“Most captivating book i've read. Sureal.”christie pamplemousse wrote this review 3 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A wonderful story that knits together a story of loneliness and love with elements of literary shenanigans, murder mystery and fantasy. I am a little baffled at how to write a short review of an 1100+ page book. The key characters in this story are all deeply alone, and their loneliness arises from different forms of parental absence, neglect or abuse. Then worlds collide, fiction changes reality and they learn, or suspect, that you never can go back. 4.5 stars”john seymour wrote this review 3 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“5 stars and a heart. I have absolutely loved IQ84 from start to finish. A fabulous intertwining of characters' lives and loves, exploring themes of sex, love, loneliness and belief as well as dealing with religion, death and childhood. As with many of the Murakami books I have read, I am slightly at a loss as to how to review this but I have very much enjoyed reading about Aomame and Tengo, about Fuka-Eri and the Little People and didn't really want it to end, despite hurtling towards the inevitable conclusion. A great trilogy and one that will keep me thinking for a while to come. ”Sashinka wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“925 pages! Normally I would not undertake this, but as I had some long plane rides, it was now or never. As often happens with a book of this length, parts were mesmerizing, while parts seemed like filler. Part mystery, part fantasy, part thriller, it followed the intertwining lives of Tengo and Anemone, who knew each other in childhood, and over 925 pages sought to reconnect, as they found themselves living in 1Q84, rather than 1984. An alternate world, if you will. If you have a long plane ride, or not much to do, worth it. If you have a busy life, good luck in trying to finish this.”irwin l wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“If you're a Murakami fan, it's well worth the massive 1300 pages or so... I loved it. Twisted, romantic, fantastic, symbolic.. He somehow managed to use the same themes (music, author, detective, strange girl, surreal world) without really exhausting them.”Guy Nachimson wrote this review 4 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Captivating. Confusing. Strange. Disturbing. Sweet. Moving. Creepy. Enigmatic. Deep. These are SOME of the attributes of this mega-novel. AND it's 1,157 pages long. But, it reels you in and doesn't let go until it's picked you up out of the ocean and exposed you to a whole other world. Then at the very end, it throws you back into the ocean with more questions than answers. However, those questions cease to remain important because the one thing you have been wondering about since you were first hooked has come to an absolute and irrevocable conclusion. That little voice inside me that craves infeasible omniscience won't shut the hell up, though. I believe that was partly your intent. :) ”Katie M wrote this review Friday, November 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The story takes place in Tokyo in 1984 and like other books by Murakami has many of the same themes, symbols and imagery. Music plays a big part in the author’s books, and he makes reference to many composers and musicians of the past, ranging from Bach, Vivaldi and Leoš Janáček (his Sinfonietta popping up many times at crucial points in the novel) to more contemporary artists such as Billie Holiday, Charles Mingus and The Rolling Stones. The song Paper Moon is an Asian song and also has a major part besides the Sinfonietta. Besides music there are many references to literature such as Chekov, Tolstoy, Hemingway and Proust.
The story is a love story, a mystery and suspense novel, a parallel universe and also has a lot of philosophical and social commentaries and it is a fine example of Japanese magical realism.
I really enjoyed the story and thought it was his best work but maybe I am wrong. Some reviewers think it is his weakest. It was suspenseful, pulled you in and you wanted to keep reading to learn more of the mysteries which were slowly revealed.
What I didn’t like would be the strong sexual content that you get in a Murakami novel and I also thought the ending was weak. Where it should have been the most tense, it was actually quite uneventful. Some things were left unexplained so that could also be bothersome though I didn’t find it that annoying.
I thought the narration was good. The story was back and forth between narrators with most narration either by Tango or Aomame but also Ushikawa.
“As usual an entertaining read but not as good as The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. Book one and two started out so strong but book three got a little drawn out and redundant. Since I gave Wind-up 4 stars I will have to downgrade this by half a star. ”Lynsey wrote this review Monday, November 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A brilliant read. It is exceedingly rare a book this lengthy keeps me on the edge the entire way through...but this one did!
Don't know if it is a cultural gap or my own density, but I can never seem to grasp the point / lesson of Murakami's brilliant books. There is an intrinsic value to entertainment and his works do compel me to ponder life, but any moral lessons he is attempting to convey always come across as inscrutable (to me, lol).”