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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage (Hardcover)

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By Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel (Translator)
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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


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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.

About the Author

Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto in 1949 and now lives near Tokyo. His work has been translated into more than fifty languages. The most recent of his many international honors is the Jerusalem Prize, whose previous recipients include J. M. Coetzee, Milan Kundera, and V. S. Naipaul. Translated by Philip Gabriel.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9780385352109
ISBN-10: 0385352107
Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
Publication Date: August 12th, 2014
Pages: 400
Language: English