Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday: 1Q84

What I'm waiting on: " I1Q84" by Haruki Murakami

So far, I've read three Murakami novels: Hard Boiled Wonderland, Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and Kafka on the Shore. The novels are so haunting that you become depressed when they end, yet their endings, while always baffling, are wholly satisfying. Plus, Murakami adds a great deal of historical and descriptive detail to his works. I may read Sputnik Sweetheart in preparation for 1Q84, even though it's stunningly long (928 pages) and promises to be a reworking of George Orwell's 1984. The novel inspired Harry Potter-level fever in Japan, and it's coming out in translation Oct. 25. It may be best to read a bunch of short works before tackling this one, as it may take you the rest of the year to finish.

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