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  1. says:

    184 is not a good book At allI cannot understand the hype surrounding this book The storyline wasn't bad in itself but184 reads like the fantasy of a sad balding you'll understand ageing man Leaving to one side Murakami's breast obsession and in fact I don't think there's a single female character who's breasts I couldn't give you a detailed account of it was the author's handling of female characters that truly bothered me Aomame the female protagonist an assassin who in her free time prowls around looking for men to have casual sex with Not just any men though; Aomame herself did not know why but ever since the time she was twenty she had been attracted to men with thinning hairRightDo you get the balding thing now? Or even revealing; She was dying to run her fingers through the few strands he had leftYes Murakami yes That is absolutely and 100% realistic don't let a bit of thinning hair get you downThat in itself though fine It takes all kinds and Murakami's little fantasy woman is humorous than anything He could have being trying for humor and the book did have me laughing for the first few chapters but the the book progressed the objectionable the author's portrayal of women became until it really really bothered me By the end of book one no curiosity about the 'Little People' or interest in seeing the actual coming together of Tengo and Aomame could compell me to stiff upper lip my way through another volumeTo be fair much of what bothered me with this book could be to a simple clashing of cultures Not even getting into how wrong I found Murakami's handling of the female characters; the male protagonist Tengo was ruined for me when it became clear he was running with his interest in the 17 year old Fuka Eri No matter how much you dig her breasts Tengo and really he creates near odes to them in his head Fuka Eri is a traumatized mentally fragile near mute with the mind of a child Not ok Tengo not okBut then I have read that the age of consent in Japan is what I would consider alarmingly lowMurakami you like breasts and you like to imagine in women a certain way fair play to you we all have our little uirks and you'd be among many but keep it inside next time Please


  2. says:

    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 how each event fits in the overall structure of the book how clever and intricate the world created is and how I can picture in my head a world that doesn’t existor does it?The 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 know her by any other name in a taxi stuck in a traffic jam in Tokyo in 1984 She is going to be late for her appointment when the taxi driver informs her of an emergency exit that will take her off the expressway back to ground level He says a few odd things but Aomame is not concerned about that She takes his advice goes down the stairs and off to her appointment – killing a manMeanwhile Tengo is a young writer who is struggling to make a name for himself while teaching mathematics at a cram school At a meeting with his somewhat mentor he is asked to rewrite a novel written by a seventeen year old girl that has been submitted for a new writers’ prize The novel Air Chrysalis is nothing like he’s ever read before Neither is its author Fuka Eri a strange girl who never uses a uestion mark in 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’s highly original and will keep you reading all through the night but be prepared for almost anything to 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 for his 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 heading On finishing this book I hardly dared to look up at the moon in case I was in 184 Everything else I’ve read since has paled in comparison to 184 I simply can’t recommend this book highly – it’s a beautiful masterpiece


  3. says:

    “If you can't understand it without an explanation you can't understand it with an explanation”An oft repeated phrase throughout the first two books of what has been described as Haruki Murakami's magnum opus by an overly enthusiastic reviewer desperate to get a uote on the cover of the book and one that obviously works as a message to the reader confused by the lack of explanation for events throughout the novelBeing only two thirds through the novel at this stage I cannot provide a full response to the text I would have preferred to buy each book individually for psychological reasons than anything the size of this novel is intimidating but this is the year of reading big books and so I finally built up the courage to tackle 805 pages and such is the casual and playful nature of Murakami's prose in this instance that I hardly noticed how heavy the book itself was “Things like this don't happen all that often in one lifetime This is the magnificent world of a picaresue novel Just brace yourself and enjoy the smell of evil We're shooting the rapids And when we go over the falls let's do it together in grand style” Murakami is constantly drawing attention to the tools of a writer the act of reading and the conventions of both but not in the obnoxious way that it seems most contemporary literary sensations seem to revel in His passion for his chosen profession is what shines through the most his adoration for Dickens Orwell Chekov etc rather than a simple and gratuitous aping of what has come before I am nothing I’m like someone who’s been thrown into the ocean at night floating all alone I reach out but no one is there I call out but no one answers I have no connection to anything” On face value 184 is an exact replica of his other works and at the same time nothing at all like what has come before He touches on the same themes in true uentin Tarantino fashion his sexual fetish is made obvious the bleeding together of reality and fantasy the dislocated lives of his protagonists but most prominent is the fact that this is his 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 hidden within them and never actually got together? That way there would always be hope in their hearts That hope would be a small yet vital flame that warmed them to their core a tiny flame to cup one's hands around and protect from the wind a flame that the violent winds of reality might easily extinguish” A lot has 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 had actually happened 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 happiness what exactly it is that the Little People have planned and the answers to any number of other fascinating and intriguing uestions that 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


