I have not read George Orwell's "1984", so I wouldn't know what kind of a take Haruki Murakami's 1Q84 is of the classic, but of its own, 1Q84 can stand alone and be proud of itself. I decided to read this ginormous work of Murakami after reading some glorious reviews of this famous Japanese author.
The book is a twisted fantasy/love story in 3 books. Tengo, an upcoming author (who might never really make it) and Aomame, a fitness expert (and a hired hitman with serious issues) are probably as mundane and as twisted as any other Jack and Jill in this world. A mere fraction of their childhood together seems to have left an indelible mark on both of them and while they live completely oblivious of each other, the strange plot of the story brings them inch by inch closer.
This is no vampire/Harry Potter sort of fiction (though I love those too!). It has a plot that slowly creeps into the real world and you are left wondering initially "What the ?". As you read on the story pulls you along until you really cannot make out between the real and the alternate world.
Strangely enough my favorite character of this book is the absolute bad guy Ushikawa. What a classic!
It is a one of a kind read which I must warn though requires some level of patience. I can bet you on one thing though. After reading this book, the next time you look up into the night sky, you will actually look for the other moon, somehow waiting for it pop up somewhere! :)