1Q84

1Q84

Haruki Murakami
Harvill Secker

Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84 is an extraordinary love story, set across three books. Murakami is renowned for his exceptional imagination and this book does not disappoint; he weaves a myriad of worlds, beliefs and themes together in a moving combination.

In 1984 the world shifts on its axis and is changed; in this new world, 1Q84, things acquire a different hue. The two protagonists, Aomame and Tengo become caught up in a complicated intrigue involving a religious cult and the publication of a book. The lines between fiction and reality are blurred and the characters’ states of uncertainty and confusion also plague the reader, provoking questions about the nature of existence and truth.

In a comprehensive and complex story, Murakami leads with his typical suspense and the revelations are measured and well-calculated. Like most of Murakami’s novels, little explanation is given, but resolution is offered, along with a sense that reason is, ultimately, arbitrary. Compelling and bewildering, there’s nonetheless something profoundly human and stark in simplicity at the heart of this story: the power of true love.

Bryony Byrne