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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
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it was ok
bookshelves: read-in-2015, owned-ebook

CW: Plot revolves around a false rape accusation.

This is... not Murakami's strongest work. It's sort of a rehash of a lot of his common themes, in a rather muddy story that leaves things unresolved (I mean... more unresolved than usual). The main crux of the plot left me cold, and there was a bit much of the "females are magic" trope (whether it was the vibrant, otherworldly energy of young women or the comfortable, intuitive wisdom of older women).

There are things I liked about it, but mostly they felt like pale shadows of prior Murakami works, most particularly 1Q84 (the erotic dream/nightmare thing) and Norwegian Wood (adolescent friendships/romances, nostalgia, loss).

The writing in general also seemed a bit more uninspired than usual. I think this book had a different translator than his prior novels, so I don't know whether that's true of the original version or could be due to the translation.

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Reading Progress

Started Reading
February 22, 2015 – Shelved
February 22, 2015 – Shelved as: read-in-2015
February 22, 2015 – Finished Reading
August 28, 2018 – Shelved as: owned-ebook

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