1Q84 Take Two

 

Last month I told you my woes about reading the library copy of Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84. The saga continues.

After putting my name on top of the waiting list, another copy came into the library last week. I picked it up, then laid it aside to finish the book I was reading at the time. Monday morning I returned to the dentist’s office for the final visit for a new crown (sound familiar?). I opened the book to the beginning of the chapter that was interrupted in the previous copy. I turned the page…

This copy had the same publishing flaw as the first copy – 30 pages missing. This time I discovered that the next group of pages had been printed twice. Argh!!!

I took it back to the library last night. I was lucky enough to have the same librarian help me who had the first time I took the book back. Once again he tried to apologize. By now I’m guessing they probably have more in the system from that flawed publishing run. He took the book to return. Fortunately, he had noticed another copy on the 7 day no holds/no renewal shelf. I checked that copy out – after we made sure the pages were correct this time.

I only have a week to read another 400 dense pages. This time I’m putting my current read to the side. I want to finish 1Q84. I have a new tooth problem and have a dentist’s appointment this afternoon. I’m taking this book with me for while I wait. Here’s hoping I get further than page 532…