Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage is the closest thing to a page-turner Haruki Murakami has written, or at least of the small selection of his books that I’ve read. Short and sweet, it’s a less challenging read than The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, and just as engaging as Norwegian Wood. Tsukuru Tazaki is suddenly and inexplicably ostracised by his close-knit friendship group, an incident which drives him to the brink of suicide. Almost two decades later, he still finds himself unable to form meaningful relationships after being spurned by the people he trusted most in the world. As he attempts to form a relationship with a woman, she encourages him to contact the individuals who shunned him without apparent reason and find out what happened.
This book has the beloved Murakami voice; I’m always amazed how he writes in such a poetic but matter-of-fact way. With themes of isolation and transformation, this would be a good starting point for anyone whose been interested in getting into Murakami, and won’t disappoint die-hard fans.
But what should I read next? I fancy a mystery or some true crime. Recommendations welcome!
Born this way,