5 months sounds a bit long now, but probably not anymore when I’m drowning in book clubs later this year
I wonder why in my digital copy the text is horizontal… It’s easy to change but I just wonder if it’s intentional. I remember seeing the books in tategaki in Japan, though. I am a bit worried for the eventual JLPT since I never read horizontal text and find it quite bothersome Maybe I should just leave it for practice…
I read it when I was N2, and while I did need a fair amount of dictionary look ups, the grammar and sentence structure was straightforward. It was my second (and third and fourth…) Japanese book ever too, so I assume that N3 is indeed going to be a good baseline for not having a rough time.
I do find that if you really want something, you can sometimes make it work - but this would just frustrate. I’ll stick to my easier reading material for now. At least this might put a little fire back in my grammar studies - I need that if I want to read these types of books.
I noticed that the mentioned 347 pages corresponds to the paperback book 1 part 1 (each of the 3 books seems to have been split into 2 volumes in the paperback edition). The hardcover versions I saw were 500+ pages each.
I found the ISBNs for the Japanese editions, in case people have a rough time finding non-translated versions. Have not found Japanese e-book versions yet.
part 1: 978-4101001593, part 2: 978-4101001609
part 3: 978-4101001616, part 4: 978-4101001623
part 5: 978-4101001630, part 6: 978-4101001647
Depending on which version you have, there might be more than 12 chapters in book “one” .
That is true, there is another 12 chapters in book 2 of volume 1 I believe. I went off the one that has 6 volumes which is the one I own. And also the one that seems a bit more inviting because it’s not quite as long.
Definitely something I should have mentioned! Good catch. ^^
Murakami has somewhat of a disliking for ebooks and that’s why there’s not a lot of his books available in that format. So, yeah. There’s sadly no official ebook version of 1Q84 available.
So people, we’ll be starting in a couple weeks, pretty excited! @zyoeru got the books in, so we have a good group of 9 or 10 readers reading along, looking forward to getting to know you guys a bit, and discussing Japanese with you!
So we settled on a pace of about two weeks per chapter. Since August starts on a Saturday, I’ll start a thread for a new chapter on every other Saturday, starting August 1st. But I’ll of course still be paying attention to the previous threads.
I plan on starting every thread with an translation/explanation of the chapter title. I would like to see how our collective thoughts on that changes as we progress through the chapter. Also I paln to add a (spoiler tagged) story-up-to-now type summary at the start of every chapter from chapter 3. Mainly as a refresher of where our protagonist is at that point (since the book alternatively focusses on two characters, 青豆 and 天吾).
As I saw mentioned in another thread, maybe it is good to be aware that there will be sexual themes, and themes of murder in this story. So definitely for adults! We will be discussing these themes as questions arise, but we’ll still have to be respectful of forum rules, of course.
Thanks for reading along with me, and see you in the reading threads soon!