Books written by Murakami always stood very high on my ‘books I need to read’-list. So when I saw “Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his years of pilgrimage” in the bookstore, I couldn’t resist and bought it. Read further if you want to read my review on this book.
Tsukuru Tazaki is a member of a thightknit group of 4 other people het met at school. These 4 other people all have 1 very remarkable trait: their last names all contain a color. Tazaki is the only name that doesn’t contain a color. One day Tsukuru’s friends announce that they cannot longer be friends. They can no longer see him, talk to him, ever again. From this moment onwards, Tsukuru starts living a solitary life, lacking intimate relationships. But then he meets someone, who tells him it’s time to find out what happened all those years ago.
I enjoyed reading this book so much, I’ve read it in one week. But what made it such an agreeable book to read? First of all, the way Murakami sets the story. He creates a certain intrigue, making that you want to read more. You want to keep on discovering more about the situation, but also about the people. How come that all these persons acted so differently, handled the situation so differently? What became of them?
Additionaly, you see a growth in the personality of Tsukuru. At the beginning of the book, Tsukuru sees himself as colorless, without any personality compared with his friends. Due all the circumstances, you see a change in this view. Tsukuru discovers more and more about himself, becoming more proud of his name and the meaning behind it. You see him becoming more open, being open to form intimate relationships. The way Murakami portrays this development, also makes you want to continue reading this book.
So if you’re looking for a fun read, but still with some depth, this is defintaly a great candidate!