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This book is long, very very long. I picked it up because I had heard a lot of buzz about it, mostly from people who were reading it but not from anyone who had finished it yet because it is so very very long. It is so long that one translator translated the first two parts of the book and another translated the last part of the book. In Japan it was actually published as three different books. Funny side note the author of this book is also known in Japan for translating english language novels into Japanese, yet he didn’t translate his own novel from Japanese to English.

1Q84 is about two people who leave the real world, the world we know in the year 1984 and end up in an alternative world. A world that one of the two calls 1Q84, the other calls it the city of cats. In this world there are little people and two moons and perceivers and receivers.

This book is very long. and there are really three stories in it. The two main characters and a character who becomes important in the last part of the book.

One character is want to be writer and a cram school math teacher. Quick aside in Japan cram schools are designed to get students up to speed for testing so that they can get into good colleges. In Japan the absolutely best colleges are hard to get into but generally are also very cheap because they get resources from other than tuition. The lower tier schools are more expensive because they do not get the same resources. He gets a gig rewriting a novel for a new writers competition. The novel wins and gets published. The writers life gets complicated as the girl who wrote the original version is the daughter of some cult members.

The second character is fitness club instructor and assassin of men who rape and hurt women. Her life gets complicated when she kills the leader of the above mentioned cult.

The third character is a private detective hired by the cult to find the killer and in his search he interacts with the writer who went to elementary school with the killer.

The writing is amazing and the novel is amazingly long and for me it never really felt like it slowed down, the whole time we were rolling towards finding an answer and an amazing ending. It never came though. We didn’t find the answers we wanted, but it had a happy ending. So do I suggest it? Yes, but be prepared for a long read without a big action ending.

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