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1Q84 is best attempted when you can dedicate some time to making your way through this voluminous tome. While it does seem slow in parts, Haruki Murakami does an elegant job weaving together a love story with fantastical folklore-like elements set in 1984 Japan between the struggles of a secretive cult and their founder’s daughter writing a seemingly innocent fairytale. Alternating primarily between the POVs of the two main characters which once knew each other during their childhood, the underlying theme of alienation and isolation takes shape as their respective stories slowly spiral together. Unfortunately aspects of it are tread over multiple times, and contributes to the book being longer than it might have needed to be. Some of the subject matter is for a mature audience, so this book probably isn’t for everyone, however it’s overall a compelling novel and certainly worth the read.