I started listening to Murakami after reading a NYTimes review of his book What I Talk about when I talk about running. I liked his stream of consciousness autobiographical style and went on to listen to The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles. Anyone who liked the Wind-Up Bird will enjoy 1Q84.
Murakami has a style all his own. This has similarity to Wind-Up Bird as the narrative jumps between the main characters telling various unique stories yet ties together one story .
The different narrators tie the various stories to those who tell the stories in a way that wouldn't occur in reading. Since the narrators have different styles and voices, what might be a little confusing is clear in narration. The female narrator has a peculiarly Japanese female voice. In my limited experience with Japanese women, they have an unusual delicate vocal quality that the female narrator captures and allowed me to picture the Aomame character.
Murakami is clearly expressing his social commentary on the current lifestyle of many young adults.
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