1Q84 and season’s greetings!

As one of my close friends told me, I make too many excuses. So I won’t make one right now (although in the future, I just might). I didn’t watch any anime, or much television, for that matter, because I spent the first few days of my vacation here in Davao to read 1Q84 intently and conscientiously. I finished it four days ago. I wish Murakami wins the Nobel Prize next year, because I really think he deserves it. 1Q84 may not be as good as Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, but he sure proved his worth as a raconteur, telling stories of two different people that gradually converge through the course of the novel. I find that while there were some overwritten parts, the ending was probably one of the best ones I’ve read from him. I also like the novel because it seemed like a continuation, if not a fulfillment, of his short story ‘On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning.’ The book is filled with colorful and quirky characters only Murakami can paint, but one of the differences between this most recent novel of his and his other works is the hopefulness of the ending in contrast to the rather bittersweet (with emphasis on the bitter) endings his past major novels had.

I highly recommend the novel, not only for Murakami fans, but for all fans of good literature. For the Murakami speculator, however, I suggest that one starts with either Norwegian Wood or Hard Boiled Wonderland, seeing that those are shorter works that also pack a lot of punch. I frankly have no regrets: I will most likely be unable to read any novel after March next year for a whole year, so I made sure by finishing the most recent novel by one of my favorite authors.

I admixed sauntering with purchasing gifts after those four days, leaving me with little time to simply sit down and enjoy anime. Currently, I’m trying to finish Naked Lunch before the necessity of studying for our upcoming exams this January 2. I didn’t lose my love for anime, but I think it would be infinitely easier to enjoy than reading pithy literature, especially during class days. I’ve been there before, after all. With that said, I’m sorry for my belated greetings, although I do wish everyone who reads this blog despite its intermittent updates a very happy Christmas and a joyful New Year. At least I made sure to fulfill one of my New Year’s Resolutions: I made a promise to myself to read 1Q84 prior to my clerkship, and I’m glad I’ve done so even before the New Year arrived! Like 1Q84, I may only offer questions sometimes, but I pray that these questions and positions are interesting to the reader. I also hope that I can keep positing those questions to the readers who have been continually loyal to my site despite everything.

(And yes, I will watch Madoka.)

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2 Responses to “1Q84 and season’s greetings!”

  1. Angelus Says:

    I’ve read George Orwell’s 1984 (which for some bizarre reason found its way into my school library in an unexpurgated edition back in the early 1970’s) and Anthony Burgess’ 1985 (which I consider in some ways to be the superior work, and chillingly prescient too) so yes, I will read 1Q84.

  2. Hana Says:

    Hmm, the last Murakami novel I read was Kafka on the Shore shortly after that came out, so I was wondering if I should read his other works that were published in between that and 1Q84

    Despite putting his works ‘on hiatus’ if you will, I love his writing too (Sputnik Sweetheart was my first one of his, which I read about eight years ago, and then I was smitten, swiftly going on to read The Wind-up Bird Chronicle, Dance Dance Dance, South of the Border… and The Elephant Vanishes soon after that). Aside from the more colourful/ quirky/ downright bizarre elements, I just love the way he also writes about everyday things in such a beautiful way (e.g. cooking pasta, hearing a song on the radio, etc.).

    In short: I’m glad you enjoyed 1Q84 and thanks for the interesting insight and reminder to read it. (Maybe there’s still time to read it during my current winter break… if so, I might come back and offer some more thoughts.) And season’s greetings to you too!

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