Colorless Tsukuru Tazakiby Haruki Murakami
THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016
Genre: Fiction/Translated Novel
You can hide memories, but you can’t erase the history that produced them…If nothing else, you have to remember that. You can’t erase history or change it. It would be like destroying yourself.
Hooray! With this one, I’m finally caught up. XD This was the last book I finished. Sometime last week.
Tsukuru is colorless in a world full of colorful people. He grew up in Nagoya, Japan and had a set of friends making them 5 in number. After HS, he heads off to Tokyo and left his childhood behind. Shortly after, his friends kicked him out of their lives with no explanation, leaving Tsukuru devestated.
As an adult, he is friendless and grey. He’s had a few close relationships but nothing concrete. Until he meets Sara, who encourages him to find out about his friends. He takes it upon himself to visit the past and found out what he least expected.
Murakami is a captivating author and this has to be the most normal of his books that I’ve read. His words are a beautiful prose that paints a picture. And none of his work reads like a translated novel. He captured the mind of an introvert and the pain of breaking up with friends in such a way that it was believable. This one was a short one, but just as mesmerizing.
If you haven’t read Murakami, do so. Probably start with this one since it’s one of his more subtle novels.