I was reading Elle Canada (a fashion magazine) last night and came across a “quiz” about Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84 book. The book is finally translated and set to be released on October 25th in North America!
1Q84 or One Q Eighty-Four or ichi-kew-hachi-yon was originally published in three volumes in Japan between 2009 – 2010. The first book released in June 2009 sold over 100,000 copies in the first week!
The english language edition will be released as one book, the first two parts translated by Jay Rubin and the third by Philip Gabriel.
The quiz in my magazine was titled “worth reading?” I knew right off that the book was worth reading, as I have already read many of Murakami’s books, but I decided to go over this “Quiz”. I soon came to find out that it was the “Quiz” that was NOT worth reading, with such questions as : “Your knowledge of Japanese culture comes from…”? Godzilla (5) or Gwen Stefani (10). HOW DO I ANSWER THAT ONE!?! Of course my knowledge of Japan does not come from them, even though they are part of what I know about Japan.
Here is another great question. Does the name Nutmeg Akasaka make you giggle? Yes (5) Of course! (5) Um, why 5 points for both answers?
And “Do you like the Beatles Norwegian Wood”? John Lennon’s Eastern-influenced songs are his most powerful works (5) The one with the sitar? I’ll pass (0)
The scoring is also kind of strange.
If you scored 100+ points “ You will definitely enjoy 1Q84. Also, you’re a bit of a weirdo.
66-99 points – Ease into Murakami by reading Norwegian Wood first.
40-65 points – Maybe you’re more of a Cormac McCarthy fan. Pick up “The Road”.
Less than 40 points – The twilight saga: Breaking Dawn part 1 in theaters November 18th.
Even though I could not answer the whole quiz properly due to the kind of questions they were asking, I know for a fact that I will definitely enjoy 1Q84… which apparently makes me a weirdo (>_<) Oh, fashion magazines, why do I read you?
What do you all think about 1Q84? Who is as excited as I am to get their hands on a copy of this book? Any of you already read it in Japanese?