Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage

byHaruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel

Kobo ebook | August 12, 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
Title:Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of PilgrimageFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:August 12, 2014Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0385681844

ISBN - 13:9780385681841

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing This was the first of the many works I've read of M and it got me hooked so quickly! Although after reading his other works, I will admit that this is not his best. Amazingly written and is a must read! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-08-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not his best As an avid reader of Murakami, I was surprised to find that this book did not grip me as much as his others. Perhaps it was his repetitive themes and writing style that caused such a misfortune. I thought it was a decent read - worth it for a reminder of introspection and self-awareness.
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Engaging Read An excellent and engaging story about loss, struggle, and coming to terms with who we are and the world around us. I couldn't stop reading once I started.
Date published: 2017-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Good! surprised it was that awesome. read it in one day. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than a Travel Guide Murakami's description of a place, its sounds, and its inhabitants is unparalleled by almost any author of our postmodern times. The story of a young man's coming of age, his sudden abandonment from his close social circle, and the city which he adapted in to call his new home is as captivating as Murakami's documentation of Japanese life through its transportation infrastructure, its communities, its working-class citizens. While you wait for Murakami's next release, do give this brilliant novel its well deserved time to read.
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Really interesting storyline with a simple plot. It's at a great price right now!
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Murakami at his best. I'm hooked
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Beautiful Read "I have no sense of self. I have no personality, no brilliant color. That’s always been my problem. I feel like an empty vessel. I have a shape, I guess, as a container, but there’s nothing inside." Haruki Murakami broke my heart with his gorgeous story of Tsukuru Tazaki and his search for what it all means. In his high school days, Tsukuru was a part of a special friendship; a group of five that were truly inseparable. Four of his friends share a unique bond – their last names all represent a color: Aka is red, Ao is blue, Shiro is white, and Kuro is black. Tsukuru, however, feels colorless as his name simply translates as “the builder”. In his college years, without warning, his four friends reveal that they will no longer speak to him leaving Tsukuru ostracized and alone. Tsukuru has no idea why this occurred, but is convinced that his flaws are what led to this abandonment. Though painfully suicidal, Tsukuru manages to graduate from college and build a successful career. Tsukuru eventually meets a woman named Sara, and with her encouragement realizes he must face his past and release his pain so that he can move into his future. On the cusp of a great romance, Tsukuru journeys to reconnect with his old friends and put to rest this difficult part of his life. His reunions open old wounds, but also pave the way for new discoveries. I went into this book knowing little about the plot, and it turned out I was in the perfect mindset for something like this. Murakami examines many complexities of modern life with writing that is clean and straight forward; his insights aren’t muddied by overly colorful prose. The language is clear and direct, and it’s not nessecary to dig into the text for meaning: it’s all laid bare. Many Murakami fans suggest reading this work later, not as your introduction to his writing. I absolutely adored this book, though, and am now excited to dive into the magical realism that he is known for.
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intricately Written Colorless Tsuku Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage is one of those books that gets me hooked on from the very first page. Intricately written (as expected), much like a pleasant and colourful dream.
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic Murakami Although a little slow in the beginning, I very quickly couldn't put it down. Murakami's works are always a little weird, but if you've liked his other books, you are very likely to enjoy this one as well.
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful! This book has a more simpler plot, compared to his other works but still beautifully written. I absolutely enjoyed spending my time reading this! Not a disappointment if you are a fan of Murakami!
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Read I personally liked this novel. It didn't really feel like a Murakami novel but it definitely still is a good story revolving around a man seeking closure from his past trauma with his childhood friends. It's straightforward and very easy to find yourself not putting the book down as it is interesting and makes you want to see things through to the end. You as the reader will probably feel the same desperation as Tsukuru Tazaki in that you both want to find out the answer to everything and you feel like you can't get there fast enough.
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not my favourite Murakami work, but still a stunning An easy-to-read story of losing one's identity and starting anew. I believe those in a period of transition will enjoy and relate to the themes presented.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An excellent Murakami Work Beautiful in its simplicity and intrigue
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good, but minor Murakami work Great start with intrigue and something of a mystery to be solved. Questions are raised, but the answers are ultimately unsatisfying. A competent work, but not up to the usual quality of Haruki Murakami.
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Murakami Favourite A very enjoyable read-- I was so happy when I heard that Murakami was going to release a new novel in 2015, and I'm so glad I was able to read it when it was released.
Date published: 2016-11-02
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