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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

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ISBN13: 9780385352109
ISBN10: 0385352107
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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki may be a simple story, but it carries an emotional heft that feels like a throwback to one of Murakami's classic early novels, like Norwegian Wood. His ephemeral and effortless prose flows like a perfectly choreographed dream and will leave you as satisfied as a long afternoon nap.
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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.

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"Murakami's (1Q84) latest novel, which sold more than a million copies during its first week on sale in Japan, is a return to the mood and subject matter of the acclaimed writer's earlier work. Living a simple, quotidian life as a train station engineer, Tsukuru is compelled to reexamine his past after a girlfriend suggests he reconnect with a group of friends from high school. A tight-knit fivesome for years, the group suddenly alienated Tsukuru under mysterious circumstances when he was in college. For months after the break, not knowing what had gone wrong, he became obsessed with death and slowly lost his sense of self: 'I've always seen myself as an empty person, lacking color and identity. Maybe that was my role in the group. To be empty.' Feeling his life will only progress if he can tie up those emotional loose ends, Tsukuru journeys through Japan and into Europe to meet with the members of the group and unravel what really happened 16 years before. The result is a vintage Murakami struggle of coming to terms with buried emotions and missed opportunities, in which intentions and pent up desires can seemingly transcend time and space to bring both solace and desolation." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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“Hypnotically fascinating....A journey of immense magnitude, both physically...and, of course, metaphysically, as Tazaki attempts to make sense of his own inner world and the dreams that shape his other dimension. There are always other dimensions in Murakami’s novels, and while they can seem impenetrable, they eventually feed into and help vivify the powerful personal dramas taking place on a purely human level. In the end, Murakami writes love stories, all the more tender and often tragic for their exploration of the multiple realities in which his lovers live.” Booklist (starred review)

Review:

“Murakami devotees will sigh with relief at finding his usual memes — the moon, Cutty Sark, a musical theme, ringing telephones, a surreal story-within-a story (this time about passing on death and possibly six fingers). That the novel sold over one million copies its first week in Japan guarantees — absolutely, deservedly so — instant best-seller status stateside as well.” Library Journal (starred review)

Review:

“One of Murakami’s more memorable protagonists...a testament to the mystery, magic, and mastery of this much-revered Japanese writer’s imaginative powers. Murakami’s moxie is characterized by a brilliant detective-story-like blend of intuition, hard-nosed logic, impeccable pacing, and poetic revelations....[He] reveals Tazaki’s pilgrimage through stunning psychologically and philosophically charged passages that are alternately all too real and almost hallucinatory....Tazaki’s quest restores him to the cycle of love, loss, and resurrection that is time’s eternal flow in surprising, delightful, and sometimes frightening ways, none of which will be lost on lucky readers of this new masterpiece.” Elle

Review:

“Another tour de force from Japan’s greatest living novelist....Murakami writes with the same murky sense of time that characterized 1Q84, but this book, short and haunting, is really of a piece with older work such as Norwegian Wood and, yes, Kafka on the Shore. The reader will enjoy watching Murakami play with color symbolism down to the very last line of the story, even as Tsukuru sinks deeper into a dangerous enigma....A trademark story that blends the commonplace with the nightmarish in a Japan full of hollow men.” Kirkus (starred review)

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto in 1949 and now lives near Tokyo. He is the author of many novels as well as short stories and non-fiction. His works include Norwegian Wood, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Kafka on the Shore, After Dark, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, and 1Q84. His work has been translated into more than forty languages, and the most recent of his many international honours is the Jerusalem Prize, whose previous recipients include J.M. Coetzee, Milan Kundera, and V.S. Naipaul.

