Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki And His Years Of Pilgrimage

Hardcover | August 12, 2014

byHaruki MurakamiTranslated byPhilip Gabriel

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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage marks a new direction in Murakami''s fiction: a return to the lyrical realism not seen since his 1987 novel Norwegian Wood, but set against the social realities of contemporary Japan.
     Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage centers on a devastating emotional betrayal and its consequences. Tsukuru Tazaki belongs to a tight-knit group of five friends in high school--three boys and two girls who form a perfect circle they imagine will stay together forever. But when Tsukuru returns home from college in Tokyo, he finds himself inexplicably rebuffed by the group. Something has changed, but nobody, not even his closest friends, will tell him what.
     Years later, Tsukuru, now a successful engineer, begins dating an older woman named Sara and confesses to her the shadow this betrayal has cast over his life. Sara urges Tsukuru to try to find his old group and to try to solve the mystery that has haunted him all these years: why did they suddenly turn on him?
     On a quest to discover the truth, Tsukuru travels back to meet his old friends--with the exception of Shiro, the group''s most volatile and psychologically unstable member, who he learns was strangled to death in an unsolved murder six years ago. As the dark truth about Shiro reveals itself, Tsukuru must confront the simmering emotional undercurrents that the group had suppressed in order to reach their ideal of perfect friendship.
     Can love overcome isolation? Is it possible to truly reach another person? Can buried emotions ever really stay buried? And will confronting the past allow Tsukuru to finally open himself up to the future?

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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage marks a new direction in Murakami's fiction: a return to the lyrical realism not seen since his 1987 novel Norwegian Wood, but set against the social realities of contemporary Japan.      Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage centers on a devastating emotional betrayal and its consequences. Tsukuru Tazaki belongs to a tight-knit g...

HARUKI MURAKAMI was born in Kyoto in 1949 and now lives near Tokyo. His work has been translated into more than forty languages, and the most recent of his many international honors is the Jerusalem Prize, whose previous recipients include J.M. Coetzee, Milan Kundera, and V.S. Naipaul.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 7.36 × 5.2 × 1.42 inPublished:August 12, 2014Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0385681836

ISBN - 13:9780385681834

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy and lovely read Bought it because Murakami is one of my fav author. Super easy read, very enjoyable. Finished it over a weekend, I still want more.
Date published: 2015-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exquisite Just read it. Japanese literature, in my experience, is stunning in its simplicity. Highly readable and engrossing, I finished this in one day.
Date published: 2015-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Norweigan Wood-like, which makes it immensely good A 30-something Tsukuru Tazaki begins a pilgrimage to discover why his four best friends from high school announced during his first year at university that they no longer wanted him part of their lives. Tsukuru finally decides to unravel the highly emotional mystery because of his desire to have an intimate, connected relationship with Sara, whom he’s just begun to date.
Date published: 2014-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Just finished, so hard to summarize my feelings about this melancholic, affecting book.
Date published: 2014-08-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Colourful in its simplicity My love for Murakami is still strong as ever with "Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage." Whether you're sick of it or not, Murakami does his schtick very well. He captures, with simple words, what it is to be lonely and forgotten, to lose oneself's identity and purpose, and then to get that glimmer of hope that might just pull one out of the deep dark abyss of mediocrity. The ones of Murakami's works that stand out to me are the grounded ones with a mostly basic plot that imparts just as much wisdom as that trademark atmospheric heaviness. "Norwegian Wood" and "South of the Border, West of the Sun" were like that, and so is "Colorless." Tsukuru is abandoned by his colourful friends and he carries this burdended feeling through the years till he meets someone who pushes him to uncover the truth in order to be freed of this weight. And so he does, reconnecting with the people of yesteryear and discovering more of how he is perceived by others rather than what he thinks he is perceived as. The title and cover design when revealed made me scratch my head but I now see how it all ties together. Read Murakami and decide on your own if his style is for you. "Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage" would be a good one to be introduced to the author because of how straightforward it is without losing sense of who Murakami is - a masterful storyteller who is familiarly profound with his intent and imagery.
Date published: 2014-07-23