Welcome to the first thread for 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami. The pace we have decided on is two weeks per chapter, regardless of length. As such the next thread will be started on Aug. 15. A link will appear both in this post, and the Hashing out the details for reading Murakami Haruki’s 1Q84 (Intermediate/Advanced Book) thread. I am very much looking forward to reading along with you all! (Is this a good time to tag you all who said you’d read along? @Belerith @NicoleRauch @morteasd @Milgram @Kyayna @Hijiki @elisac @alineiwane )
First things first:
Warnings (read please!)
This story contains themes of an adult and/or sensitive nature, including cults, sex, murder, and sexual abuse of children, both mentioned, and graphic (though not until Book 2, in the latter case).
Our character's journey so far.
For now nothing yet to show here! Will start to summarize from chapter 3 onwards.
Let’s start off with a rough translation of the title, this time informed by previous knowledge of having read the first couple chapters in both English, and Japanese before:
Chapter 1: Aomame: So that I won’t be deceived by what I see.
You can write in your own translations if you want, and I’ll put them here. Let’s see how our view of the chapter title changes as we finish this chapter!
I’ll do my best to write in a sentence to discuss from the book, at least every two days. I need to hold myself accountable to actually reading regularly, and examining some of the grammar as well, since I am aiming for N1 next round of testing. If you have a goal for reading this book, please share it!
Also, do not hesitate to ask questions here about even things you think are basic. I have found that in Japanese, even what seems simple has a depth to it that’s worth exploring. Even if it’s about “why this word, instead of this other word?” or some other small questions. At the least they will serve as reminders to read another page, and give us an opportunity to finetune and deepen our knowledge through explanation and thoughtful consideration.
Now, poll time:
- I’m reading along
- I’m still reading book, but I haven’t reached this part yet
- I’ve finished this part
- I’m no longer reading the book
As this is my first thread, please let me know if there is some important piece of information I have forgotten to mention, and if you have other ideas for how to manage this thread and interact in it, let me know!