Sarah asked:

What is your theory on the ending of this book?

Zach Branson They say in order for there to be a story, characters have to change. By the end of Colorless, how has Tsukuru Tazaki changed?

He is able to love, possibly for the first time. After his friends abandoned him, he essentially had trust issues: He could never fully invest himself in any relationship; there was always some kind of wall or weight that was holding him back. Now, after meeting with Kuro (Eri) in Finland, a great burden has been lifted. And now Tsukuru can have these relinquished, powerful feelings for Sara.

But just because the character changes, does that mean the world around him changes? Even if Tsukuru has "gotten over" his trust issues, this doesn't mean that people are never going to abandon him again. Someone probably will, at some point. Maybe even Sara will (we don't know). But, it seems like if Sara *does* reject Tsukuru, Tsukuru is going to have a "trust issue" relapse - he even says that he might *really* die if Sara rejects him.

So, in a way, to *really* see if Tsukuru changed, we would have to know how Tsukuru would react to Sara's rejection. And that's what Murakami wants to leave up to interpretation. After all this, has Tsukuru really changed? And even if he has, and if he can suddenly invest himself in others, does that mean he lives in a world where people won't abandon you?

Nope - not according to Murakami. Abandonment seems pretty inevitable in Murakami's world, and it all depends on how you handle it. If people (i.e., Kuro et. al) abandon you, will you be able to swim alone in that dark sea? If you're Tsukuru - barely (but you're super close to dying). And if you're Shiro, no - and you die because of it.
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Dan Shiro turns out not to be dead. Sara turns out to be Shiro O_o.
Kikyosan my theory is that the ending is not important.
Tsukuru has found a new balance, a peace after his troubles, and now he can live his life free from his hidden burdens. So, whatever next, it doesn't really matter. You, the reader, feel the same peace in the exact moment Tsukuru put the phone down without letting Sara answer. This new stability, this self-confidence is the ending. No need of knowing what's next.
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Tony Walsh I think Sara doesn't know what she wants, but she's clever enough to realize Tsukuru might be the real deal. When you've lived in Tokyo, you know people are a little disconnected from each other. So, if someone's got issues and a girl gives him a chance to sort them out then he's a catch. If she plays her cards right, she'll pick up a keeper. The other guy sounds like a sugar daddy that's keeping her going or a guy that she turns to from time to time. As well as financial, he might be the kind of guy that keeps her from one night stands. You have to consider women in Tokyo categorize men and can move on faster than the Nozomi Shinkansen. They don't have ego's like western women and can be a little heartless. That doesn't mean they don't care, what it means is they can adapt and move forward. Mind you, while all this is happening, the average guy will only be thinking about himself and how he's feeling. Remember, Tsukuru owns his own apartment and he's a well-education engineer in his late thirties, he can be a little picky. It's not up to her, he's already got her. It's up to him, how does he feel in the light of day after he's woken up and realized she's just another girl and her purpose was to help him out of a long term peer group issue.
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