Wherever I go, people stop me and say, “Rich, have you finished 1Q84 yet? What did you think? Should I give it to my husband for his anniversary?”
I’m happy to report that I finished 1Q84 during the fourth quarter of the Giants-Packers game. Much excitement!
Murakami has a unique way of creating a world that is at once beyond strange but still somehow believable. But weirdly, even at 925 pages I thought he left too many plot threads unresolved. With his single-minded focus on his two main characters, he seemed to let everyone else drift away by the end.
Anyway, here is Nat King Cole singing “It’s Only a Paper Moon,” which provides the epigraph for the novel and figures somewhat obsessively in its action and symbolism: