It’s been a long time since I last visited this thread (although at some point I remembered that 1 year ago I started reading this book and this was the first Japanese book club I became involved in) and I missed a lot of the stuff happening in the other books clubs lately, but with huge variations in reading pace I managed to finish Book 2 by the end of September.
I found it strangely satisfying to see the events unfolding in the same time of the year as my own life. Maybe moreso because after the world setting is largely explained about halfway through book 2 the focus shifts to intro/retrospection, which is something I feel more inclined to when autumn begins😊. Then the last couple of chapters had the characters finally deciding to tackle 1Q84 again, some cliffhangers, obviously, making it really hard to wait a few days until October began so I could start Book 3 according to the timeline mentioned on the cover (10月－12月). So I guess I somehow managed to find something other than the book club schedule to pace my reading (nevertheless, I did miss sharing some thoughts with someone else every once in a while), although that also messed up my ability to keep a uniform reading pace for the other books I was planning to read simultaneously.
Book 3 has more chapters and a different structure compared to the previous two (looking at the table of contents feels like a loathsome spoiler if you do it before finishing Book 2, yet a hopeful one if you do it afterwards, so I won’t go into further detail). I think I’ll try to finish the last part of the trilogy by the end of the year, without having a fixed schedule in mind - I’ll probably read 2-3 chapter per week and take a break if the story advances to the next month of 1Q84 before it begins in 2021😂.
@Hijiki I thought a bit about whether multiple threads like this make sense, but ultimately decided to stick with our original separation of 後編・前編. I’m currently reading Book Three 前編, so will likely post there soon.
[Sorry for the thread jump but I did not want to derail the Murata book club thread too much… ]
Hey, a potential new victim! Erm. I mean, that’s good to hear!
I think if you like Murata, then Murakami will probably also be right up your alley topic-wise. He does not feel as extreme to me, and not that explicit, but maybe I just forgot all the gory details
Nah, they’re not “really hard”, seriously not. I guess they are more difficult than Murata, but I think mainly due to vocab and kanji usage (so he likes to use kanji for a bunch of those “kana only” words, but other authors do that as well, so I don’t think that makes his style special). I haven’t read a lot of his books (basically just 1Q84 and a bunch of short stories), so I can’t really tell for sure, but his writing style seems to differ quite a bit (e.g. in 1Q84 I get the impression that his style changes depending on which character is in focus). Maybe you can check out a few sample pages on Bookwalker or somesuch to get an impression?
I’d agree with this. There’s just a lot of words. The grammar itself seems very straightforward to me, and while there’s some fantastical elements contents-wise from time to time, and long(ish) introspective scenes, there’s not much flowery language making things more confusing imo.
at some point we loosely chatted about reviving this club and reading the books together. I’m just dropping in to tell you I haven’t forgotten you but I’m currently reading Kafka with the Advanced Club and will continue with the second part straight away, and I’m sorry but it’s beyond my mental sanity capacity to read two Murakami books at the same time
Therefore I can start Book 1 part 2 from around mid-November but not really earlier
Of course if you want to read Book 1 part 1 together at some earlier point, then please go ahead! You can pick me up along the way in November then…
Fair point! IIRC your reading speed is pretty good, so reading Book 1 part 1 (which is ~300 pages I think) could be doable in 6 (or maybe 8) weeks? Then you could start it after Kafka and pick me up at some point in January, maybe?
What do you and everybody else think?
Oops. I wrote half a reply but never finished and sent it, lol. I’m not sure if I’ll be ready to join but there’s still some time until November… just kinda fighting my brain again at the moment so I haven’t really done much over the past few months, so I can only stomach the one novel and manga I’m reading. But I’m getting back into the groove. Lets see how things are in a few months