A former globetrotting surf punk turned homeowner with ecclectic tastes. Classics, horror, crime, biographies or lectures? Yes please!
I really do not understand all of the overly positive reviews for this book. There is a creepy and creative storyline, way down deep in this book somewhere, but it is smothered by childish body fixations and overly verbose descriptions of unnecessary details that, ultimately, go no where.
It seems like a lot of people have been convinced that this is one of those books one "must" like, because I honestly don't understand the appeal otherwise. There are some really creative characters and twists in here, but those are the least described pieces of the book...no joke, it is like 300 words to one in terms of coverage.
Especially ironic is that he keeps citing Chekov's "one must not put a loaded rifle on the stage if no one is thinking of firing it," because he does EXACTLY the opposite throughout this book. A rubber tree here, a goldfish there, spiders over yonder, a piece a celery over there, a crazy drunken foursome sex romp that can't quite be remembered...none of which serve any purpose whatsoever, but take up PAGES.
If they ever come out with an abridged version, MAYBE go for that...just make sure it is only about 10 hours long, because that is all this "story" actually requires.
First Considered 3 stars, but as the weeks go by, I find myself ruminating on the story at odd moments. Definitely an author to keep my eye on.
In the year 1Q84, we are introduced to two parallel stories. In one, author Tengo revises an extremely poorly written book-- helping it to win a writing contest and become a best seller. Oh, how I wish he could have revised 1Q84! I am unsure if the problem comes from having the voices of two separate translators, or if this was just a truly poorly written book. A good editor could have reduced the download by at least ten hours and nothing would have been lost. In fact, I skipped one entire section and still could follow the tedious redunancy. One of the most irritating aspects was the repetition of thoughts, facts and actions echoed by the characters both aloud and in their thoughts. Originally the book was published as a three book serial in Japan. A good editor could have removed much of the unnecessary repetition--especially for the audible version. The book within the book was described as "awkward but with great promise." Unfortunately, the same could be said for this download.
I would not listen to this story again. I think Murakami wrote better books and the sexually explicit content made me uncomfortable.
I liked three stories that converge in the end.
Each of the narrators did a wonderful job at making each character distinct.
Murakami creates this hauntingly strange world with sticky characters that capture the imagination, both the plot and each character is a mixture of light and shadows, enough of a plot to keep me intrigued.
I have only read the WindUp Girl and that book was only ok for me, so I did not understand they hype about Murakami, now I am so glad I took another chance and read this!
Explain more of the twists;- What happened to Tengo's mother- Why did the Nurse in Cat Town die once- Etc.
Maybe I'm just missing something?
Could have been shorter - lots of tangents
The odd female narration fits well with the unusual story line.The male narration is a welcome relief though - interwoven with the the female.
I think it needs one - lots of unanswered questions.But not sure I could wade thru a follow up....
Lots of loose ends left at the conclusion of the story.Who the heck was the NHK Collector knocking on peoples doors? The ghost of Tengo's father????
Say something about yourself!
I'm not much for Sci-Fi though I do enjoy Margaret Atwood and Kurt Vonnegut. So I hesitated to try this one. Until I heard someone read Chapter 1 on a Selected Shorts podcast and became intrigued. I thoroghly enjoyed this book and didn't want it to end.
The seemingly slow pace was perfect for the very interior quality of the story. We really get to know the main characters through their thoughts. The shifts of perspective among the characters were well timed, not confusing. I thought I might have trouble with the Japanese names so I started out writing them down but there was no need--they were different enough and each character had such unique distinguishing features that it was no problem!
This is my third Murakami book, and I'll be taking a break for a while. I find the supernatural in his books entertaining, but when he relies so heavily on it, and doesn't wrap it up in the end, I'm disappointed.
It took a while for me to get into this book, in the middle I thoroughly enjoyed it, then the ending left me wanting resolutions for plot points I thought were important elements to the story. Oh well, moving on now.
When trying to remember how the various incidents and events of the story were connected, I realized that the book could have been half its length and still surreal and atmospherical. However, it remains an excellent and unique book, definitely recommended, unless you get bored or impatient too quickly.
Nobody, it was a hard listen, very very slow. I never even made it thru the first of four downloads.
Not genre, just author.
None I could make it to. Just a waste of money and time for me.