1Q84Book - 2013
The year is 1984. Aomame is riding in a taxi on the expressway, in a hurry to carry out an assignment. Her work is not the kind that can be discussed in public. When they get tied up in traffic, the taxi driver suggests a bizarre 'proposal' to her. Having no other choice she agrees, but as a result of her actions she starts to feel as though she is gradually becoming detached from the real world. She has been on a top secret mission, and her next job leads her to encounter the superhuman founder of a religious cult. Meanwhile, Tengo is leading a nondescript life but wishes to become a writer. He inadvertently becomes involved in a strange disturbance that develops over a literary prize. While Aomame and Tengo impact on each other in various ways, at times by accident and at times intentionally, they come closer and closer to meeting. Eventually the two of them notice that they are indispensable to each other. Is it possible for them to ever meet in the real world?
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“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.”
"If you can't understand it without an explanation, you can't understand it with an explanation. "
... And a flash of lightning lit up this truth for me, right in front of my eyes. that night I lost you, I also lost something inside me. Or perhaps several things. Something central to my existence, the very support for who I am as a person... It was no longer the blazing anger I used to have It had transformed into something more like a faintly colored sorrow..." "I can't feel the pure, intense anger I used to have anymore ..." "It hasn't completely disappeared, but like you said, it has withdrawn to someplace far away. For years this anger has occupied a large part of me. It's been what has driven me." "Like a merciless coachman who never rests ..." p934-5
Either I'm funny or the world's funny. I don't know which. The bottle and the 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 pg 111.
People need things like that to go on living-mental landscapes that have meaning for them, even if hey can't explain them in words. Part of why we live is to come up with explanations for these things. Pg 516
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. Pg 466
If you can't understand it without an explanation, you can't understand it with an explanation. Pg 413
You can't generalize about pain. Each kind of pain has its own characteristics. To rephrase Tolstoy's famous line, all happiness is alike, but each pain is painful in its own way.
"The most important thing is to maintain balance between the constantly moving good and evil. If you lean too much in either direction, it becomes difficult to maintain actual morals."
True, rewriting the past probably had almost no meaning, Tengo felt. His older girlfriend had been right about that. No matter how passionately or minutely he might attempt to rewrite the past, the general circumstances in which he found himself would remain generally unchanged. Time had the power to cancel all changes wrought by human artifice, overwriting all new revisions with further revisions, returning the flow to its original course. A few minor facts might be changed, but Tengo would still be Tengo.
What Tengo would have to do, it seemed was take a hard look at the past while standing at the crossroads of the present. Then he could create a future, as though he were rewriting the past. (Part II, p. 364)
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Star-crossed lovers and their search for each other in the midst of getting tangled up with murders and cults in a new fantasy world.
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