Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
by Haruki Murakami

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Published: 2014
Publisher: Knopf
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Japanese, Magical Realism
Hardback: 400 pages
Rating: 5

Tsukuru Tazaki had four best friends at school. By chance all of their names contained a colour. The two boys were called Akamatsu, meaning ‘red pine', and Oumi, ‘blue sea', while the girls' names were Shirane, ‘white root', and Kurono, ‘black field'. Tazaki was the only last name with no colour in it.

One day Tsukuru Tazaki’s friends announced that they didn’t want to see him, or talk to him, ever again.

Since that day Tsukuru has been floating through life, unable to form intimate connections with anyone. But then he meets Sara, who tells him that the time has come to find out what happened all those years ago.


My two-bits:

Not necessarily a feel good story. But rather, a good one that is told well.

It is one of those books jam packed with passages that really gave food for thought and probably even more beautiful in Japanese (non-translated text).

The journey taken with Tsukuru as he goes on his pilgrimage (to find out about himself past and present) was very engaging and engrossing.


* added this to my Bookish Bingo challenge - square: Magical Realism

* part of my Japanese Literature challenge

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