1Q84

Published on September 10th, 2011.

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?

  • kitamura Halima

    Friends told me about the book a while back, they read it and said it was good. That I should get my hands on it. 

    Haha abit of a weirdo since you may enjoy 1Q84.  kinda weird yet funny.

  • http://twitter.com/yaadayaada Loc Lam | ロックラム

    Is the bottom picture the cover for the English edition? I prefer the Japanese version T_T

    • kitamura Halima

      The one with the face is the English edition.

      The Japanese edition does looks nicer.

      BUT they say one should not judge a book by its cover.
      >_< I admit to buying books just because I fancy the cover (after reading the book am happy I choose it)

    • http://twitter.com/yaadayaada Loc Lam | ロックラム

      That is true, but as I’m a graphic designer, I do buy based on book covers ^^; 

      It’s not a bad cover though, and I’ve always wanted to know what’s so good about this guy haha. 

    • kitamura Halima

      Aaah graphic designer of course, I see, that’s why.

  • Flaffer

    Definitely looking forward to it. Murakami-sama has walked his way to the my all-time favorite authors.

    What is everyone’s favorite? I think The Wind-up Bird Chronicle is his masterpiece (though I do love the rest).