1Q84: the Japanese trilogy

This trilogy of books, translated from the original Japanese, have been taking the literary world by storm for their new description of the basic Orwellian idea of Dystopia. Haruki Murakami, already famous for his works such as Norwegian Wood (I was going to review this one but I won’t review anything that appears to have more suicides than chapters.) has reinvented himself with a new topic. Magic. For those who have read his other books, the suicide rate has stayed relatively the same but is stretched over 3 books so it doesn’t hurt as much.

The idea for 1Q84 was in fact what Haruki took from the original 1984 and what he thought could happen, even choosing Q, a letter that in Japanese  sounds like 9. Basic plot time: The books revolve around two characters Aomame (it’s Japanese for Green Been isn’t that nice) and Tengo, some 20somethings living in Japan in 1984, spooky isn’t it. Within the first few chapters you can tell something bad is going to happen and you are pretty sure that they will be involved in it. Aomame is a relatively normal gym teacher with a tendency to murder men who are not very nice to women. I promise I haven’t ruined the story; the first murder is basically in the first chapter. Whereas Tengo is a happy Maths teacher with a love for writing books, although a distinct lack of talent on the plot area. These two lovely people are busy with their own lives, doing the things that they do until… A girl appears to have the greatest plot line ever and an odd creation called an Air Chrysalis and Aomame goes down a fire escape by the side of the road, seriously that is what happens to her. Their worlds are changed and men have magical powers and a lack of knowledge of social norms and actual laws. They keep almost running into each other, but, as they were both once classmates and totally love each other, they don’t do that well.

The books themselves, a mere 984 words long altogether can get a little slow and the constant jumping between random events can become a little tiresome. But, once you try hard enough, you can get into this book and reap the rewards of a great ending, with many twists and turns.

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