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Reading "1Q84" by Haruki Murakami

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Reading "1Q84" by Haruki Murakami

I haven't been able to find time for reading these days, unless I am on vacation, but I did recently read "1Q84", the latest novel by Haruki Murakami. He is my favorite Japanese author. I was waiting to read this novel for a long time. It is said the title is inspired by George Orwell's "1984", as the pronunciation of Japanese number 9 is same as the English letter Q. Despite the other temptations that usually keep me away from reading, I just couldn't put the book down. As I enjoyed it very much, I almost didn't want to finish it. Even though there are so many other forms of entertainment available today, it reminded me how one can still be very entertained by a book.

Japanese Translation

村上春樹の「1Q84」を読んで

近頃、休暇中でない限り、なかなか本を読む時間をとれずにいたのですが、最近、村上春樹の最新作「1Q84」を読む機会に恵まれました。村上春樹は私の大好きな日本人作家です。この小説を読むのを長い間楽しみに待っていました。小説の題名は、ジョージ=オーウェルの「1984年」に影響を受けているといわれています。(日本語の9の発音は、英語のQの発音と同じです。)いつもは私を読書から遠ざけている多くの誘惑にも負けず、先が気になってどんどん読み進めました。とても面白かったので、読み終えるのが残念だったほどです。様々な形の娯楽にあふれている現在ですが、本がこれほど人を楽しませてくれるものだと、改めて気づかせてくれました。

Romaji Translation

Chikagoro, kyuukachuu de nai kagiri, nakanaka hon o yomu jikan o torezuni ita no desu ga, saikin, Murakami Haruki no saishinsaku "1Q84" o yomu kikai ni megumaremashita. Murakami Haruki wa watashi no daisukina nihon-jin sakka desu. Kono shousetsu o yomu no o nagai aida tanoshimini matte imashita. Shousetsu no daimei wa, Jooji Ooweru no "1984-nen" ni eikyou o ukete iru to iwareteimasu. (Nihongo no 9 no hatsuon wa, eigo no Q no hatsuon to onaji desu.) Itsumo wa watashi o dokusho kara toozaketeiru ookuno yuuwaku nimo makezu, saki ga ki ni natte dondon yomisusumemashita. Totemo omoshirokatta node, yomioeru no ga zannen datta hodo desu. Samazamana katachi no goraku ni afureteiru genzai desu ga, hon ga korehodo hito o tanoshimasete kureru mono da to, aratamete kizukasete kuremashita.

Note: The translation is not always literal.

Beginner's Phrases

He is my favorite Japanese author.

  • Kare wa watashi no daisukina nihon-jin sakka desu.

  • かれは わたしの だいすきな にほんじんさっかです。

  • 彼は私の大好きな日本人作家です。
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