1Q84

Author: Haruki Murakami
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, New York
Publication Date: October 2011
Pages: 925

Living one hectic day after another in the city, you tend to look down at the ground. 
You forget to even look at the night sky.

After more than three months drowning in Haruki Murakami's weird world, finally I have to say farewell to this phenomenal novel. Why does it take so long for me to finish it? Is the story boring? No, of course not. Actually this novel is a page-turner. But it's simply because the size of the novel itself. It's so thick and big. Absolutely not an easy-to-carry kind of  book. The only place to read it is at home *excuse*. 

But tell you what, this novel is just so magical. You can"t even guess where Murakami will lead us to since we don't have any idea what is going to happen next to the characters in the book? Imagine there is a world with two moons, yes there are two moons (made me once checked the sky myself), not stop there, Murakami also creates the Little People who emerge of  a goat's mouth and to make it's more mysterious, these Little People are able to make an air chrysalis. Whew...as usual only Murakami who could make me feel that I am dreaming it myself.

The story was taken place in Tokyo back in year 1984. A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she at last realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 --Q is for 'question mark'--. A world that bears a question. Meanwhile, a writer named Tengo joins a ghostwriting project. He becomes so wrapped up with the work and its unusual writer, that soon his previously placid life begins to come unraveled.

Murakami spent three years writing the novel after coming up with the opening sequence and the title. This  one is  Murakami's long awaited novel. It's his first novel in four years. The novel quickly became a sensation with its first printing selling out the day it was released and reaching sales of one million within a month, WOW....

Murakami is a living legend of surreal, world-bending fiction. 1Q84 is absolutely Murakami at his best.Over the weeks that follow, bits and pieces of the novel still float back in my mind, especially some of its weird images. There's more than enough food for thoughts.

4 comments:

ferina May 23, 2012 at 2:56 PM  

wow.. akhirnya selesai juga ya, mbak :)

riana May 24, 2012 at 9:24 AM  

@ferina: iyaaa..ini sepertinya novel terlama yg pernah aku baca, lebih dari 3 bulan, hehe...

mia May 31, 2012 at 1:54 PM  

Lebih dari 3 bulan wajar Mbaak, tebelnya macam bantal saja. Murakami saya cuma pernah baca Norwegian Wood, yang ini belum tertarik baca dan tebalnya itu loh aduh aduh :p

riana June 3, 2012 at 8:03 AM  

@mia: iyaaa..buku ini bener2 ga handy, tebel & hurufnya kecil2, butuh tekad kuat untuk menyelesaikannya, padahal ceritanya keren, begitu mulai baca susah berhenti...:)