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Topic: 1Q84 Has anyone read the book?

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Subject: 1Q84 Has anyone read the book?
Date Posted: 6/21/2012 9:54 PM ET
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I have this book on tape and have been listening to it for a couple of weeks on my way back and forth to work.  It is wishlisted by over 400 people.  I have found the book repeats things over and over.  Does it ever get to a point that it makes sense and is it worth finishing?

Date Posted: 6/22/2012 10:59 AM ET
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Darn it.  I was hoping 1Q84 was magically fantastic.  I somehow got the audio for free but keep putting off listening to it. 

I've read Kafka on the Shore and I found it tedious.  And yes, it did repeat things a fair amount.  Especially all the references, allusions, what brand and color his clothing was, what he ate for lunch, what he ate for dinner, what order he washed his body parts in the shower...  Ok, well, practically everything.  And the ending was so ambiguous that while I think I grasped it, barely, I would have to read the book 4 or 5 times to completely understand.  And I just didn't like it enough to do that.

A friend of mine told me that it's pretty typical in Japanese literature to over explain and over emphasize little things or repeatedly retell myths and legends.  And he said it's also pretty typical to leave the plot rather ambiguous.

I really hope someone else chimes in too, cause I'd like to hear some more thoughts on this author.

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