02 June 2011

After 1Q84

I finished 1Q84 - book 1 & 2 on Monday. Afterwards, I went running in the woods. I ran faster than I have in a while, and my thoughts went back and forth through my head, thinking of everything, anything and nothing at all. It then came to me, I was stuck in that world, Murakami's world. I was scared. I ran through the woods in the middle of the day, and felt scared. Figured the people I met could be anything. Like in Murakami's universe. And I thought that if I'd met a bear, I wouldn't have been all that surprised.

It took me a while to get into this book, a couple of hundred pages, actually. I was a bit disappointed at first. The simple, straight forward language didn't quite appeal to me this time. I don't think it was any different from his other books, really. I've just read the wrong authors lately. Wrong in the sense of preceding Murakami (I've been spoiled, by my number 1 favorite these days, Tomas Espedal. I might tell you about him some day). And it took me a while to get to know the characters. At first sight, they weren't very Murakami like. They weren't quite the Watanabe character I always long for. But of course they were. I only discovered that after a while. The independent young man is there (as a woman, too this time!), but somehow that is not what the book is about.

The story is a strong one, the book a page turner, somewhat similar to Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World (I loved that one!), only not quite so abstract. It is a heart breaking story, one of broken childhoods, loss, loneliness. It's about love, murder, hope, about strong individuals trying to live their lives their own way. It took me a while to get out of the book as well, to get it out of the system (I'm not sure I have yet). I fell in love with the characters, the universe. 1Q84 is the sad love story from Norwegian Wood and South of the Border, West of the Moon, and it is the abstract world from A Wild Sheep Chase and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. And yet, it is completely it's own.

As always, I regret finishing the last Murakami book, and envy all of you who haven't yet read it all. Next year, book 3 will be published in Norwegian, and although I do see book 1 & 2 as a complete and finished story, I look forward to it. Of course I do.

10 comments:

Anja said...

I need to read it NOW.

Tora said...

Yes, you do, go for it! ;-)

Claire M. said...

I love books ;)

Tora said...

Me too, Claire!

Jordmor-Hanne said...

Å! Gleeeede meg! Brodern har kjøpt den og sier at det itte var mange sidene før han skjønte at dette var ei bra bok :)

Tora said...

Den er definitivt Murakami, så om du som meg liker ham, så liker du ganske sikkert denne og. Har han i det hele tatt skrevet dårlige bøker?

Anja said...

Nå har jeg lest den! Parallellimportert til Danmark. Sitter alene i et nesten-øde sommerhus og ble plutselig litt redd, akkurat som deg :)
Det er en rar bok. Jeg vet ikke helt hva jeg synes om den enda, er slett ikke sikker på om jeg liker den, selv om den er godt skrevet. Den er veldig annerledes, til og med annerledes enn alle de andre bølene hans, og de er allerede annerledes enn det meste annet... Hm. Og så hadde jeg glemt at det var et bind til, jeg trodde historien var slutt :)

Anja said...

Bølene, heh, det var jo selvfølgelig en slåfeil :)

Tora said...

Såvidt jeg har skjønt, så er bok 3 veldig annerledes enn bok 1 og 2. I følge Ika Kaminka (tror jeg det var) bør bok 1 og 2 leses sammen (derfor ble de også utgitt i ett på norsk - japanere leser visst mest på toget, så da kan ikke bøkene være så tykke..), mens bok 3 bør leses en stund etter. Og visstnok er det ikke sikkert alle liker bok 3. Så jeg gleder meg veldig til den, hehe! Sånn sett tror jeg vi kan lese bok 1 og 2 som et avsluttet verk. På en måte.

jamieghoffman said...

I am psyched to read 1Q84! All three volumes will be released at once in the U.S. in late October.