Book review: 1Q84, By Haruki Murakami
Boyd Tonkin is Senior Writer and a columnist at The Independent. An award-winning journalist, he was formerly Literary Editor at The Independent, and before that Social Policy Editor and then Books Editor at the New Statesman magazine. He has broadcast extensively for BBC arts and current affairs programmes and has judged the Booker Prize, the Whitbread biography award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the David Cohen Prize. In 2001, he re-founded the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for literature in translation, and serves on its judging panel every year.
Friday 16 August 2013
When feminist avenger Aomame shimmies down from the Tokyo expressway, she – and we – enter a different world.
In the two-mooned parallel reality of this addictively odd, vast trilogy, our heroine pursues misogynistic low-lifes while gauche, bookish hero Tengo graduates to dashing deeds of his own.
s their twin tales fuse, both target Murakami's perennial bugbear, a charismatic cult. Japan's maverick superhero (well served by translators Jay Rubin and Philip Gabriel) can remind you of Rowling or of Dostoyesvky - on one page.
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