Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

19288239Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage. Haruki Murakami. Adult Fiction. 386 pages. 2014. [Source: Purchased from Fully Booked]

“One heart is not connected to another through harmony alone. They are, instead, linked deeply through their wounds. Pain linked to pain, fragility to fragility. There is no silence without a cry of grief, no forgiveness without bloodshed, no acceptance without a passage through acute loss. That is what lies at the root of true harmony.”

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage is the long-awaited new novel– a book that sold more than a million copies the first week it went on sale in Japan–from the award-winning, internationally best-selling author Haruki Murakami.

Here he gives us the remarkable story of Tsukuru Tazaki, a young man haunted by a great loss; of dreams and nightmares that have unintended consequences for the world around us; and of a journey into the past that is necessary to mend the present. It is a story of love, friendship, and heartbreak for the ages.

I’ve been hearing A TON of hype and love for Haruki Murakami’s books lately and I finally understand why. His writing style is absolutely stunning. It has a certain flow that keeps you wanting more and more.

I’m not gonna lie, I was actually forced to read this book because it was a required reading (oops). BUT DAMN it didn’t feel like one. I did stop reading this book here and there because of other books and school work, but every time I picked this book up again, it felt like a breeze.

This book features a 36 year old man coping with the abandonment of his 4 best friends in high school. And as the title implies, Tsukuru Tazaki goes on a pilgrimage, not just geographically, but also emotionally.

Dealing with love, death, and friendship, this book is indeed a lot to handle. It’s very profound. However, because of the said issues and the age of the main character, I had a really hard time connecting with the book. This is actually why I prefer YA books to Adult Fiction. I do believe that if I read this a few years later, I’d enjoy this more. Nonetheless, this was a great book with a main character going through real life struggles.

This book made me want to read more of Haruki Murakami’s books because of the stunning writing. However, due to his explicit scenes, I’m going to hold it off until I get a little older. I do want to know some of your favorite Haruki Murakami novels if you do have some! Also, I’ve been super active on Goodreads lately, so see what I’ve been up to there!

Anyway, overall, I rate this novel

This was a good read.

Hope you all have a good day! ❤

3 Replies to “Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage”

  1. I remember enjoying After Dark – it’s short, weird and nothing really seems to “happen”, but the writing so was captivating I didn’t want it to end! Plus, I don’t remember there being anything explicit… if that helps 🙂

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