Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

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by Haruki Murakami

Hardback Publication Date: 12/08/2014

3/5 Rating 3 Reviews

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.

The first print run of Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage included a sticker set - please note that this first print run is no longer available and therefore this book no longer comes with stickers.

Contemporary fiction
Publication Date:
Vintage Publishing
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
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Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami is the author of many novels as well as short stories and non-fiction.

His books include Norwegian Wood, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Kafka on the Shore, 1Q84, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage and The Strange Library.

His work has been translated into more than 50 languages, and the most recent of his many international honours is the Jerusalem Prize.

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  • A slight, beautiful novel

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    This feels like every other Murakami novel, which is far from a bad thing. This time his calm prose is used to display Tsukuru Tazaki as he tries to understand why his close friends abandoned him many years ago.

  • Not his best work

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    It's Murakami, so I stayed up late to finish it. Well-written, interesting, but definitely not his best work. The main character is a bit useless, and the plot hinges on some particularly stupid choices made by the characters. Maybe read "Kafka on the Shore", or "Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman", if you're looking for a better example of what he's capable of.

  • Must-read Murakami

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    Murakami is such a beautiful writer that if he wrote a shopping list I'd probably hang off every word. Any fan of Murakami will love the picture he paints of Tsukuru and his four friends. A powerful story of regrets and friendship, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki is one of Murakami's more 'normal' novels (no surrealism to be seen) so it's a great one for anyone yet to read a Huruki Murakami. Do yourself a favour!