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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage (Paperback)

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As a teen, Tsukuru Tazaki was part of an incredibly close-knit group of friends.  The other four have surnames which incorporate the colors red, blue, black, and white.  Tsukuru, alone, is colorless, and he has always felt bland next to his vibrant friends.  Still, it is a shock when he is told out of the blue, “I’m sorry, but I have to ask you not to call any of us anymore.”  It is devastating.  Now it is 16 years later.  Tsukuru is entering what may be the first serious romantic relationship of his life, and it’s clear that he has to work past this trauma before he can move forward.  He seeks out his old friends for answers.  The story is that simple, but it’s incredibly compelling.  I mean, who hasn’t experienced rejection, right?  But not on this scale.  Tsukuru is a sympathetic protagonist.  I’ll note that this is more accessible than much of Murakami’s recent work, but no less interesting.  Come discuss the novel’s ending with me once you finish!

— Susan

Product Details
ISBN: 9789571358208
ISBN-10: 9571358207
Publisher: Shi Bao Chu Ban/Tsai Fong Books
Publication Date: October 1st, 2013
Pages: 352
Language: Chinese