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Bunch of Cults No.6: 1Q84

Bunch of Cults No.6: 1Q84 | The Funnily Enough | Scoop.it

This post is in two parts. Firstly a look at the latest book from Haruki Murakami, probably the bestselling ‘cult’ author in the world. And secondly a few thoughts on the power of story over technique. If you’re telling an engrossing tale, does it really matter how you go about it?

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Rebel Ascendant

Rebel Ascendant | The Funnily Enough | Scoop.it

Haruki Murakami is that seemingly oxymoronic thing, a mainstream experimentalist. His career, like his novels, is a continual paradox. The novels, with convoluted structures and indeterminate endings, are a postmodernist mélange of fantasy worlds, dystopias, alternate realities and genre pastiches, all overlaid on an unsuspecting contemporary Japan. They are the sort of fiction that usually attracts a cult following, but Mr. Murakami's cult spreads across the globe.

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