Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

The Misanthropologist

Last August 12, Haruki Murakami released his latest English-translated novel, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage.  I was one of the many who was looking forward to this novel, his first after the strange chunkster 1Q84.  Without knowing anything about it, I was intrigued by the new novel’s title – who was Tsukuru Tazaki and why was he colorless?  What did that even mean?  And “years of pilgrimage,” seems to be a strange phrase that doesn’t exactly sound right grammatically.  Put together, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage promised to be a strange novel full of invisible people perhaps (or at least one person), who time travel or else spends the rest of his days travelling to exotic places. With a title like that, the possibilities were endless – it IS a Murakami novel after all.

So imagine my disappointment when Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years…

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