Colourless Tsukuru Tazaki & His Years of Pilgrimage is the 13th novel by Japanese writer Haruki Murakami. Murakami was on my radar as a writer whose work I needed to delve into. A few years ago I read one of his novels & was a bit disappointed to be honest. I appreciated his style of writing but the story was not captivating enough for me – I can’t even recall the title now. Another friend whom I trust with book recommendations just adores everything he writes so I made the mental note to revisit his work & not make my judgement based on one book.
I was sitting in a hostel & someone approached the table I was sitting at with hopes of finding this book a new home. The book peddler regarded the book highly & said he couldn’t put it down. I took this opportunity to add to my book collection currently breaking my back & added it to the pile. I’m ready to give you another go Murakami.
This is the tale of Tsukuru Tazaki who was exiled from his friendship circle for reasons unknown & his anguish & struggle to find out the truth. Friendships are extremely important to me & this idea of being completely cut off struck a chord. I felt so sad for him without his friends & his consuming sadness & loneliness. As informed, this was a quick read & I easily got drawn into the book. If you see it at a book exchange it’s worth picking up to get lost in someone’s story. It is currently available on Amazon for £3.99