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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

A novel

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New York Times #1 Bestseller
A New York Times and Washington Post notable book, and one of the Financial Times, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Slate, Mother Jones, The Daily Beast, and BookPage's best books of the year

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage is the long-awaited new novel—a book that sold more than a million copies the first week it went on sale in Japan—from the award-winning, internationally best-selling author Haruki Murakami.

Here he gives us the remarkable story of Tsukuru Tazaki, a young man haunted by a great loss; of dreams and nightmares that have unintended consequences for the world around us; and of a journey into the past that is necessary to mend the present. It is a story of love, friendship, and heartbreak for the ages.

From Publishers Weekly

Apr 28, 2014 – Murakami's (1Q84) latest novel, which sold more than a million copies during its first week on sale in Japan, is a return to the mood and subject matter of the acclaimed writer's earlier work. Living a simple, quotidian life as a train station engineer, Tsukuru is compelled to reexamine his past after a girlfriend suggests he reconnect with a group of friends from high school. A tight-knit fivesome for years, the group suddenly alienated Tsukuru under mysterious circumstances when he was in college. For months after the break, not knowing what had gone wrong, he became obsessed with death and slowly lost his sense of self: "I've always seen myself as an empty person, lacking color and identity. Maybe that was my role in the group. To be empty." Feeling his life will only progress if he can tie up those emotional loose ends, Tsukuru journeys through Japan and into Europe to meet with the members of the group and unravel what really happened 16 years before. The result is a vintage Murakami struggle of coming to terms with buried emotions and missed opportunities, in which intentions and pent up desires can seemingly transcend time and space to bring both solace and desolation.

Customer Reviews

Promising Start, Disappointing Finish

I have not read any of Murakami’s works in the past, but seeing as this was #1 on the NYTimes Bestseller list, I thought I would download the sample and give it a try. While the opening chapter was interesting enough that I ended up purchasing the whole book, the plot started to unravel rather quickly the more I read which lead me to inevitably regret the purchase.

Without spoiling too much, the gist of the story is one man’s journey to find the answer as to why his four closest friends cut off all relations with him during their college years. While the premise is intriguing, the author’s resolutions for many of the story’s questions seem unbelievable and almost flat out ridiculous. The ending left me with more questions than answers making the whole story feel incomplete. For the most part many of the characters are very unlikeable and the ones that seem to be genuine are sadly underdeveloped.

I don’t know about the author’s other works, but I wish someone had told me how graphic and erotic this novel was! There was some parts where I thought I was reading from an adult magazine. I know sex attracts readers, but this was largely unnecessary and flat out weird…

Definitely if I had to do it all over again, I would not purchase this book. Very disappointed.

Nostalgic love story

My favourite Murakami writings are non-fiction or fiction rooted in realism. I haven't read all his fictions but this new book reminded me of Norwegian Wood especially the mood. When I think about Norwegian Wood, I get this nostalgic feeling inside me and this new book did the same. Having lived in a small town in Arizona for the past 15years but spent my youth in Tokyo, it made me think about a few friends I made in junior high and their whereabouts. If you're looking for the surreal world Murakami creates in many of his stories, this might not be the one for you but for someone who likes reality as it is, it's a pleasurable one to get lost in it.

Not typical Murakami

This book is very different from any of his earlier books. I have read them all! Here he seems to have pared down the plot and focus to an almost haiku like simplicity. The emotional echo of one mans inner life however speaks to all humanity's search for purpose and belonging.

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
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  • $11.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: Aug 12, 2014
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 336 Pages
  • Language: English
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