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This trilogy, well above 1000 pages shows you the truest glimpse of the Haruki Murakami world! It’s stunningly surreal and strangely captivating! More love to Murakami for penning down such books!!

IQ84 refers to another world parallel to 1984, where the characters Aomame and Tengo enter unintentionally! They experience strange things and events! Both the characters are simple yet unique. Murakami’s words gifted them with a mystical aura! Once school sweethearts, they get separated and enter IQ84 together 20 years later. They can feel each other’s presence throughout these years and are waiting for each other while actually not trying to reach out!

To add to the story line, Tengo writes a story for 17 year old dyslexic Fuka-Ari and gets involved with a powerful religious cult Sakigake! There are few other interesting short lived characters! Murakami is an amazing story teller! All the stories, though start separately, are interwoven beautifully and end together fantastically!

IQ84 has lot of flavours, it has a passionate love story, fantasy element of the ‘Little People’ in Air Chrysalis (the book Tengo writes), religious quest by the cult Sakigake and the mysterious magical character of their leader!! All written in THE Murakami style! There is so much of magical realism in this one that unreal seems more real than the actual real at times 🙂

Not that I disliked any of his books, but IQ84 is by far my favourite from Murakami!

Some quotes:

“If you can love someone with your whole heart, even one person, then there’s salvation in life. Even if you can’t get together with that person.”

“Even if we could turn back, we’d probably never end up where we started.”

“It is not that the meaning cannot be explained. But there are certain meanings that are lost forever the moment they are explained in words.”

“If you can’t understand it without an explanation, you can’t understand it with an explanation.”

“A person learns how to love himself through the simple acts of loving and being loved by someone else.”

“Either I’m funny or the world’s funny. I don’t know which. The bottle and lid don’t fit. It could be the bottle’s fault or the lid’s fault. In either case, there’s no denying that the fit is bad.”