Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

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.


A naturalistic coming-of-age story… sprinkled with strange images and written in a hauntingly mournful key

- Guardian

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[Murakmi’s] elegant, frugal prose creates a tale of courage and hope as Tsukuru tries to unlock the secrets of his past

- Stylist

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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

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A rich and even brilliant piece of work… Genuinely resonant and satisfying

- James Walton - Spectator

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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

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Murakami’s prose seamlessly fuses folksiness and profundity… A harmonious blend of naivety and riddling sophistication

- Boyd Tonkin - Independent

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Neat, economical, even minimalist... surprisingly painful and poignant

- Literary Review

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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

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Delicately crafted masterpiece

- The List

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Remarkable… Spellbinding… [Murakami] is ever alert to minds and hearts…and to humanity’s abiding and indomitable spirit

- Marie Arana - Washington Post

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This may be a radical change in style for the author, but not in quality

- Grazia

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A book for both the new and experienced Murakami reader… There are moments of epiphany gracefully expressed… Reveals another side of Murakami

- Patti Smith - Scotsman

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A fascinating exploration of who we are [and] the delusions necessary to navigate the world around us

- Irish Independent

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A wonderfully imaginative and intimate book

- Viv Groskop - Red

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Infused with emotional generosity and the spirit of forgiveness

- Ruth Scurr - Times Literary Supplement

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