Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage: A novel Hardcover – Aug 12 2014
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Pub Date: 2014-08-12 Pages: 400 Language: English Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing ... The new novel & mdash; a book that sold more than a million copies the first week it went on sale in Japan & mdash; from the internationally acclaimed author . his first since IQ84..
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Colorless has much less surrealism, much less fantasy, but an even deeper investigation of character. The eponymous protagonist struggles, often fitfully, to rise above the fate predicted by his name.
Unlike almost all of the other characters, Tsukuru is, literally, colourless. While the ideograms that express the names of his friends are colours, Tsukuru has no colour. His name means “creator,” or in his case, “builder,” and he is, indeed, an engineer who designs and supervises the building of railroad stations.
The trouble is that he never travels on the trains that visit his stations. At the start of the novel, not only has he never left Japan, he’s never visited even the nearest towns and cities served by “his” trains.
It’s hard to summarize the action of the novel without giving away the book’s central secrets, but that’s ok, because this is a book about thought, about emotion and attitude, much more than it is about story. Indeed, reading the novel all the way to the end reveals just how little the outcomes of the plotlines matter to the author.
Instead, we are drawn deeper and deeper into the interior of Tsukuru, to emotional places that he hasn’t visited in a long time, and to psychological locations that may or may not exist at all.Read more ›
However, finishing "Colorless…", it seemed to me that someone had tried to copy the style of Murakami.
While nowhere near an 18Q4 or Kafka on the Shore, it's still a good story to read and the book design is great. The plot has some merit because it's relatable, but our protagonist warrants very little sympathy and understanding from the reader.
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