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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of…

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage (2013)

by Haruki Murakami

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    1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (chwiggy)
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    vwinsloe: Another group of friends with secrets over the years

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This book reminded me of Hesse’s The Prodigy, minus the genius, and if The Prodigy hadn’t ended with one certain event. If Hans had kept on keeping on, I think he would have ended up listless, lonely and inept at social communication, much like Tsukuru. I have never been a huge fan of Murakami’s writing style, or of his prose in general. This book had many of the same faults (“He came, She came. The check came.”), but I think what really lost me with this book is that Tsukuru was still completely destroyed and hung up on high school friends. I know that high school friendships mold us and are part of the “golden days”, Tsukuru dwells and lives in the past, so he isn’t an entirely sympathetic character. Though, to be fair, I did feel sympathetic towards him once the reason he was banished from his high school friend group was revealed, though that reason seemed completely implausible (and like his high school friends were really crappy people and definitively not his friends). Overall, the whole novel felt a little like a really long-winded plea for attention from Tsukuru who was “fated to always be alone”. ( )
  soradsauce | Nov 17, 2017 |
Spoilers. With charming attention to detail and a metronomic pace akin to a locomotive clicking over the points, Murakami takes the reader through some emotionally traumatic years in the life of Japanese railway station designer, Tsukuru Tazaki. However, to use a metaphor that Tsukuru may appreciate, the journey covered is entirely the mid-point stations, with the origin seen only in retrospect and the final terminus only in anticipation. Some small doubt is left as to the arrival platform, although there are plenty of signals on which to base an educated guess. In terms of the pilgrimage of the sub-title, the holy site is viewed from many angles, but the final act of arrival is veiled. This is, perhaps, appropriate. It is the voyage of discovery that is the focus, not the destination, which may detract from what has been learned. This is ironic, given that Tsukuru designs stations, not tracks or routes. Each station presents choices, and a carefully painted visit to Finland, half way around the world from Japan, only confirms that this is true everywhere. The question, however, is how many choices are false (or colourless, if you like), and whether the route of the train has already been decided in advance. ( )
  Kanikoski | Nov 5, 2017 |
At age 36, Tsukuru Tazaki is still haunted by the fact that his tightly knit group of high school friends dropped him from their group with no explanation. Tsukuru just accepted the rejection, never questioning it even though he could not imagine what he had done to turn them against him. 16 years later Tsukuru tells his girlfriend this story and she convinces him to get in touch with all four of his long lost friends so he can find out what the reason for the abandonment was. ( )
  KatherineGregg | Oct 17, 2017 |
El libro es muy bueno, engancha tanto que me lo terminé en una tarde, pero tiene el problema habitual de Murakami: escribe finales de mierda. ( )
  ikzer | Sep 18, 2017 |
Written by the author of 1Q84 so I expected something... more? Better? About a man who is part of a group of five close friends when they are teens, but they they split apart unexpectedly. He moves on with his life but doesn't try to find out what wrong until much later. ( )
  mfd52 | Aug 5, 2017 |
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This is a book for both the new and experienced reader. It has a strange casualness, as if it unfolded as Murakami wrote it; at times, it seems like a prequel to a whole other narrative. The feel is uneven, the dialogue somewhat stilted, either by design or flawed in translation. Yet there are moments of epiphany gracefully expressed, especially in regard to how people affect one another.
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From July of his sophomore year in college until the following January, all Tsukuru Tazaki could think about was dying.
No seu segundo ano de faculdade, entre julho e o mês de janeiro seguinte, Tsukuri Tazaki só pensava em morrer.
Fra juli måned det andet år på universitetet og frem til januar det efterfølgende år tænkte Tsukuru Tazaki kun på at dø.
"It's sort of weird if you think about it," Sara said. "We live in a pretty apathetic age, yet we're surrounded by an enormous amount of information about other people. If you feel like it, you can easily gather that information about them. Having said that, we still hardly know anything about people."
And in that moment, he was finally able to accept it all. In the deepest recesses of his soul, Tsukuru Tazaki understood. One heart is not connected to another through harmony alone. They are, instead, linked deeply through their wounds. Pain linked to pain, fragility to fragility. There is no silence without a cry of grief, no forgiveness without bloodshed, no acceptance without a passage through acute loss. That is what lies at the root of true harmony.
Der er ting her i livet, der er så komplicerede, at de vanskeligt lader sig forklare på noget sprog.
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