Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, Haruki Murakami

First off, thank you to Arielle for lending me this book (we have much to discuss)! This is my first Murakami experience, so I had no basis of comparison for what his writing style is normally like. However, I did find this humorous bingo card that makes me wish there were more cats in this particular story. SPOILER ALERT: NO CATS IN COLORLESS TSUKURU!


The book references the piece of music “Le mal du pays A LOT! Listening to it, you sense that it is complete, but also a mish mash of complex unfinished ideas. This is pretty much the epitome of this story. Where Murakami could have chosen to tie up loose ends with nice little bows, he instead chooses to leave those loose ends blowing in the wind. No pretty, soul satisfying bows here, folks! e.g. What happened to that character? Was that issue ever resolved? We’re just fine with the ambiguity of that situation? It’s hard to tell if Murakami does this intentionally or if he gets easily bored with story lines and characters. Either he is a genius at conveying how messy & unresolved life can be or he is a really lazy storyteller. I suspect it is the former.

Although this story did not fill me with rainbows, sunshine, puppies, and gum drops, it had me still thinking about it a day later. And any art that has me thinking about it, even an hour after digesting it, is probably doing something right.

Books read: 14



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