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IQ84 – a funny sort of book review


I’m feeling a little bit guilty because you all said such encouraging things about my Clueless story and I still haven’t finished it. But I will – I’ve just been busy and it requires a certain kind of concentration which has been elusive lately.

Here is a NYT review of 1Q84. I always like to read the criticism after I’ve read the book, because it clarifies my murky feelings, my half-formed doubts and theories. But in some ways I don’t like criticism because it takes away from that waking-dream sensation of reading that I love so much. It deflates the book, pointing out that it is nothing but a pack of cards. But I also love having conversations about books, and that’s what reviews provide – conversation starters, ways into the text. I wish we could have longer conversations about New Zealand books. The great thing about reading Murakami is that you can search and uncover hundreds of reviews, each offering a different take on the book.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Fi Clark permalink
    08/06/2012 1:57 pm

    Haven’t even heard of Murakami so better sort that out straight away. I loved reading this one … even though it brought back strong memories of a recent bought of oyster poisoning, it was still totally wonderful … and building up a bit of anticipation for the next instalment of “clueless” is no bad thing at all.

  2. 08/06/2012 9:43 pm

    Best book review ever. “This book didn’t make me puke. I was gonna do that anyway.”

  3. 09/06/2012 2:26 pm

    I Just finished 1Q84, too. And my reaction was like yours (without the puking, I’m pleased to say) and the review you linked to. And like you and the reviewer, while I found all kinds of things in it annoying, I liked reading it, especially while I was reading. Your cartoon about it is great. I don’t remember how I set it up but it is fun having more or less random emails pop into my inbox with one of your cartoons linked to it. Thanks.

  4. Sarah Laing permalink
    09/06/2012 7:41 pm

    Thank you!

  5. brianacharles permalink
    14/06/2012 10:14 pm

    I just finished reading your blog…..sounds interesting! It really proves you a frank person.

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