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Tsukuru Tazaki had four best friends at school. By chance all of their names contained a colour. The two boys were called Akamatsu, meaning 'red pine', and Oumi, 'blue sea', while the girls' names were Shirane, 'white root', and Kurono, 'black field'. Tazaki was the only last name with no colour in it. One day Tsukuru Tazaki's friends announced that they didn't want to see him, or talk to him, ever again. Since that day Tsukuru has been floating through life, unable to form intimate connections with anyone. But then he meets Sara, who tells him that the time has come to find out what happened all those years ago.
Murakami has once again produced a perfect gem – his trademark thoughtful and observant style is cunningly wrapped around dark, psychological intrigue and ambiguity in this tale of loss and confusion. At high school, Tsukuru formed a close bond with four friends, they shared everything, and this relationship was the most important thing in his life. His shock was therefore enormous, when, while at university, he was told his four friends inexplicably never wanted to see him again. Tsukuru feels as if his life is over and falls apart. Over time, he makes a kind of recovery, but always in the background is the question ‘Why?’ Murakami takes us on Tsukuru’s extraordinary journey to uncover the reason for his rejection, and the tale is as absorbing as the prose is beautiful, as it delves in to the life of a young man dealt a shattering blow that was to affect the rest of his life.
'Murakami is like a magician who explains what he's doing as he performs the trick and still makes you believe he has supernatural powers ... But while anyone can tell a story that resembles a dream, it's the rare artist, like this one, who can make us feel that we are dreaming it ourselves.' New York Times Book Review
Publication date: 02/07/2015
Publication date: 12/08/2014
Publisher: Harvill Secker an imprint of Vintage
|Publication date:||12th August 2014|
|Publisher:||Harvill Secker an imprint of Vintage|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Modern and Contemporary Fiction,|
Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto in 1949. Following the publication of his first novel in Japanese in 1979, he sold the jazz bar he ran with his wife and became a full-time writer. It was with the publication of Norwegian Wood - which has to date sold more than 4 million copies in Japan alone - that the author was truly catapulted into the limelight. Known for his surrealistic world of mysterious (and often disappearing) women, cats, earlobes, wells, Western culture, music and quirky first-person narratives, he is now Japan’s best-known novelist abroad. Nine novels, three short story collections and ...More About Haruki Murakami