Because Ideas Matter...
The faculty and staff of Butler University's College of Liberal
Arts and Sciences presents
by Haruki Murakami, Knopf, 2011
Reviewed by Eloise Sureau-Hale
The day is going as usual, nothing
particular has changed but in the sky, there are two moons side by
side, one big and yellow, one smaller and green. You have entered
1Q84, a universe slightly off. You are not in the year 1984
anymore; you have veered into a different universe with Q as
"question mark". Once in this world, there is no going back.
This is what happened to Aomame and Tengo, two people whose fate
is more intertwined than they could ever imagine. In order for
Aomame and Tengo to meet and fulfill their purpose, 1Q84 will put
in the two main characters' path the young Fukaeri, author of the
Air Chrysalis, a novel whose sole existence will unleash the fury
of the Little People. In 1Q84, they also encounter Leader, the head
of a powerful yet extremely secret sect whose relation with those
mysterious Little People seems to be more than a mere acquaintance.
As the two separate stories of Aomame and
Tengo slowly come together, the reader's conception of reality gets
more and more tampered with. Deeply philosophical and metaphysical,
dealing with predetermination and the illusion of reality among
other themes, 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami is one of those novels that
leave its audience pondering about life and the universe. It will
even appeal to those in dire need of a beautiful love story. An
interesting mix between Kafka's Metamorphosis, Lewis Carroll's
Through the Looking Glass, and George Orwell's 1984 to name just a
few, this novel cannot leave the reader unmoved.
- Eloise Sureau-Hale is Associate Professor of French at Butler