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The year is 1984. Aomame is riding in a taxi on the expressway, in a hurry to carry out an assignment. Her work is not the kind that can be discussed in public. When they get tied up in traffic, the taxi driver suggests a bizarre 'proposal' to her. Having no other choice she agrees, but as a result of her actions she starts to feel as though she is gradually becoming detached from the real world. She has been on a top secret mission, and her next job leads her to encounter the superhuman founder of a religious cult. Meanwhile, Tengo is leading a nondescript life but wishes to become a writer. He inadvertently becomes involved in a strange disturbance that develops over a literary prize. While Aomame and Tengo impact on each other in various ways, at times by accident and at times intentionally, they come closer and closer to meeting. Eventually the two of them notice that they are indispensable to each other. Is it possible for them to ever meet in the real world?

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  • Jarek

    I finally finished this book(2 weeks after the book meetup) and while it was an ok read with interesting themes, it suffered from some problems with pacing(repeating the same stuff from mutiple view points), overly descriptive language(Tengo's eating eggs with scallions this morning, GREAT!) and being too unclear about a lot of stuff(ho ho). I feel like you could have gotten the same result with an edit that sliced out about 1/3rd of the book.

    September 29, 2013

  • Tae

    The book was interesting and the writing was not terrible, but the pacing was rather slow and there were certain cultural or translation issues that made certain parts of the book feel slightly awkward. Definitely a book I would encourage you to take on a long flight, or if sick in bed.

    September 18, 2013

  • John F.

    I have basically no chance of finishing this book by then, but I will be there!

    July 23, 2013

    • Tae

      Glad to hear you will be able to make this one

      September 15, 2013

  • Tabitha

    Hi everyone. I have to miss this one due to a work meeting :( hope to meet you all at the next one.

    September 7, 2013

    • Tae

      Look forward to meeting you in the future

      September 15, 2013

  • Mike

    Where is this at the mall at Barnes and Nobles?

    September 11, 2013

    • Peter

      In the food court, behind the carousel. If you want to ride it, get there early cause they stop at 7.

      September 11, 2013

    • Tae

      We usually sit to the right of the carousel. Peter is right though, tickets sell out fast so if you want a ride, get there early!

      September 15, 2013

  • John F.

    Do we know yet what the book is for October?

    August 15, 2013

    • Tae

      I'm fairly certain we decided on it at the last meetup, Steph just has not had the chance to post it yet.

      August 22, 2013

    • John F.

      Yeah, Angela told me it is Pride and Prejudice and Zombied

      August 23, 2013

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