  4. says:

    I did it I finished parts 1 and 2 Now on to part 3 then I'll write a review about the whole thing


  5. says:

    I'm sad to report that I didn't so much love this book I didn't hate it but felt gypped a bit and I guess that comes from all the hoop la I am however proud that I can now boast that I can read a 900 page book This also means I don't 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 that he could have cut it by half Did anything even happen 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 his 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 he's obsessed with cats lesbian love scenes and the magic of pubic hair but it started to get a little overboard At times the whole book felt like a wet dream of prepubescent boy I didn't hate the book but don't think it at all lives up to his earlier stuff There were certainly moments of brilliance but I would not necessarily recommend it to anyone


  6. says:

    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 has so much potential but it drowns screaming in a sea of inept boring repetitive language I was literally scratching my head wondering how this book escaped a ruthless editing There is 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 have come up with some uick and easy suggestions to reduce word countI gather you're a breast man and other reviewers have noted that every female character is described with reference to her breast shape and size This rapidly becomes tiring but as a writer it is inexcusable that you continually have your lead female character contemplate the size of 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 they heard 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 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 it here I'll just say that I was saddened to read the clumsy way Murakami manipulated characters and setting to maintain ambiguity for 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


  7. says:

    Amazing Only Haruki Murakami could have written this


  8. says:

    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 heavy magical realism I've read from him so far I really enjoy the dual perspective but I still have so many uestions I doubt from what I've heard that they'll be cleared up in the third volume but I'm still intrigued to read the last part Think I'll take a mini break before doing that though this stuff is heavy going


  9. says:

    I finished 184 book 1 2 on Monday Afterwards I went running in the woods I ran faster than I have in a while and my thoughts went back and forth through my 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't have been all that surprisedIt took me a while to get into this book a couple of 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 from his 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 what the 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 heart breaking story one of broken childhoods loss loneliness It's about love murder hope 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 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 who haven'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


  10. says:

    Murakami the master weaver of worlds at his epic best This is a stunning and complex story expertly woven by alternating the two main characters Tengo and Aomame This book defies categorisation at once drama thriller epic and love story it is a literary masterpiece that enthralls the reader from beginning to end Absolutely the best Murakami in fact best book I have read for a long long time Clearly the first two of three books the end leaves everything hanging and demands you immediately read Book 3 Thank god for the Kindle even though I was on a beach in sub Saharan Africa I just went online and downloaded Book 3 there and then with Whispernet A Brilliant literary masterpiece from a modern literary master


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184 Books 1 2

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Stion mark’ A world that bears a uestion” Meanwhile an aspiring writer named Tengo takes on a suspect ghostwriting project He becomes so wrapped up with the work and its unusual author that soon his previously placid life begins to come unraveled A love story a m. I did it I fini

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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 around her She has entered she realizes a parallel existence which she calls 184 “ is for ‘ue. 184 is not a go

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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 his native Japan and a tremendous feat of imagination from one of our most revered contemporary writer. I finished 184

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村上 春樹 is a popular contemporary Japanese writer and translator His work has been described as 'easily accessible yet profoundly complex' He can be located on Facebook at