Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

A Novel

eBook - 2014
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"The new novel--a book that sold more than a million copies the first week it went on sale in Japan--from the internationally acclaimed author, his first since IQ84"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2014.
ISBN: 9780385352116
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Characteristics: text file
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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.

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wodebaobei38
Feb 17, 2017

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

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myraruima
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.

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Bill_SDPL
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.

theorbys Aug 30, 2015

Somewhat tame Murakami. Colorless Tsukuru is traumatized by an event in his teens and does not know what or why the event happened. To untie the resulting knot in his head he must track down a group of friends who did the traumatizing and figure out how to move on. A well told take.

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Rosina
Aug 10, 2015

This book will go into my top ten books that I've read and loved. It is a book about characters and I couldn't put it down. I read it in two days when I was terribly busy....

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tallguykp
Aug 03, 2015

This was an impulse read, and my impulse was right. Read this book.

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kymlu
Jul 29, 2015

There are all different sorts of emotions in this novel, in which provide a strong sense of struggle, that makes the story interesting to read.

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rdw39
Jul 24, 2015

I found this book to be a fast read but I went back & forth on my opinion of Tsukuru. On one hand he is a sad individual who is insecure with an inferiority complex and a loner who holds on to the past as a reason to not face the real world. The other side of him reveals a false humility believing he is not worth much to the world, but all who know him think just the opposite. This seems rather manipulative. Despite my characterization of Tsukuru, I found the story interesting & was thankful for Sara who moved him forward in his life.

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kn1226
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.

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kn1226
Jun 25, 2015

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

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kn1226
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.

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sky123
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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