1Q84 Book 3 Chapters 22-24

Book 3, chapter 22-24

 

These were short chapters and so this might be a short post. It’ll also be a bit shorter cause I am in a hurry to finish the book! So close!

 

Ushikawa

  • He’s getting more and more stubborn about who he is, though at least Fuka-Eri’s gaze seems to have made him look at himself.
  • He insists that “being realistic” is what defines him, that he has to just accept the new reality as he perceives it and do his best.
  • I wonder what would have happened if Tengo had known about Aomame’s visit; would have have foregone going to his father’s cremation? Would he have been able to look away from the past, or would he have stubbornly held on, as Ushikawa does?
  • At the end of the chapter someone captures Ushikawa; we’re not sure if he’s been moved or not, but it is natural enough to assume that he’s in the same apartment, and that he’s been captured by Tamaru. Just what will come of their interaction will be interesting, both in terms of plot and philosophy; Tamaru’s zen violence vs Ushikawa’s simpering practicalism

 

Aomame

  • This chapter is real short and real sweet.
  • Aomame mainly realizes that she has free will and has somehow chosen to be in the world of 1Q84, that she still has will within that world.
  • She ties this with the previous thought that She was inside a story that Tengo was writing (could the book he was writing be the story that we are reading in 1Q84? But they are both writing it together, much as I write my life story with a variety of people I meet; are our lives stories then? Who makes up the rules and facts of our lives?

 

Tengo

  • Maybe Ushikawa is right about Tengo; he’s book smart, but the guy just can’t see a truth that is right in front of him. The nurse Kumi Adachi has to come back AGAIN to tell him to stop staring in the big void left by his father, to leave it to the cats, but he just can’t seem to do it. Maybe we’re all like that…
  • The idea of the father having a god-like presence over Tengo’s life is continuing; Murakami mentions Götterdammerung as they look at Tengo’s father in the casket, albeit bathetically.
  • Of course Murakami drops another suggestive bit: Kumi assumes that she’s been reincarnated because she has the same recurring dream of a man strangling her. In the Ushikawa chapter we learned that his mother was killed in Nagano when Tengo was two years old. He was with her when she was killed, though maybe not in the exact same room. There’s the chance that Kumi could be Tengo’s mother, reincarnated and/or that Tengo could have been a witness to this murder and that he has blocked out the memory for his entire life. Maybe recovering the memory would allow him some peace, if not the chance to find his mother’s killer.
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