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For long time fans of Haruki Murakami, 1Q84 will be a delight, all 925 pages.  For readers new to the master, the energy and time needed to finish such a long book may overwhelm them.  He is certainly worth getting to know; and Kafka On The Shore or Norwegian Wood are good places to start.

1Q84 has the swirl of altered realities that is Murakami’s special gift.  His characters are richly textured.  Every detail is meaningful because the reader may need it later.  Deconstruct a scene only to be clueless as to what will happen in the next scene.

Reading Murakami is an active sport in which the reader wins but never finishes ahead of the author.  Charles Marlin

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