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Feature: Why You Should Read This Book #11 – 1Q84

Five Reasons Why You Should Read 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

1. Everyone should read a Murakami book in their lifetime. He has a very unique way of story-telling, very usual but absolutely brilliant. I’ve read several of his books; they’ve all been very different from one another and anything else I’ve read.

2. They tend to be very cerebral reads. The subject matter often makes you think and he is a master at keeping things hidden.

3. If, like me, you often seem to end up reading books set in either Europe or North America, it’s nice to read some fiction set elsewhere. I believe that all of his books are set in Japan, although there may be a couple of exceptions.

4. He has a very detailed writing style (and has therefore written several hefty volumes), which easily conjures up some fantastically detailed images.

5. The lives of both Aomame and Tengo are cleverly and strangely entwined, the book being somehow both realistic and unrealistic  in its portrayal of human lives. The occasional odd event makes it clear that not everything is as it seems.

Murakami is not necessarily to everyone’s taste, but I urge you to try at least one of his books in your lifetime! Norwegian Wood might be a good place to start, as it is shorter and a bit less obscure than some of his other work.

10 thoughts on “Feature: Why You Should Read This Book #11 – 1Q84”

    1. I think Norwegian Wood has the most ‘normal’ setting. I have to admit that although I’ve enjoyed most of his books that I’ve read so far, one of them I just couldn’t finish. This is definitely my favourite one so far though =)

  1. 1Q84 is one of my only DNFs EVER! Haha. But I feel like I’m in the total minority in disliking this one. I just couldn’t bring myself to care enough about the 2 main characters and I gave up about 50% of the way through. However, I do want to try Murakami again…sounds like Norwegian Wood might be a better bet for me.

    1. Haha, I did see that on Goodreads! I think it might be, it’s definitely the least obscure that I’m aware of. Maybe you have to ease yourself into his writing? =P

  2. I ever started watching Norwegian Wood the movie but got cut off 15 minutes into it. Sigh, I definitely want to read Murakami’s novels! It helps to also have a friend who absolutely adores Murakami and she also likes my book choices so it’s like a confirmation that I MUST read this, LOL. 😛

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