- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 10 hours and 9 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Random House Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: August 12, 2014
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00K35K7SM
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage Audible – Unabridged
|New from||Used from|
|Free with your Audible trial|
Listen on your Kindle Fire or with the free Audible app on Apple, Android, and Windows devices.
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Top Customer Reviews
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki has a compelling mix of the "old" and the "new" Murakami. For the first time since Murakami started to alter his style, the story is told entirely from the perspective of the familiar "Boku" character ... mid-30s, lonely, detached, insecure (in this case, about whether he is "colorless"--this will make sense when you read the book), on an unusual quest to reconcile a past trauma and lost relationships. The book is strikingly free of the "magical realism" present in some of his iconic works such as Wind-Up Bird and Hard-Boiled Wonderland, and tells a much more "realistic" tale more similar in concept to Norwegian Wood, South of the Border, or even his debut novel, Hear the Wind Sing ... but with considerably more maturity and psychological depth, I'd argue. Unlike the "old" Murakami protagonist, however, Tsukuru is not passive ... cool, but not dispassionate.Read more ›
If a reader is of a self-analytical bent, there will be much to potentially identify with in this book. If not, then this book may start something analytical before the last page is read.
The story line is so basic and the events so focused on it that there is little that can be told without spoiling it all. Discovery while reading is key to the enjoyment of this book. The things Tsukuru does, the people he knows, the work he does, the conversations he has all are entwined within the basic story element.
If you are already a fan of this author, you will find it to be less convoluted than some of his stories, yet deeper than it seems on the surface. If you haven't discovered the pleasure of reading Murakami's books, then this will be an OK place to start. As always, though, with Murakami you never know what will happen next, while you're still busy digesting what has happened already.
Tsukuru visits each of his former friends and talks to them face-to-face. He finds the boys still in Nagoya, and goes as far as Finland for one of the girls. When he finally learns the truth, it is disturbing. The fate of one of the five is as eerie, violent and sad as anything Murakami has ever written, although at a remove. We hear about it rather than witness it, a technique that keeps the attention squarely on Tsukuru.
Colorless continues the author’s fascination with the permeable barrier between reality and imagination, in which temporality and states of consciousness merge and overlap. Tsukuru has erotic dreams involving Shiro (white) and Kuro (black): we wonder if they are unbidden aspects of his unconscious or whether they have more sinister portent.
Murakami is extraordinarily attentive to the feelings of love and hate, injustice, jealousy and guilt that engulf Tsukuru. When a new friend, the handsome boy Haida (the name means “grey field”) appears in one of these sex dreams we know we are in a different reality. Haida’s story-within-a-story further confuses Tsukuru. Haida’s father is offered a “death token” that, among other things, heightens the ability to see colours. Is the story about Haida or his father? Is Haida even real?
Murakami often pushes the outer limits of language, using music where words fail.Read more ›
I know the Japanese culture well enough to know that the endings of Japanese stories are often ambiguous compared to western stories, but this is more extreme than I've seen before.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This a good book. It is about a man who lives in Japan , he feels many emotion. The book describes what he feels.Published 6 hours ago by Amazon Customer
A mildly interesting but well written book about totally boring and ultimately frustrating characters.Published 3 days ago by David King
very fast paced book with interesting turns. Characters are well developed but the author has left a few loose ends to the story.Published 5 days ago by Michelle
Good writer, easy to read, different and complex at the same time but to many histories without ending..Published 8 days ago by Eva
Hated it. Absolutely dull. The characters were about as interesting as 50 lbs of boiled radishes. The dialog was completely ridiculous. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Mmmm
It was very well written, with fully developed characters. Some plot twists and introspection. However, I was not a fan of the ending as I felt that there was no resolution. Read morePublished 14 days ago by A.Priest
Bought this as a gift for my nephew as he is a big fan of the author.Published 15 days ago by Holley
I loved this story as I love everything from Murakami. Moody, evocative, and at the end a little bit unsatisfying. Read morePublished 18 days ago by D. F. Carnahan