Waiting on Wednesday: Murakami’s 1Q84
For my first “Waiting on Wednesday” pick (idea from Breaking the Spine), I’ve selected Murakami’s 1Q84, which isn’t due out in English until 2011, but I’m eagerly anticipating it.
“1Q84” is a play on the Japanese pronunciation of the year 1984 and alludes to Orwell’s 1984. The novel has been described as a “complex and surreal narrative” which “shifts back and forth between tales of two characters, a man and a woman, who are searching for each other.”
We are introduced to four key characters: Aomame, a 30-year-old woman whose job is to commit “carefully selected murders;” Tengo, an unpublished novelist who works as a math tutor; Komatsu, a45-year-old editor of a publishing company; and Fukaeri, a high school student whose manuscript is entered in a literary contest.
The novel revolves around Aomame having a series of unique experiences and determining that she must be living in an alternate reality. In true Murakami fashion, I’m sure 1Q84 will be nothing short of a bizarre dreamlike tale that keeps you guessing at every turn.