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At the close of Book Two of "1Q84", Aomame and Tengo found themselves in perilous situations, threatened and confused. As "1Q84" accelerates towards its conclusion, both are pursued by persons and forces they do not know and cannot understand. As they begin to decipher more about the strange world into which they have slipped, so they sense their destinies converging.
What they cannot know is whether they will find one another before they are themselves found. Inspired by George Orwell's "Nineteen Eighty-Four", "1Q84" is a magnificent and fully-imagined work of fiction - both a thriller and a moving love-story. It is a world from which the reader emerges stunned and altered.
Book Three of "1Q84" is the final volume of Murakami's magnum opus. In Japan, Books One and Two were published on the same day with Book 3 following a year later. All three books were received with huge excitement and became instant bestsellers.
The UK publication reflects the pattern of the original publication with Books One and Two being released in one volume and Book Three following in a separate edition.
About the Author
HARUKI MURAKAMI was born in Kyoto in 1949. He met his wife, Yoko, at university and they opened a jazz club in Tokyo called ‘Peter Cat’. The massive success of his novel NORWEGIAN WOOD (1987) made him a national celebrity. He fled Japan and did not return until 1995 when he came to regard the Kobe earthquake and the Tokyo gas attack as twin manifestations of a violence just beneath the surface of Japanese life.
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Comments about 1Q84:
I found this book unusual in its style and enjoyed reading work from an author with a different world view. The Japanese perspective & inclusion of Western culture was interesting. I found it almost child-like in some ways but compelling, and followed through by reading all the trilogy in fairly quick time while on holidays.
"Which other author can remind you simultaneously of Fyodor Dostoyevsky and JK Rowling, not merely within the same chapter but on the same page? Viewed through the "post-modern" lens, his exemplary blend of a light touch and weighty themes, of high literature and popular entertainment, ticks every box. Posh and pop, sublimity and superficiality, history and fantasy, trash and transcendence: they switch positions and then fuse"
Number Of Pages: 464
Published: 25th October 2011
Publisher: Random House