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This is a mesmerising mystery story about friendship from the internationally bestselling author of Norwegian Wood and 1Q84. 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.
At high school, Tsukuru had four close friends who shared everything, and these relationships were the most important thing in his life. Then, at university, his four friends inexplicably tell him they never want to see him again, and Tsukuru feels his life is over and falls apart. Over time, he makes a kind of recovery, but always in the background he asks ‘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.
'A naturalistic coming-of-age story... sprinkled with strange images and written in a hauntingly mournful key' Guardian
'[Murakmi's] elegant, frugal prose creates a tale of courage and hope as Tsukuru tries to unlock the secrets of his past' Stylist
'Critics have variously likened Murakami to Raymond Carver, Raymond Chandler, Arthur C Clarke, Don DeLillo, Philip K Dick, Bret Easton Ellis and Thomas Pynchon - a roster so ill-assorted to suggest he is in fact an original' New York Times
'A rich and even brilliant piece of work... Genuinely resonant and satisfying' -- James Walton Spectator
'This is a book for both the new and experienced reader...[it] reveals another side of Murakami, one not so easy to pin down. Incurably restive, ambiguous and valiantly struggling toward a new level of maturation' -- Patti Smith New York Times
Publication date: 02/07/2015
Publication date: 12/08/2014
Publisher: Harvill Secker an imprint of Vintage
|Publication date:||2nd July 2015|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
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