1Q84 by Haruki Murakami is a fictional novel which takes place between two worlds. The book was originally written in Japanese and became a best seller almost immediately.
Aomame, a young assassin on her way to practice her profession, steps out of a taxi cap and started noticing small but significant differences in the world around her. Aomame realizes that she has entered a parallel universe which she calls 1Q84.
At the same time Tengo, an aspiring author, takes on a ghostwriting project and becomes so wrapped up with the work and its author when he starts noticing that his world has become unraveled.
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami is not a complex novel, but it is long. The book asks an important question “what is reality?”
I’ve worked with many marketing people over the years, the one important lesson they have taught me is the “perception is everything, reality is nothing.” At first, my structured mind that sees the world in 0s and 1s couldn’t comprehend what they were saying. However, with a little bit of contemplation I came to realize that they were right.
After all, we live in a fake world. The news we watch are fake; the food we eat is fake (that’s why many immigrants have their own food stores); the promises made to us by our leaders and captains of industry are hollow and broken almost without delay.
Mr. Murakami starts off the novel with lines from song "It's Only a Paper Moon" written by E. Y. Harburg and Billy Rose (check out Ella Fitzgerald's wonderful adaptation), an appropriate selection which sets up the novel and is even more meaningful at the end:
"It's a Barnum and Bailey world
Just as phony as it can be
But it wouldn't be make-believe
If you believed in me."
Murakami points out that one’s perspective often determines what reality is for them, whether or not it is reality for others -– I think he’s right. The author points out that the year 1984 no longer exists; it is not a parallel universe or or another world: