Book One Chapter 4: 天吾:あなたがそれを望むのであれば Haruki Murakami's 1Q84

Hey guys, finally a new thread! Sorry I’ve been lax on this, and for all the empty promises :flushed:.

I’ve been spurred into action by your discussions in the other threads :smiley:. It’s been very interesting to read your thoughts on the characters and the story so far. I’ve never been one to think too deeply about that kind of stuff, and just let the story wash over me, but I do like a deep dive every now and then. I just don’t really know how to think about all that stuff.

I’ve still about twenty pages to go in chapter 2, but I’ll do my best to catch up. The rest of you reading along on schedule, please do not hesitate to post here, I’m don’t mind spoilers, especially since I read all this in english before some years ago. Do use spoiler tags, for plot related thoughts, so other people can choose to not read them.

For those of you paying attention, this thread was supposed to go out on September 12, and the thread for chapter 5 on the 26th. I made that one today, as well.

Now on to the usual business:

Main thread: Hashing out the details for reading Murakami Haruki’s 1Q84 (Intermediate/Advanced Book)

Threads list

Book One Chapter 1: 青豆:見かけにだまされないように Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84
Book One Chapter 2: 天吾:ちょっとした別のアイデア Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84
Book One Chapter 3: 青豆:変更されたいくつかの事実 Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84
Book One Chapter 4: 天吾:あなたがそれを望むのであれば Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84
Book One Chapter 5: 青豆:専門的な技能と訓練が必要とされる職業 Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84
Book One Chapter 6: 天吾:我々はかなり遠くまで行くのだろうか? Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84
Book One Chapter 7: 青豆:蝶を起こさないようにとても静かに Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84
7/11/2020 Chapter 8
21/11/2020 Chapter 9
5/12/2020 Chapter 10
19/12/2020 Chapter 11
2/1/2021 Chapter 12

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).

Title translation: If that is what you wish

Our character's journey so far. 天吾

Our man had an attack of some sort in a restaurant, where his friend and editor of books, Komatsu, makes him an indecent proposal. He’ll think about it.

Now, poll time:

  • I’m reading along
  • I’m still reading this book, but I haven’t reached this part yet
  • I’ve finished this part
  • I’m no longer reading the book

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I just read through this chapter while my mother was braiding my hair, and my sister was watching Jurassic Park. Two hours of slightly distracted reading, and no notes, but I do have some thoughts:

Fukaeri has an interesting way of speaking. Asking statements or stating questions, short sentences that need translating by Tengo… Not sure what to think of her yet, but she’s not completely tuned in to society’s ways, is she?

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I’ll be devoting some time to this chapter tomorrow! With a bit of luck that’ll mean finishing it so I can read your spoilers. :crossed_fingers:

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Sure seems like she’s not! I like her, or the her we got to see through 天吾’s eyes so far. 天吾’s 予感 has me expecting interesting times for sure!

I can definitely say that this chapter was much nicer to read for me personally than chapter 2. Maybe because I like ふかえり better than 小松? :smiley: