Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

ISBN: 9780099590378
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This is a mesmerising mystery story about friendship from the internationally bestselling author of Norwegian Wood and 1Q84. 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.

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Based on 5 reviews

Tsukuru Tazaki has a close group of friends in high school - himself, 2 girls and 2 boys. Their friendship is intense and meaningful, with each individual bringing something unique to the mix. His four friends stay in Nagoya but Tsukuru is the only one to leave Nagoya to attend engineering college in Tokyo. In his sophomore year, Tsukuru comes home and finds that his friends have cast him out and will not speak to him. No explanation is given. Humiliated and heartbroken, Tsukuru returns to Tokyo where he broods for 16 years until his girlfriend, Sara, prods him to seek resolution.

A joy to read

What a book for the senses... It’s a beautiful, incandescent story written with lyrical prose that weaves seamlessly from the past to the current time in which the story is set.Do yourself a favor: read this.

Muhamad Aiman Aizuddin Bin Ali

this book thrilled me! That's because this novel combines an intriguing and puzzling plot with a beautiful and simple way of looking at life. I was fascinated with the protagonist's way of thinking and dealing reasonably with life, and furthermore it was a pleasure to once again read a story set in Japan because it inevitably intertwines with Japanese culture.
Regrettably, this book didn't come with a lot of magical realism which is, however, a common trait of Murakami's. I didn't miss any, though, because the story worked so well on its own, and I think that if you kind of like Murakami but don't agree with magical realism, this would be just the book for you.
A story about loss, a story about identity and a story about finding the answers to your questions and fill out the holes inside of you. This was magnificent, and needless to say I flew through it in less than a day.

Anis Syahira Mhd Yusof

This book is about recognising that everyone has a colour, about going on a journey to figure out who we are and how others see us. This book is about pursuing the truth, which prevents us from moving on to the next chapter of life until the previous chapter's fundamental question is answered. I loved reading every page and every word in this book, and I couldn't stop thinking about it till it was finished.

Amirah Bukhari

This as a novel about looking back down the tracks of life from the speeding train of time hurling us towards unknown horizons. Such a magnificent story written by Haruki Murakami.