nipponalba | pleroma

2020/06/27 7:40:19 PM UTC

After five years and nine months, I have finally finished reading Haruki 's 1Q84 in , all 2057 pages of the paperback version.

I'll write down my thoughts about it later but what better way to celebrate than with a "Murakami meal", aubergines with ponzu, soy beans and rice.

2020/06/28 12:48:59 PM UTC

@wim_v12e no mean feat! ใŠใ‚ใงใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ™๏ผ

2020/06/28 12:52:03 PM UTC

@jk ใฉใ†ใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ™๏ผIt was probably a crazy thing to do, especially when I started, but it did pay off for me.

2020/06/28 3:26:35 PM UTC

@wim_v12e Wow that's great! Congrats! And I wish you a lovely Meal ^_^

P.S. 2057 pages in Japanese... if I keep working hard studying Japanese, by year 2057 I'll be able to start reading 1Q84 in Japanese ahah ^_^'

2020/06/28 3:28:28 PM UTC

@Eidon I started reading after three years of study, so don't wait that long please ^_^

2020/06/28 3:43:27 PM UTC

@wim_v12e i started the same many years ago.. got about 12 pages into volume one before giving up! I

2020/06/28 3:55:54 PM UTC

@wim_v12e nah, my Japanese skills weren't up to his style of writing. I enjoyed the books, read them all in English though wish the same translator had done all 3 books. Probably sits around the middle of my Murakami ranking list.

2020/06/28 4:01:55 PM UTC

@jk Initially it took me more than half an hour to read a page. So unless you're a bit obsessive like me, it is entirely understandable that you didn't continue.
I like Jay Rubin's translation (first 2 books) very much, but a lot still gets lost, I've written a few posts about it. Because I've lived with this book for so long it's hard to be objective. I obviously liked it well enough to keep going for nearly 6 years, but I think I like "Kafka on the shore" better.

2020/06/28 4:06:23 PM UTC

@jk That said, I think this book has more depth than any of his other novels I've read, except maybe the "Wind-up bird chronicle", which has a lot of historical depth. In a non-obvious way, 1Q84 has many references to Japanese culture, as well as other literary references etc. There is a lot in it.

2020/06/28 4:07:26 PM UTC

@wim_v12e yeah I prefer Jay Rubin's translations too and Kafka is definitely secure in the top spot for me!