Colourless 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.
Description from the inside of the dust jacket.
Tsukuru Tazaki was in a close-knit group of friends during his high school time. The others in his group had colour in their names and their characters seemed to be much more interesting than his. When he went to University in Tokyo, everything changed in their group when one day they just ignored him. He felt useless and unwanted which caused his downward spiral fall towards depression. Due to the fact of his feelings of being unwanted, he started to lose weight and he had not had other friends in University. I do feel that it was strange for his friends to have done something so terrible to him. He felt lost and unknown to the reasons for them doing so and it was because of that that it haunted him to his present working professional day. It definitely gave a mystery in the beginning on why they did that to him.
However, I felt that Tsukuru Tazaki was whiny throughout the entire book. While it was understandable for him to feel the pain of losing his friends, all he did was rub the fact that he felt lost without them. He felt useless and unwanted and many other things because of what happened. It is getting irritating with every page where he kept on going with how worthless he was even though he was a grown man in his late thirties. Also, Haida’s part in the story was interesting and I felt that the author did not do the character justice. He was the only storyline that had no conclusion and I felt that he had a great story arc in the entire book.
Overall, I felt that this book was long winded on how he managed to get over what happened. It was important to Tsukuru Tazaki to know what happened but whining every minute or so gets on my nerve.