Top positive review
Devastating yet optimistic.
on 11 July 2015
The only other Murakami book I've read to date has been Norwegian Wood, which I devoured in a single day. I had high hopes for this and was not disappointed.
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki tells the story of a young man exiled from his friendship group. Years later, a date encourages him to revisit the painful period that so profoundly affected his life and he tracks down his old friends one by one to uncover what happened.
The story jumps between past and present with ease, and I had no issue with the fact that so many of the book's anecdotes go unresolved because they serve more like parables than twists. If you're looking for a neat and tidy ending you might be disappointed, but the book left me feeling fulfilled and optimistic for the main character's future. I only wish we had a British English translation as the Americanisms were quite irritating, although I didn't let that affect my rating. Highly recommended!