Does the translation work for someone who's read the original?
Does Aomame enter 1Q84 through the stairway, or earlier, in the taxicab?
Is her descent into 1Q84 a journey to the underworld?
What caused her to become a sexual predator? Was that when she embarked on her career as an assassin? Was it at 26, when she had her first sexual encounter?
Is yin/yang a principle of Japanese culture as it is of Chinese?
Does Aomame's character better fit the masculine yang? Is this part of a role inversion?
Does Tengo exemplify the feminine yin? Is he passive, yielding and clinging to his lost mother?
Why is Tengo so easily manipulated by Komatsu?
Is Tamaru consistent or contradictory?
Does the dowager's dislike of screens have anything to do with seeing in or it it seeing out?
Why did Tengo's father's life seem to end when he got his job and never afterwards changed?
What does it mean that both Aomame and Tengo had parents who were monomaniacal?
Is it significant what Tengo feels when holding Fuka-Eri's hand?
What does the Professor mean when he says that the Takashima Academy was "just like the one George Orwell depicted in his novel"?
What was Komatsu's disappearance about?
Are Tamaki and Ayumi the same for Aomame?
When Aomame meets the Leader he says that things are better seen in the dark but "the longer you spend in the dark, the harder it becomes to return to the world aboveground where the light is." Is this a warning to Aomame to return?
What does Ponytail's hesitation as Aomame is leaving after killing Leader tell her?
Warning: Spoiler Alert: If you are still reading the book and don't want to see plot revelations, stop reading this or skip to the questions below the line at the bottom. Actually there are spoilers in the questions too... just skip the whole thread.
I was initially sceptical that I would get through three books-1000 pages in just a month but density was not really a problem. Actually it only took a couple of weeks to read, weeks that were even broken up with other literature. That's really a testament to just how readable this book is. The narrative flows easily and Murakami keeps reminding you where you are—you don't require maps or landmarks for this journey. Each scene is laced with pending action and because of this, I found I constantly wanted to read the next bit of this book rather than pick up one of the other books in the stack. It demanded prime slot. The writing style is clear and verges on poetic at times.