1Q84 by Haruki Murakami, Translated from the Japanese by Jay Rubin,

By Haruki Murakami, Translated from the Japanese by Jay Rubin, Philip Gabriel

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Library of Congress cataloging-in-publication data and permissions to reprint previously published material may be found at the back of the book. This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents are either the product of the author’s imagination or used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events, or locales is entirely coincidental. Books 1 and 2 translated by Jay Rubin. Book 3 translated by Philip Gabriel. Jacket photograph: [apply pictures]/Alamy.

The overall plot is a fantasy, but the descriptive detail is incredibly real. The balance between the two is excellent. ” Komatsu kept his eyes on Tengo, saying nothing. He was waiting to hear more. Tengo went on. “I’d hate to see this thing dropped from the competition just because the style is clumsy. ’ A few of them were fairly well written, of course, but most of them were just awful. And out of all those manuscripts, this Air Chrysalis is the only one that moved me the least bit. ” “Well, well,” Komatsu said, and then, as if he found this all rather boring, he released a stream of smoke through his pursed lips.

This was not the kind of stereo you expected to see in an ordinary fleet cab. She looked around at the cab’s interior. She had been too absorbed in her own thoughts to notice until now, but this was no ordinary taxi. The high quality of the trim was evident, and the seat was especially comfortable. Above all, it was quiet. The car probably had extra sound insulation to keep noise out, like a soundproofed music studio. The driver probably owned his own cab. Many such owner-drivers would spare no expense on the upkeep of their automobiles.

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