"It feels like I'm experiencing someone else's dream."
So speaks Aomame; one of the two main characters in Haruki Murakami's newest book, 1Q84.
The year is 1984, and Aomame is a professional assasin who takes a shortcut to her latest job, only to find that she may have stumbled into a different world, altogether. It is a place she begins to call 1Q84 ("Q is for 'question mark.' A world that bears a question.") Finding her way in this new world is only the beginning to finding her way out. In the meantime, she must discover why it is that she is there.
Meanwhile, an aspiring young writer named Tengo is persuaded to secretly ghost write a novel called Air Chrysalis. it is a novel which contains a world with two moons and spirits known as "the Little People." As Tengo rewrites this world, he finds himself slowly drawn into it.
Fans of Murakami's fiction know that to read his stories is to enter into a dreamworld of sorts; the twists can be confusing, the characters confounding, their decisions complex. But we go along for the ride because we trust that Murakami will get us safely (if not unscathed) out the other side. 1Q84 can be placed alongside Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and Hard-Boiled Wonderland as some of his best work. It is strange and sad and thrilling. It feels like you're experiencing someone else's dream.