Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his years of pilgrimage

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Published Jan. 18, 2015 by Vintage.

ISBN:
9780099590378

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4 stars (12 reviews)

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4 stars

What a rare occurrence! A book written by Murakami that I did not find thoroughly silly. In truth, this work evades Murakami's usual pitfalls. It is not overly sexual. I don't mind such books, in fact, I love them. I simply take an issue with the way Murakami tends to write sex scenes and love dynamics. They are usually awkward, stunted, and ridicules. I also like that this book is not excessively long, which, thank god! And, finally, this work feels more grounded than some of his other works. I have nothing against magical realism, but it is clear to me that Murakami sometimes gets lost in his own stories. I like that he seemingly limited himself for this one, and in turn, managed to write a more cohesive and thematically rich story.

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2 stars

I can't afford a third star. I'm on a budget this month. I'm not fully sure what bothered me about this book. It was certainly readable. And not everything can be Kafka on the Shore. The mystical element was so subtle as to approach believability (if that's a word). Something about the psychology of the characters didn't work for me, perhaps because I was born in the wrong culture. But I was fine with other books of his.

There was something unmotivated --perhaps colorless--about Tsukuru's relationship with Sara. He talked it up but that was telling and not showing. His relationship with Haida seemed warmer and we have no idea what happened to him. And what's with the extra fingers? I'd ask my cat, but we don't understand each other, yet have a beautiful relationship.

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