Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
Haruki Murakami & Philip Gabriel
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A 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.
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Publishers Weekly Review
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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.
Much Better than 1Q84
Really enjoyed this latest from Murakami. Wasn’t going to read it because I despised his last novel. But I could not figure out if the reason I didn’t like 1Q84 was Murakami’s fault or the fault of the translators. So I gave Murakami another chance. I was not disappointed. This is a novel rooted in realism - or Murakami’s version of realism - romance, and existential wandering. Instead of the 20 year old college student wondering about his or her life, Murakami gives us the 38 year old professional looking back and wondering about his life. Tsukuru was eerily familiar to me as I read the book - so much so that I could not put the novel down and read it all in one night. Fans of Norwegian Wood will enjoy this book. Fans of Murakami’s more surrealistic fiction should enjoy the book. A lot of critics are comparing this new book to Norwegian Wood. I don’t disagree with the connection, but I see more of a link between Colorless Tsukuru and Sputnik Sweetheart.
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.