1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (review by Elisabeth S. ’16)

1Q84 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Murakami may be one of the most talented storytellers alive today, and his genius manifests once again in this ethereal, lyrical magnum opus. The main stories are interwoven effortlessly; the novel details the life of aspiring novelist and math teacher Tengo, and Aomame, the secretive, justice-bent martial artist masquerading as a simple yoga instructor. Tengo assists a young girl named Fuka-Eri in the creation of his own literary masterpiece that will change both of their lives forever while also involving him in a bizarre religious cult that puts him in mortal danger. Aomame works for a dowager countess in eliminating perpetrators of domestic violence. The love story is touching and the entire novel surreal. Murakami’s prose is truly poignant and unforgettable. 1Q84 is a novel that will linger in the minds of readers for hours, days, weeks, months, and years. Highly recommended to bibliophiles who do not mind a tour de force that tops out at 1,184 pages. – Elisabeth S. ‘16

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