I finished reading 184 surely the blockbuster novel of 2011 almost a week ago but I wanted to collect my thoughts before I put fingers to keyboard This is a novel sounds trite perhaps epic would be a better word that remains with you for a long long time after reading it I ve kept thinking about the story and ow each event fits in the overall structure of the book Theatre Histories how clever and intricate the world created is andow I can picture in my Waterloo head a world that doesn t existor does itThe ARC copy I read comprised of Books 1 and 2 Book 3 will be published in the UK on 25th October 2011 I m uncertain of an Australian release date The sheer weight of the first two books nearly 600 pages will come as a delight to Murakami fans For readers new to Murakami it may take a little while to warm up to the picture that is being painted lovingly before you but persevere the puzzle pieces soon fall into place The book opens with Aomame whose name means green pea we never knower by any other name in a taxi stuck in a traffic jam in Tokyo in 1984 She is going to be late for Yobo her appointment when the taxi driver informser of an emergency exit that will take The Last Runaway her off the expressway back to ground level He says a few odd things but Aomame is not concerned about that She takesis advice goes down the stairs and off to Sanctuary (The New World Series, her appointment killing a manMeanwhile Tengo is a young writer who is struggling to make a name forimself while teaching mathematics at a cram school At a meeting with is somewhat mentor e is asked to rewrite a novel written by a seventeen year old girl that Lion Boy Trilogy (Books 1, 2 and 3) ((Book 1), Lion Boy (Books 1, 2 and 3) ((Book 1), Lion Boy: The Chase (Book 2) and Lion Boy: The Truth (Book 3)) has been submitted for a new writers prize The novel Air Chrysalis is nothing likee s ever read before Neither is its author Fuka Eri a strange girl who never uses a uestion mark in Data Interpretation Questions And Case Histories her speechCan you see the Murakami originality coming through The cover pictured gives uite an insight into the main symbols of this bookI don t want to spoil the story for others it sighly original and will keep you reading all through the night but be prepared for almost anything to Inside the Hornets Head happen religious cults strange sightings of the moon an older woman out for revenge missing persons murder love sex and all sorts of people from big to smallMurakami must be lauded foris ability to think of such an intricate plot almost every detail is leading you further into the story and almost nothing is there by chance It all combines together later in the second book with exuisite tension before the explosion of the bittersweet ending Be aware that there is a fair bit of sex in this book but I felt it was needed to show where the characters were coming from and where they were Imagination According to Humphrey (According to Humphrey heading On finishing this book Iardly dared to look up at the moon in case I was in 184 Everything else I ve read since Sexy Reversed Fairy Tales has paled in comparison to 184 I simply can t recommend this bookighly it s a beautiful masterpiece I did it I finished parts 1 and 2 Now on to part 3 then I ll write a review about the whole thing I ve been on the Murakami bandwagon since a friend introduced me to the Wind Up Bird but I am now officially getting offThe core idea as so much potential but it drowns screaming in a sea of inept boring repetitive language I was literally scratching #my ead wondering ow this book escaped a ruthless editing There #head wondering ow this book escaped a ruthless editing There no justification other than author laziness andor vanity for this book to be so damn long I was so surprised at the mediocrity of the prose that I kept wondering whether the issue was in the translationMr Murakami I The Ground beneath her Feet have come up with some uick and easy suggestions to reduce word countI gather you re a breast man and other reviewersave noted that every female character is described with reference to Killer Pancake / The Cereal Murders her breast shape and size This rapidly becomes tiring but as a writer it is inexcusable that you continuallyave your lead female character contemplate the size of Lo Que la Reina Quiere (Sexys Cuentos de Hadas Al Revés nº 1) her breasts in much the same way and to no additional significance than the first time she does so Move the fuck on DELETE UNNECESSARY BREAST CONTEMPLATION 400 WORDS SAVEDSo much of your dialogue is characters simply repeating the last thing theyeard Such a clumsy way to indicate confusion if that s what you re trying to do And all of them the same device No way DELETE REPEATED DIALOGUE 500 WORDS SAVEDYou introduce us to the idea very early on that Fuka Eri William Gibson has unusual uninflected speech I do not need you to repeat at every utterance She asked with no uestion mark DELETE with no uestion mark and all of Tengo s comments that she asks uestions with no uestion mark 600 WORDS SAVEDI could go on but I ve wasted so much time reading this book that I draw the line at wasting on itere I ll just say that I was saddened to read the
Clumsy Way Murakami Manipulated Characters And Setting To Maintain Ambiguity way Murakami manipulated characters and setting to maintain ambiguity it s own sake I love ambiguity I love complexity and I am always willing to suspend disbelief I just prefer it to be well written I can t really give this book a proper review seeing as I ve only completed 23s of it so far but I FEEL like I ve climbed a mountain these past 3 weeks Murakami s prose is spot on as usual and the story itself is completely bizarre and intriguing probably the most Nancy Drake heavy magica. The year is 1984 and the city is TokyoA young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver’s enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world arounder She as entered she realizes a parallel existence which she calls 184 “ is for ‘ue. .
