Interesting comparisons - Murakami's 1Q84 - AtoZChallenge

Tengo, a protagonist of 1Q84 is a mathematics teacher and a writer. His thoughts:

'Math is like water. It has a lot of difficult theories, of course, but its basic logic is very simple. Just as water flows from high to low over the shortest possible distance, figures can only flow in one direction. You just have to keep your eye on them for the route to reveal itself. That's all it takes. You don't have to do a thing. Just concentrate your attention to keep your eyes open, and the figures make everything clear to you. In this whole, wide world, the only thing that treats me so kindly is math... When I'm writing a story, I use words to transform the surrounding scene into something more natural for me. In other words, I reconstruct it. That way, I can confirm without a doubt that this person known as 'me' exists in the world. This is a totally different process from steeping myself in the world of math.'

'Where mathematics was a magnificent imaginary building, the world of story as represented by Dickens was like a deep, magical forest for Tengo. When mathematics stretched infinitely upward toward the heavens, the forest spread out beneath his gaze in silence, its dark, sturdy roots stretching deep into the earth. In the forest there were no maps, no numbered doorways.'

Haruki Murakami

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Murakami's 1Q84
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