Thursday, February 12, 2015

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki And His Years Of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

★★★★✩
Tsukuru Tazaki once had a group of friends that enriched his dull ordinary life. Without any explanation they told him they never wanted to see him again. A painful loss that has haunted and impacted the way he's lived his life. Tsukuru has become a man with a simple lifestyle and very few friends. The future he wants to create depends on facing his past and learning what truly transpired.      

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki And His Years Of Pilgrimage is a melancholy story that explores loneliness, friendship, and identity.

I really liked the story's retrospective take on the coming-of-age tale. The story highlights Tsukuru's sense of self during high school and college interwoven with his current mindset as an adult. It was interesting to see how Tsukuru navigated each of the transitional phases and how they shaped the person he became.

The mystery surrounding Tsukuru's past unfolds gradually with each new piece of information expanding upon it. It was interesting to see how his friends were affected and learn what happened to them through the years. The ending is open but I thought it gave a sense of closure to the overall story and the mystery it focused on.  

I loved the cadence of the prose and its ability to capture existential ideas and reiterate them through colorful concise metaphors. I thought it was interesting how the story used slight touches of supernatural surrealism to underscore introspective moments. I especially liked the story's incorporation of music and how it enhanced the themes of the story. 

Overall, I enjoyed reading the story and look forward to reading other books by the author.

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