- Saturday, 22 November 2014 -
Book Review: Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
Hello my lovelies! There are some books that touch the inner depths of your soul and continue to resonate with you long after they're gone, books that produce a quiet, contemplative atmosphere that you plunge headfirst into, immersing yourself in their dreamlike waters knowing that its only a matter of time before you resurface at the shore. I wouldn't deem this the greatest read of my life because its not simply a book you can delve into, thumbing your way through the pages of plotlines and characters and climaxes - it goes deeper than that.
As the title suggests, the catalyst of the story is a man named Tsukuru Tazaki who harbours a heavy burden, unable to move forward with his life due to a detrimental disturbance in his younger years. Just like the fingers on a hand, Tsukuru was one of a group of five best friends, however contradictory to their "orderly, harmonious community" Tsukuru was the only member lacking in a name pertaining to colour, forever destined to remain "an empty person, lacking in color and identity". The momentous event which shapes the book is when his friends abruptly decide to expel him from their friendship leaving him a suicidal shell of a man.
As time ticks on, and still reeling from his agonising experience, Tsukuru channels his childhood obsession with trains into actual employment, now working for a railroad company. With his life remaining in limbo, his girlfriend Sara spurs him on to seek out his former friends with the avid hope of finding out why they abandoned him all those years ago. And so begins a oneiric, poetic and metaphoric journey into discovering answers and moreover - himself.
I wouldn't describe this book as an overly riveting read, however it possesses a thoughtful nature which you can't help but turn over in your mind again and again. I for one even found myself reflectively revising my younger years whilst reading the book, eager to understand the ripples of my decisions in my lifetime. An easy and enjoyable read which I would urge anyone to undertake!