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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage (Vintage International) (Paperback)

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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


Coming this October: Killing Commendatore, the much-anticipated new novel from Haruki Murakami

An instant #1 New York Times Bestseller, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage is the remarkable story of 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. Here Haruki Murakami--one of the most revered voices in literature today--gives us a story of love, friend-ship, and heartbreak for the ages.

A New York Times and Washington Post notable book, and one of the Financial Times, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Slate, Mother Jones, The Daily Beast, and BookPage's best books of the year

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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780804170123
ISBN-10: 0804170126
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: May 5th, 2015
Pages: 336
Language: English
Series: Vintage International