Fashion Book: 1Q84
It’s been too long since I’ve featured a Fashion Book post here. I got bogged down in reading a lot of books that didn’t really lend themselves to the feature (ahem, Moby-Dick) but I’ve also just been a little lazy about thinking creatively about other books I’ve read.
It’s been a few months since I read 1Q84 and I haven’t had the chance to talk about it here yet. Murakami’s latest novel is massive, clocking in at nearly 1000 pages. If you like Murakami’s style, though, it’s definitely worth reading. Even if you’ve never read him, 1Q84 is a good place to start.
The book features two main narrators–Aomame, a hired assassin, and Tengo, a quiet writer who teaches English and is assigned to help rewrite a teenager’s (Fuka-Eri’s) novel, which becomes a smash success. Both Tengo and Aomame find themselves in a strange world that mirrors their own, save for some subtle differences–the most significant being that there are two moons in the sky. Aomame christens this alternate reality 1Q84 and becomes determined to discover why she’s there, and how she can return to the world outside, the one she left behind in 1984. The two narrators seem unrelated, but as their stories unfold, so too do their destinies become entwined. Both Tengo and Aomame are endearing and fascinating characters, and it’s their personalities as well as the suspense which keeps this strange and labrynthine novel rolling.
In addition to her highly specialized work as an assassin, Aomame is a fitness instructor and masseuse. She mostly keeps to herself, with the exception of occasional forays to single bars to pick up older men. It’s on one of these trips that she meets Ayumi, a police woman with similar proclivities who soon becomes her only real friend. When Ayumi is strangled to death, Aomame is shattered, and seeks revenge.
Aomame’s personal style is classic and reserved, for the most part. However, she must dress up for her missions for the Dowager, the older woman who hires her to kill men who abuse women. For these jobs, she dresses carefully in pencil skirts and high heels, taking time to appear as a high-class business woman. I wanted to put a look together for her that she could wear for one of these missions.
Have you read this one? What did you think?