I picked up 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami over a year ago at the suggestion of one of my followers. I started strong, a bit underwhelmed, critical and disappointed in the style and narrative choices. When I reached the chapter where Anoname is going to kill the Leader, I put the book down, disappointed in the direction it was taking.
Eight months later, my son gave me a copy of the novel, having finished it himself. I don’t read paper books anymore but having it on my shelf tempted me to give the remainder a shot. The first few pages of my return proved I had been completely wrong about the direction and my interest was rekindled.
Today I finished the novel. Every criticism I had has been forgiven. 1Q84 is a masterpiece. I love the structure and style and poetics. I applaud the beauty and the quirky negative space. My opinion of Murakami is transformed. What a great writer.