Of Sapphamire (Dragons of Dragonose his protagonists but most prominent is the fact that this isis most romantic work since Norwegian Wood that special kind of magical and tortured romance you seem to only find in the novels of Haruki Murakami Wasn t it better if they kept this desire to see each other The Donovan Legacy (Donovans hidden within them and never actually got together That way there would always beope in their Breaking Down (The Garage, hearts Thatope would be a small yet vital flame that warmed them to their core a tiny flame to cup one s ands around and protect from the wind a flame that the violent winds of reality might easily extinguish A lot as been made of the length massive and the fact that there s so much repetition of basic information but beyond some mild irritation I can t say I really noticed I freuently realised that I was X number of pages in and not much ad actually appened plot development was minimal or the direction was vague but these are not bad things when part of a story told by Haruki Murakami especially one told in such vivid detail I m very much looking forward to finding out if anything gets resolved if anything starts to make any sense at all if the star crossed lovers find Passionate Kisses Boxed Set happiness what exactly it is that the Little Peopleave planned and the answers to any number of other fascinating and intriguing uestions that Destiny and Power have been posed throughout but then if the general theme so far is anything to go by perhaps I will be pondering the meaning for many years to come It is not that the meaning cannot be explained But there are certain meanings that are lost forever the moment they are explained in words Book 3 Review I m sad to report that I didn t so much love this book I didn tate it but felt gypped a bit and I guess that comes from all the My Rocky Romance Diary (Diaries of Kelly Ann, hoop la I amowever proud that I can now boast that I can read a 900 page book This also means I don t The Café Book have an excuse not to finish up Ulysses Nuts Anywhoooo I m going to be direct and list what I didn t love1 TOO LONG This might be a given but after finishing all 900 pages I can safely say thate could Lord John And The Brotherhood Of The Blade (Lord John Grey, have cut it byalf Did anything even appen in the last third of the book Not so much2 Lame ending I m not going to spoil anything but after slogging through 900 pages you expect some fireworks at the end One measly fire cracker even Not so much3 Clunky and wooden language which made for clunky and wooden characters Was it just me or did these seem like Japanese robots versus people I always thought is translators did a brilliant job but I think they missed the mark on this one Maybe the switch from first to third person narrative 4 The Murakami obesssions started to get to me I know Models Dont Eat Chocolate Cookies he s obsessed with cats lesbian love scenes and the magic of pubicair but it started to get a little overboard At times the whole book felt like a wet dream of prepubescent boy I didn t ate the book but felt like a wet dream of prepubescent boy I didn t ate the book but t think it at all lives up to Shalias Diary (Shalias Diary, his earlier stuff There were certainly moments of brilliance but I would not necessarily recommend it to anyone Amazing Only Haruki Murakami couldave written this I finished 184 #book 1 2 on Monday Afterwards I went running in the woods I ran faster than I ave in a #1 2 on Monday Afterwards I went running in the woods I ran faster than I ave in a and my thoughts went back and forth through my What Janie Found (Janie Johnson, head thinking of everything anything and nothing at all It then came to me I was stuck in that world Murakami s world I was scared I ran through the woods in the middle of the day and felt scared Figured the people I met could be anything Like in Murakami s universe And I thought that if I d met a bear I wouldn tave been all that surprisedIt took me a while to get into this book a couple of Carl Hiaasen Collection hundred pages actually I was a bit disappointed at first The simple straight forward language didn t uite appeal to me this time I don t think it was any different fromis other books really I ve just read the wrong authors lately Wrong in the sense of preceding Murakami I ve been spoiled by my number 1 favorite these days Tomas Espedal And it took me a while to get to know the characters At first sight they weren t very Murakami like They weren t uite the Watanabe character I always long for But of course they were I only discovered that after a while The independent young man is there as a woman too this time but somehow
That Is Not Whatis not what book is aboutThe story is a strong one the book a page turner somewhat similar to Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World I loved that one only not uite so abstract It is a Silver Tower / Strike Force / Shadow Command heart breaking story one of broken childhoods loss loneliness It s about love murderope about strong individuals trying to live their lives their own way It took me a while to get out of the book as well to get it out of the system I m not sure I Explosive Acts have yet I fell in love with the characters the universe 184 is the sad love story from Norwegian Wood and South of the Border West of the Moon and it is the abstract world from A Wild Sheep Chase and The Wind Up Bird Chronicle And yet it is completely it s ownAs always I regret finishing the last Murakami book and envy all of you whoaven t yet read it all Next year book 3 will be published in Norwegian and although I do see book 1 2 as a complete and finished story I look forward to it Of course I do. Ystery a fantasy a novel of self discovery a dystopia to rival George Orwell’s 184 is Haruki Murakami’s most ambitious undertaking yet an instant best seller in is native Japan and a tremendous feat of imagination from one of our most revered contemporary writer.