Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

by Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel
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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage: A novel 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Haruki Murakami's book IQ84, and couldn't wait to read this new book Colorless Tsukuri, but found it interesting with a less than satisfactory ending. Some people may like an ending that is vague, so it can be Imagined, but I found it to be an anticlimax. Mr. Murakami is a very creative author and describes his characters and settings with great detail, non of which is repetitive and some of his observations of mundane daily human life are thought provoking. I gave it a 5/5 as it was well written, but just not the mind gripping tale I had hoped it would be. His IQ84 would be a 10/5 in comparison.
yisits More than 1 year ago
If you've liked Murakami's other books you probably will like this one. If you like books that have straightforward plots and neat endings then you probably won't like this one. There are some pretty obvious cliches in the beginning but if you pass over them you enjoy the story.
Bibsi More than 1 year ago
Is the sometimes stunted writing intentional or the result of poor translation? Does it matter? I can't answer the first; but the second is no! There is so much to appreciate, so much beautiful prose,so many astute but mystical observations about life, so much of Murakami's surrealistic metaphors, all wrapped in his unresolved plot, unsurpassed simplicity and marvelous structure that the book adds up to a wonder. Caution: Those who don't want to ponder the symbolism, who prefer neatly tied up conclusions, and who want an uncomplicated protagonist - - - Stay Away.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'll give this book three stars. It's a good book in its own right, but for Mr. Murakami, I was a bit disappointed. There was a lot of redundancy and the ending seemed rushed. It reads like a short story that was unnecessarily stretched and pulled into 240 page novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The plot was as lackluster as the main character. This immature character was no anyone I would want to spend time with. The problem character development never matured either.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Haruki Murakami adjusted the pace of the main character Tourkuri ever so slightly throughout the book but even with this subtle pace the book kept your interest & intrigued me until the very end.
DMWood More than 1 year ago
Murakami is a master of metaphor with deep meanings behind names, locations, actions, food, music, and every other aspect of his stories. While some have criticized this book as being too long, I believe the length does justice to the story being told. If it were shorter, the flavor or Tazaki, his four friends, and his girlfriend would be lost.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Super depressing with no real resolution or direction , very disappointing .
Nerek More than 1 year ago
I absolutely adore this book! I could not put it down, on the last couple of pages I did not want to finish it so I started reading slower.
Qalamkar More than 1 year ago
Very interesting as usual but when the book finished I felt unsatisfied. I wanted more; its almost like waiting for the dessert that never came.
nephetus More than 1 year ago
I have come to know Murakami for his engaging stories, tranquil pace and open ended stories. This book is no different. The protagonist is unable to able to view himself as others see him and as he traces back his past history with former friends, he becomes more and more enlightened. It is a enjoyable story of a man finding himself and what he wants, but as always there is room for interpretation at the end. I always recommend reading this book in a group so these type of events can be discussed.
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MeowMA More than 1 year ago
I found the concepts in Murakami's book unusual and interesting, but it made for slow reading. I'm reading it as part of a book club and I'm anxious to hear what pthers say.
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I at first was not sure what to expect when I got this book. I had read a great review on it from one of my favorite Time magazine writers, so I trusted his judgment, and I am happy to say that I truly enjoyed this book. Murakami's voice as an author is incredible, and the way he lets the reader feel as though he/she is on a journey with the main character is amazing. I would recommend this book to anyone who has ever questioned a relationship with friends, family, or anyone in his/her life or who has forgotten about something from their past that made them who they are.
KathyS More than 1 year ago
Murakami has to be one of my favorite writers and storytellers of all time, but I'm only giving this particular book three stars; leaving me saddened, in my own personal feelings during my reading; saddened for the main character's feelings; and saddened in the overall writing of this story. The boredom I continually felt, fought with my knowledge of my wanting to find something worth salvaging from this story.  There were fits and spurts of words of wisdom, but confused with sexual meaningless.  I felt as if I were in the midst of a Murakami personal journal, not good, not bad, just lacklusterly there and resigned.  I think “lackluster” pretty much covers it in a word.  Yes, writers can leave endings to the reader’s own imagination, but my imagination was split right down the middle, almost hoping Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki would simply die in the end from one of his “shooting pains to the heart”  Yes, again, this main character depressed me to that point.....instead he fades away...into his colorless unconscious.  Was there hope in the end?  Only Murakami can answer that.....  
Soylentsolvent More than 1 year ago
If you don't like books with cliff hangers, this is not the book for you. However, if you do then, read on. The writing itself was great, I actually liked the prose.
mtcroberts More than 1 year ago
I would suggest that readers listen to Years of Pilgrimage on YouTube. I wish i had listened to it as a read the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly engrossing, but the ending was a little lacking.
ANLB More than 1 year ago
Once again Murakami takes us inside our minds to a place where we understand and appreciate what we cannot explain. His dreamscapes do exist somewhere within us – we’ve been there. Chip Kidd’s beautiful graphic presentation reminds us why holding a beautifully executed book in our hands will never be successfully usurped by a tablet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Surprisingly, this novel is more like "Norwegian Wood" and less like "1Q84."  It is surprising because I have read that Murakami has said that he would not write another novel like "Norwegian Wood." There are some surreal elements in the form of dreams and tales and the reader is tempted to ponder whether they may intersect with reality in some way but, ultimately, it's easier to believe that they are just what they appear to be.  Typically, Murakami leaves most of the readers questions unanswered, one so blatantly that it feels like a deliberate parody.  Atypically, I do not believe that there is a single cat mentioned in the whole novel.  If you are reading it after you read this, please correct me if I am wrong.  Like all of Murakami's writings, I found it frustrating at times but ultimately a good read.I did not enjoy it as much as, say, "1Q84" or "The Wind up Bird Chronicle" but it is definitely worth the read.