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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage: A novel (original 2013; edition 2014)

by Haruki Murakami (Author), Philip Gabriel (Translator)

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Title:Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage: A novel
Authors:Haruki Murakami (Author)
Other authors:Philip Gabriel (Translator)
Info:Knopf (2014), Edition: 1st Edition, 400 pages
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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami (2013)

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    1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (chwiggy)
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I am an avowed fan of Haruki Murakami. I look forward to his new books like they're Harry Potter sequels. But besides my usual excitement, I had especially good feelings about this one. I loved the title. I loved the cover art. And best of all:



It's about a third the size of 1Q84. Domo arigato, Murakami-san. While I liked 1Q84, at 925 pages it did feel a little flabby. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki went the opposite route in that it left me wanting more.

At face-value, Tsukuru Tazaki is another one of Murakami's passive male protagonists. In high school, Tsukuru is haunted by the fear that he is an uninteresting person. He's smart but not brilliant; he doesn't play a sport or an instrument; and he is not artistic, funny, or charming. The only thing that seems to set him apart is his love of railway stations.

Tsukuru also feels "colorless" in a more literal sense. He and four other students form a complementary, inseparable group of friends. His friends aren't just talented, they all have colors in their last names: Aka (red) is a brilliant student. Ao (blue) is an energetic rugby player. Shiro (white) is a beautiful pianist. Kuro (black) is a sarcastic bookworm. Tsukuru loves these friends but is unsure why they accept him, as he doesn't have either a special quality or a color.

One day, Tsukuru is shut out from the group without any explanation. They tell him they do not want to talk to him or see him ever again. In typical Murakami-fashion that is both maddening and understandable, Tsukuru doesn't protest. He moves on as best as he can, but the damage has been done to his psyche. Now an unmarried 36-year-old living in Tokyo, he has a job designing and renovating railway stations. He avoids forming close relationships until he begins dating a woman named Sara, who urges him to seek out his former friends and gain some closure.

Every Murakami novel I've read has a wonderful dreamlike quality, and Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki is no exception. In this case, the tone is more similar to Sputnik Sweetheart than the what-the-fuckery of Kafka on the Shore. These touches of magical realism provide depth to what is a pretty simple story. Murakami also has a gift for taking the mundane and making it seem precious. Take the protagonist. For all his proclaimed colorlessness, Tsukuru has some rather endearing traits. What do you do when you have time to kill and no desire to go back home? Some people might go a bar and get drunk. Tsukuru goes to the nearest railway station and watches the trains arrive and depart.

I can't write an unbiased review of this book. Everything about Haruki Murakami's writing that I love is present, and everything that I would make fun of is kept to a minimum. This is my first 5-star book of the year. ( )
  doryfish | Mar 6, 2019 |
Not up to the usual par of Murakami‘s work. Missing are the normal elements of the mystical, mythological slight twists of reality to move you into an altered world. Here, the mystical elements don’t go anywhere and just end up as loose strands in an otherwise wrote story. ( )
  patl | Feb 18, 2019 |
I find reading Murakami to be very comforting, almost like a warm blanket. I liked reading the book, wasn't too happy with the plot device used to create the hero's life altering event. ( )
  RekhainBC | Feb 15, 2019 |
Left me wondering what was next for the main character. ( )
  rmarcin | Jan 22, 2019 |
He leído a Murakami al fin. Era consciente de que era uno de los imprescindibles, sin duda, pero hasta ahora no había encontrado lugar y momento para leer uno de sus títulos. Lo cierto es que muchos lectores y amigos me habían recomendado encarecidamente a este escritor, y tengo que agradecerlo porque siento que ha caído en mis manos, y ha tocado mi corazón, unas de las letras más hermosas, sentidas y reales que existen.

Me ha parecido una obra moderna, pero con fuertes raíces clásicas. Lo cierto es que es la primera vez que leo literatura japonesa, y me la imaginaba de otra manera. Pero, al contrario que la literatura americana, se trata de una obra cálida, con gran importancia del mundo onírico, y con una brillantez narrativa de las que pocas veces se puede disfrutar con tal plenitud. Desde las primeras páginas, me he quedado prendada de su magia, y me he sentido irremediablemente unida a sus personajes, en especial al carismático protagonista, el chico sin color.

Me parece una novela muy compleja y a la vez sencilla de leer. Compleja porque la filosofía y la reflexión tiene un gran peso, y por la evolución y des-evolución del protagonista y los personajes de su entorno. Creo que, tal vez, ese sea el punto fuerte de Murakami, como si él mismo se desdoblara en sus propias letras y nos empapara de una parte de él, diferente cada vez, pero semejante también.

Tsukuru es un narrador en tercera persona, con una profundidad propia de la primera persona. Personalmente, me parece algo muy difícil de conseguir, pero el escritor parece un mago dotado de la capacidad de hacerlo, simulando que sea fácil. Y, no sólo eso, si no que mantiene una hermosura y un deleite a lo largo de los capítulos que explotar al máximo el placer por la lectura como pocas veces se puede disfrutar. De hecho, hacía tiempo que no podía disfrutar tanto, ni me absorbía de esta forma a una lectura que apenas he podido abandonar a lo largo de estos días.

No me gustaría decir mucho más, porque no querría desvelar detalles argumentales. Pero he de decir que la amistad y el amor son fundamentales para Murakami, en especial el primero. Las relaciones entre amigos son intensamente idealizadas a lo largo de esta novela, lo que me ha resultado muy curioso, porque lo que se suele subrayar son las relaciones amorosas. Tal vez tenga algo que ver con la personalidad del escritor, o tal vez se trata de lago más alegórico o simbólico.

Los diálogos, por cierto, no son muy realistas, pero sí que son espectaculares. Diría, poéticos por partes. Aunque he de reconocer que no es la parte fuerte de su narrativa. Aún así, son un elemento imprescindible para comprender el espíritu de 'Los años de peregrinación del chico sin color'.

Un libro imprescindible, sin duda alguna. Una novela moderna que debe formar parte de los clásicos. ( )
  MiriamBeizana | Dec 3, 2018 |
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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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Gabriel, PhilipTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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.
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"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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