Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimageby Haruki Murakami is one of my favorite novels that I have read this year. It is one of those novels that is so good that I become dismayed by all the other novels I’ve been reading and thus go on a fiction fast.
It is a simple premise, made simpler by Murakami’s telling. Unlike his last book 1984 which sprawled and was utterly fantastical in bits, this story is pretty straightforward. It tells the story about a young man (Tazaki), who grew up in a group of five friends. During his college years, his friends tell him that they no longer want to be his friend. He moves on, not questioning it much. Then, in his 30s, he begins dating a woman, who questions what happens. He eventually tracks down all his friends. What happens is a bit unexpected.
The book ends with a lot of questions unanswered. I finished feeling full of, well, feelings and wanting to start the book all over again.