Tuesday, 19 February 2013

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami - Book 2

I ended up having a little mini-break between book 1 and book 2.

My mental images of the Little People were starting to creep me out and I felt it would be healthier to put some distance between them and me!

Book 2 has definitely taken a more sci-fi turn with the sinister meter turned up several more notches.

Aomame and Tengo are drawing closer together as their understanding of 1Q84's world increases.

It took me a little while to get back into the rhythm of the story, but it eventually got to the point where I couldn't put it down.

I no longer need a break between the 2 voices as both Tengo & Aomame feel so familiar now that I can easily pick up where we left off at the last chapter. Maybe it also has something to do with how the two stories are slowly coming closer and closer together. (Some people might say too slowly, but I'm enjoying the anticipation, the suspense and the missed opportunities so far.)

I've loved the Orwellian references in book 2 as well as The Great Gatsby quote (esp since Gatsby was the book I read between book 1 and book 2!)

Murakami's ability to make his 1Q84 world so real is incredible. I'm not usually very visual when I read (for me it's about character & mood), but I have so many vivid images in my head for the Little People and the 2 moons that they're invading my dreams.

The image of the Little People emerging from the dead goats mouth & the exploding dog will haunt me for the rest of my life!

Book 3 will now have to wait for me to finish my Classics Club spin challenge (see below). But since I've heard that book 3 feels different to the other two due to the change in translator, a little time delay will probably be good.

1 comment:

  1. This is on my TBR shelf, but I just don't know if I am ready to take the plunge.

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