Saturday 28 November 2015

Book Review: Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

Title: Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
Author: Haruki Murakami 
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: 2015 (2013) 
Pages: 298 
Format: Paperback 
Genre: Fiction 
Source: Bought Copy

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Tsukuru Tazaki had four best friends at school. By chance all of their names contained a colour. The two boys were called Akamatsu, meaning ‘red pine’, and Oumi, ‘blue sea’, while the girls’ names were Shirane, ‘white root’, and Kurono, ‘black field’. Tazaki was the only last name with no colour in it.

One day Tsukuru Tazaki’s friends announced that they didn't want to see him, or talk to him, ever again.

Since that day Tsukuru has been floating through life, unable to form intimate connections with anyone. But then he meets Sara, who tells him that the time has come to find out what happened all those years ago.
(Goodreads Synopsis)

I have loved Murakami's writing for years and am working to read all his backlist (I'm nearly there!), and this book was as enjoyable as all the others. The story grabbed me from the start and, as always, I found his understanding of human nature superb. Only one thing bugged me, and that was the frequent use of the word 'just'. Since I started working as an editor, I spend my days removing filler words like this from people's  manuscripts, so it's a pain to see them there and be unable to do anything about it. But that's me; others may not even notice. Even with the 'just's, I'm still giving the book five stars.

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