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writermala, September 16, 2014 (view all comments by writermala)
Haruki Murakami has written another amazing book. This time his story starts with the telling of Tsukuru's dismissal from a group of five. The teenager is shocked by the sudden ban for no obvious reason. Tsukuru spends the next few years wondering and we are told of his coping mechanisms and his life in glowing colors - even though he is supposedly colorless!Finally when he is 36 Tsukuru meets Sara who convinces him to confront his past - "you can hide memories but you can't erase the history that produced them" she says, and we learn the fascinating reasons for the way Tsukoru's life unfolded. A definite keeper in my book.
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Elliott, September 1, 2014 (view all comments by Elliott)
Murakami has a devotional fan base that eagerly awaits his newest novel each time one is published. After the bizarre bulk that was 1Q84, this slender novel is more controlled and no less creative than previous works. Once again, Murakami weaves a tale of past and present deftly telling the story of "colorless" Tsukuru who thinks himself unnecessary after his five friends suddenly and without explanation banish him from their tight group. As the years pass and the story unfolds, he will begin to see how truly integral he is to them. Like previous Murakami novels, this one does not answer all the questions and leaves many unanswered. This is more an interior journey than an external one. Like other protagonists from Haruki Murakami's fiction, Tsukuru wrestles with memory and reality, sometimes unsure of which is which.
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Kacey Cook, August 19, 2014 (view all comments by Kacey Cook)
I found this book different from other Murakami novels I have read although I still highly enjoyed it. A pretty straightforward read yet deeply absorbing. Murakami is able to convey human emotions underneath the text in a beautifully haunting way. Highly recommend to anyone.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385352109
Author:
Murakami, Haruki
Publisher:
Knopf Publishing Group
Translator:
Gabriel, Philip
Subject:
Literary
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Publication Date:
20140831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
7.31 x 5.21 x 1.5 in 0.96 lb

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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki may be a simple story, but it carries an emotional heft that feels like a throwback to one of Murakami's classic early novels, like Norwegian Wood. His ephemeral and effortless prose flows like a perfectly choreographed dream and will leave you as satisfied as a long afternoon nap.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Murakami's (1Q84) latest novel, which sold more than a million copies during its first week on sale in Japan, is a return to the mood and subject matter of the acclaimed writer's earlier work. Living a simple, quotidian life as a train station engineer, Tsukuru is compelled to reexamine his past after a girlfriend suggests he reconnect with a group of friends from high school. A tight-knit fivesome for years, the group suddenly alienated Tsukuru under mysterious circumstances when he was in college. For months after the break, not knowing what had gone wrong, he became obsessed with death and slowly lost his sense of self: 'I've always seen myself as an empty person, lacking color and identity. Maybe that was my role in the group. To be empty.' Feeling his life will only progress if he can tie up those emotional loose ends, Tsukuru journeys through Japan and into Europe to meet with the members of the group and unravel what really happened 16 years before. The result is a vintage Murakami struggle of coming to terms with buried emotions and missed opportunities, in which intentions and pent up desires can seemingly transcend time and space to bring both solace and desolation." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , “Hypnotically fascinating....A journey of immense magnitude, both physically...and, of course, metaphysically, as Tazaki attempts to make sense of his own inner world and the dreams that shape his other dimension. There are always other dimensions in Murakami’s novels, and while they can seem impenetrable, they eventually feed into and help vivify the powerful personal dramas taking place on a purely human level. In the end, Murakami writes love stories, all the more tender and often tragic for their exploration of the multiple realities in which his lovers live.”
"Review" by , “Murakami devotees will sigh with relief at finding his usual memes — the moon, Cutty Sark, a musical theme, ringing telephones, a surreal story-within-a story (this time about passing on death and possibly six fingers). That the novel sold over one million copies its first week in Japan guarantees — absolutely, deservedly so — instant best-seller status stateside as well.”
"Review" by , “One of Murakami’s more memorable protagonists...a testament to the mystery, magic, and mastery of this much-revered Japanese writer’s imaginative powers. Murakami’s moxie is characterized by a brilliant detective-story-like blend of intuition, hard-nosed logic, impeccable pacing, and poetic revelations....[He] reveals Tazaki’s pilgrimage through stunning psychologically and philosophically charged passages that are alternately all too real and almost hallucinatory....Tazaki’s quest restores him to the cycle of love, loss, and resurrection that is time’s eternal flow in surprising, delightful, and sometimes frightening ways, none of which will be lost on lucky readers of this new masterpiece.”
"Review" by , “Another tour de force from Japan’s greatest living novelist....Murakami writes with the same murky sense of time that characterized 1Q84, but this book, short and haunting, is really of a piece with older work such as Norwegian Wood and, yes, Kafka on the Shore. The reader will enjoy watching Murakami play with color symbolism down to the very last line of the story, even as Tsukuru sinks deeper into a dangerous enigma....A trademark story that blends the commonplace with the nightmarish in a Japan full of hollow men.”
"Synopsis" by , 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.
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