Haruki Murakami returns...today!

It's been a while since I dove into a Murakami book. That will change very soon. First released in 2009 to a sensational response in Japan, 1Q84 is making it's way to the states. To make sure nothing was lost in transaltion, Murakami worked closely with tranlator Jay Rubin for two years! A huge part of Murakami's charm is his way with words and making everything seem simple but omnious at the same time. Quiet broading and anxiousness is the Japanese way. The title of 1Q84 is taken to be a play on George Orwell's 1984 – the Japanese number nine having the same pronunciation as the letter Q – though others have also suggested the title is a tribute to The True Story of Ah Q, a novella by Chinese writer Lu Xun.

The taxi’s radio was tuned to a classical FM broadcast. Janáček’s Sinfonietta—probably not the ideal music to hear in a taxi caught in traffic. The middle-aged driver didn’t seem to be listening very closely, either. With his mouth clamped shut, he stared straight ahead at the endless line of cars stretching out on the elevated expressway, like a veteran fisherman standing in the bow of his boat, reading the ominous confluence of two currents. Aomame settled into the broad back seat, closed her eyes, and listened to the music...

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