I think that it’s not a bad idea. It will be easier for all of you to actually acknowledge my opinion on them.
I don’t give a rating of 5 very often but when I do, I do it cause the book totally deserves all my recognition and even though I don’t mention that I recommend it, it goes without saying that you should go read it. Those are one of the beautiful things that make me happy.
4 means yeah it was really awesome, I could recommend it but not all of them that are rated 4. I usually rate those that have a potential to be awesome but they didn’t reach that level. I liked them a lot but not enough to be the top best ones.
3 is like mediocre. Yeah it wasn’t bad but I’m not dying over it either. A casual read that didn’t suck.
I give 2 when the book is kinda bad but I still liked something about it and it won’t let me give it a 1. It’s just not that low as the ones I rate 1 but it’s not mediocre either. The writing could be awesome but the plot could be bad or the other way.
1 is just garbage that I don’t even know how I finished.
Alright this is extremely simple to get and I don’t think that I need to say a lot more about it. I just thought some of you might like to know.
Have an awesome day!