Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

Book - 2014
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Tsukuru Tazaki's life was irreparably changed when his relationships with his high school best friends became severed during Tsukuru's college days. Now at 35, Tsukuru's girlfriend Sara suggested to Tsukuru to go and talk to these high school friends in person to mend the relationships, and to discover the real reason behind the friends' decision to reject Tsukuru. Tsukuru visited his friends in Nagoya and Finland one by one, and uncovers the real reason as to why their relations were broken off.
Publisher: Toronto : Doubleday Canada, 2014.
ISBN: 9780385681834
Characteristics: 386 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm


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Jun 18, 2019

Fantastic novel about friendship, love, trauma, and healing. I would recommend to anyone on the hunt for a compelling piece of fiction by one of our greatest writers.

I can't think of a contemporay fiction writer writing better about the distortions of complex trauma and its fallout. Murakami's existential hero Tsukuro Tazaki's comment: "I've always seen myself as an empty person, lacking color and identity," gells perfectly with the character of those individuals dealing with unresolved complex trauma. A brilliant novel, flawless. R.F.M.A.

Mar 20, 2019

This book gives an accurate insight to an ordinary or "colorless" person through the struggle of Tsukuru Tazaki. The doubts, especially with the fear of confronting his friends' abandonment, serve as building blocks for the character's self-discovery. The pace was calm and appropriate, allowing the readers to sit back and think about some of the proposed questions. Personally, Tsukuru is the character that resonates the most with me in literature because I identify myself with a lot of the problems he encounter - loss of connection, depression, identity crisis, and the desire to love someone while keeping a distance.

Jan 06, 2019

Not impressed with the writing, characters, story or theme. A young adult novel, perhaps.

Nov 04, 2018

I read this for my book club and it was okay. I thought that the main character's conflict was interesting but the ending of the story was lackluster.

SCL_Justin Aug 14, 2017

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage is the new novel by Haruki Murakami. It was more in the realm of Sputnik Sweetheart or South of the Border, West of the Sun than it was a 1Q84 or Wind-Up Bird Chronicle.

Really, that’s probably all the review this needs. I love Murakami novels (even the ones I have issues with) and this is very definitely a Murakami novel.

In this one, the protagonist Tsukuru Tazaki is trying to reconnect with his tight group of friends from when they were young. There’d been five of them and he was the only one who didn’t have a colour in his name. He lost contact when they all abruptly cut him off one day, out of nowhere. Tazaki is pushed into this task by a girlfriend and it involves a lot of reflection and listening to Liszt.

It didn’t get very weird. It echoed the dream responsibilities and other worlds of some of his other books, and there’s speculation about what could have happened and Tazaki’s responsibility for what a nonexistent version of himself was capable of. That the plot feeds into rape-culture - where disbelieving victims of sexual assault and sympathizing with the nice guy who doesn't think he raped anyone is the norm - is problematic, but I think it's handled in not-atrocious fashion.

In general I liked the book as comfort reading from one of my favourite authors, but wasn't set on fire by it.

KarenTherese Jun 28, 2017

A simply wonderful title! I was pulled in from the first page and enjoyed until the end!
It speaks reverently about the power of words and how they can impact a life and underscores how others can become alienated by painful and unexplained rejection.

Feb 17, 2017

It is good, but I am not sure how it sold 11 million copies in its first week.

Oct 21, 2016

A somewhat typical Murakami novel, about teenage trauma, and the loss of paradise. I felt most moved at two moments, when Tsukuru hugged Eri, and when Tsukuru finally tells Sara he loves her. I find the ending OK because I think Tsukuru has finally been courageous enough to face being with Sara and being without Sara.

Jan 14, 2016

There are some really enthralling moments in this book, and the entire set-up is interesting. Just prepare yourself: If you're the type that needs resolution, steer clear. If you like loose ends left purposely untied, you'll be a happy camper. All in all, this is a quick ride through classic Murakami territory.

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Sep 14, 2015

People do change. And no matter how close we once were, and how much we opened up to each other, maybe neither of us knew anything substantial about the other.

Jun 25, 2015

As we go through life we gradually discover who we are, but the more we discover, the more we lose ourselves.

Jun 25, 2015

Still, being able to feel pain was good, he thought. It's when you can't even feel anymore pain that you're in real trouble.

Jan 03, 2015

And naturally Tsukuru was happy, and proud, to be included as one indispensable side of the pentagon. He loved his four friends, loved the sense of belonging he felt when he was with them. Like a young tree absorbing nutrition from the soil, Tsukuru got the sustenance he needed as an adolescent from this group, using it as necessary food to grow, storing what was left as an emergency heat source inside him. Still, he had a constant, nagging fear that someday he would fall away from this intimate community, or be forced out and left on his own. Anxiety raised its head, like a jagged, ominous rock exposed by the receding tide, the fear that he would be separated from the group and end up entirely alone.

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