Book Recommendation: Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage


Publication Date: May 5, 2015

Publisher: Vintage Books

Page Number: 336

I bought this book with excitement as I heard Murakami was a great writer.  I also bought another of his books, but sort of wish I had read that first instead.  There’s nothing to compare this to since this is the only book I’ve read from him, but something was missing from it.  It’s not that it was bad because I could get through it and wanted to know what happened to the primary and secondary characters.  I had enough closure with the close-knit group of teenagers when I got to the last page, but I wanted more of the stories mentioned by Tsukuru or by the few select people he let into his life long after he left high school.  I also wanted to know more about his disturbing dreams (as he felt they were).  They sort of just sat there on the pages after a while without any real consequence to his life besides an afterthought.  It is clear the past actions he took and the decisions the group made affected him presently, but some of the dream sequences seemed to come from the left field.  I wanted to know why he was having these particular dreams.  They kept recurring for Tsukuru so it did mean something.  I wasn’t expecting Murakami to hit me over the head with the answer(s), but the dreams seemed disjointed in the sense it wasn’t tied to much of anything when the book ended.  Was he questioning his sexuality or was he trying to rein in or even deal with his sexual desires?  Some passages were so well written, and wanted more of these, but wanted less of his repetition in other places.   There was a little too much of being in Tsukuru’s head space, but there’s no denying Murakami’s ability to weave the human condition and emotions onto the pages effectively.  He was able to capture the fragility of what it means to be an outcast by someone who views himself as an outcast.  I just wanted him to go a little bit deeper in some areas especially  when it came to one of the girls from the group and a man who later became a vital source of energy in his life.  The first half of the book was stronger than the second half.  The second half offered more answers than the first.  In conclusion, I’d recommend it but be prepared for some minor disappointment in unanswered questions.



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