Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage – Haruki Murakami (Book Review)


I was supposed to buy this when it was first released, but ended up putting it off until a few weeks back. I’ve read some Murakami in the past, so wanted to give his latest a try:

Tsukuru Tazaki belonged a friendship group of five throughout secondary school, each of the other four having colours in their name. The group has unwritten rules to create a perfect community, and were successful in doing so.

Whilst at college in Tokyo, Tsukuru recieves a phone call from the group informing him he was out, but the reasons for this were unclear.

As an adult, Tsukuru is encouraged to discover what happened all those years ago.

The plot isn’t as simple as ‘he didn’t have a colour in his name’, in face, the lack of colour only made him feel insignificant: as though he was boring, and contributed nothing to his friendships, Colourless.

As the story unravels it becomes apparent quickly that the reasons for his exile were a lot more complicated than it first seems. The turmoil Tsukuru must go through in order to find this out, however, is at high cost.

The book was well written, like a lot of Murakami’s stuff, and left me thinking more than a few times. The characters are well constructed too.

The ending of the book was a little ambiguous, but left me wondering: perhaps we were only given insight to his ‘years of pilgrimage’ after all, and now that pilgrimage had ended, and he was a changed man.

A recommended read for sure, though I know some die-hard Murakami fans don’t agree, but I see no real reason as to why!


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