- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Harvill Secker (12 Aug. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1846558336
- ISBN-13: 978-1846558337
- Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.9 x 24 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (231 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage Hardcover – 12 Aug 2014
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As so often with Murakami this book deals with loneliness, redemption, music, food, love and sex. It is compelling, beautiful and utterly captivating.
One of Murakami's best, in my opinion
The book opens rather depressingly with Tsukuru Tazaki full of despair as he has no friends. Back in his youth he was one of a group of five friends who were inseparable, but one day the other four ostracised Tsukuru apparently for no reason. He knew that the other four (two girls and two boys) had colours in their names whilst his did not, but surely that couldn't be the reason? He attempts to contact one of his friends to find out more but they simply tell him that he knows the reason already and shouldn't contact them again.
Years later he is on the verge of entering into a relationship but the woman he meets tells him he has issues, and that he needs to find the root cause. He explains about his circle of friends and his isolation from them, and she tells him that he needs to find out why they pushed him out, and that only by doing this will she continue with their relationship. So Tsukuru sets out to contact his old friends and find out the truth.
In many ways it is similar to his earlier work such as "Norwegian Wood", as this is an easy book to read and has a similarly cold atmosphere to it, almost a sterility. It's a bit of a page turner too, especially when Tsukuru starts to find things out, although it is a little repetitive as the latter half of the book is essentially a series of meetings and conversations.Read more ›
Then, inexplicably and without warning, Tsukuru's friends fail to make contact, when he returns home. The voices of the parents seemed strained as they speak to him on the phone. Finally he is categorically told by one of the males that he is never to contact any one of them ever again, and that he supposedly knows the reason why.
As a student Tsukuru goes into a deep, almost suicidal depression. When he starts work he rarely makes friends with others, nor dates.
When Tsukuru does meet a girl Sara, she recognises that he is damaged, that he should dig into this rejection to find out what is behind it.
So he does. And he does get to the bottom of it.
This novel might well intrigue anyone who has ever reunited with old schoolmates two or more decades later. To see how the young person full of promise, actually did turn out. What each is like now, as a fully-mature adult. For Tsukuru this becomes quite an Odyssey, though he is to encounter tragedy too.
What this novel truly recognises is how significant school friendships can shape in individual long term - and especially how deeply, negative experiences in this area can stay with us.Read more ›
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