1Q84 in English!

Jul 28, 2011 | Things I wish I'd written

The Millions just released the opening paragraph from the English translation of Murakami’s latest, 1Q84, and it made me realize this might be the only consumer product I’d ever stand in line for.

The taxi’s radio was tuned to a classical FM broadcast. Janáček’s Sinfonietta—probably not the ideal music to hear in a taxi caught in traffic. The middle-aged driver didn’t seem to be listening very closely, either. With his mouth clamped shut, he stared straight ahead at the endless line of cars stretching out on the elevated expressway, like a veteran fisherman standing in the bow of his boat, reading the ominous confluence of two currents. Aomame settled into the broad back seat, closed her eyes, and listened to the music.