For someone who regularly checks online for news of the latest Murakami book, I sure feel out of the loop on this one. Apparently The Rumpus posted an article about 1Q84 back in May of 2009. I suppose the reason it’s not gotten much hype over here, is because 1Q84 has only been released in Japanese thus far <sigh>. Apparently it’s being released in three parts – how utterly delectable!
Back in October, Conversational Reading posted that the English publication will start next September. Man that’s far.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Murakami’s work, you really should check it out. I’ve always found it difficult to describe his writing style because it’s so unique. That said, you will find some consistency in his work – he can’t write a book without having a mysterious female character, or the mention of food, jazz, cats or dogs! Simply sublime. If I’ve peaked your curiosity, I would suggest by starting with a book of his books short stories, such as The Elephant Vanishes or After the Quake. If you love those, go forth to your first novel! If I must choose only a few books, I would recommend:
But if you’ve got the time and inclination, read all of them!
I’d love to hear what you think.