Haruki Murakami's new novel breaks the country’s Internet pre-order sales record (Japan)

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Dusan Miljkovic
Local time: 13:37
English to Serbian
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1Q84 May 10, 2013

I read 1Q84 last year and I liked the story in general, but either the English translation is not really reflecting his writing or he's a really lazy writer. Some of the passages and especially the dialogues felt like a work of an amateur.

I'm still not sure if I should try reading anything else by him or not.


Spencer Allman
United Kingdom
Local time: 12:37
Finnish to English
Agree May 10, 2013

The first part was OK but part 2 was just ... lazy, yeah



Fernando Toledo  Identity Verified
Local time: 13:37
German to Spanish
1Q84 May 10, 2013

I've never read a book worse than this!!

Murakami is a great writer, but, it seems that no one dares to say what it is obvious, due to the great sales success (The Emperor's New Clothes).


James Hodges  Identity Verified
Local time: 20:37
Member (2011)
Japanese to English
A Job for Somebody? May 14, 2013

Way back in the mists of time, I slaved through reading many modern Japanese authors such as Mishima, Dazai, Kawabata, etc., both in Japanese and English. Back then, there were some really good translators who took pride in their work. I think it was Mishima, in particular, who fell over himself with praise for his translator (whose name I have unfortunately forgotten).

Fast forward to the present and I don't really have time to pursue my love of Japanese literature. I did, however, have a passing glance at Murakami in both English and Japanese. Both my son and I came away thinking that the English translation was a bit bland. Possibly a job for somebody (not me).


Daniel Evans  Identity Verified
Local time: 13:37
French to English
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IQ84 May 16, 2013

I've read a few of Murakami's books, which I liked, and I'm finding IQ84 to be a good read so far. I read the English translations of his novels and I don't find that the style gets in the way of enjoying the stories.


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