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Monday, February 2, 2015

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami: First Page Mondays


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Read it. Loved it. Recommend it. If you love huge books and mesmerizing books and author Haruki Murakami in general, 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami is a book you must read.

Here's what's on the first page:



The taxi's radio was tuned to a classical FM broadcast. Janacek's Sinfonietta - probably not the ideal music to hear in a taxi caught in traffic. The middle-aged driver didn't seem to be listening very closely, either. With his mouth clamped shut, he stared straight ahead at the endless line of cars stretching out on the elevated expressway, like a veteran fisherman standing in the bow of his boat, reading the ominous confluence of two currents. Aomame settled into the broad back seat, closed her
eyes, and listened to the music.

 How many people could recognize Janacek's Sinfonietta after hearing just the first few bars? Probably somewhere between 'very few' and 'almost none.' But for some reason, Aomame was one of the few who could.

 Janacek composed his little symphony in 1926. He originally wrote the opening as a fanfare for a gymnastics festival. Aomame imagined 1926 Czechoslovakia: The First World War had ended, and the country was freed from the long rule of the Hapsburg Dynasty. As they enjoyed the peaceful respite visiting central Europe, people drank Pilsner beer in cafes and manufactured handsome light machine guns. Two years earlier, in utter obscurity, Franz Kafka had left the world behind. Soon Hitler would come out of nowhere and gobble up this........
- Debolina Raja Gupta