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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
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it was amazing
bookshelves: 2014_release_read, mainstream, read_2014, top_25_2014_novels, aq_more_favorites

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki... is a book that perfectly exemplified for me the notion of "magic of writing" which makes book reviewing or recommending so hard and subjective

I saw quite a few flaws (one glaring one regards a main "event" of the novel and how it was possible that the hero knew nothing about it for many years when any competent police force should have questioned him automatically) and there is so much hinted or promised that is never addressed (the death/color thingy is the most glaring one), the ending is unsatisfying to a large extent - way too open for my taste leaving the reader on an emotional plateau with no real resolution;

However I really, really loved this book and I rate it much higher than tons of other books with less flaws but less magic too; it just grabbed me and I couldn't put it down until the end, I really liked the main character and his inner struggles as well as the way the novel is structured time-wise; time will say how much lasting impression this will make, but for now the book magic trumps all the flaws for me

the blurb tells a lot about the premise and essentially all is about Tsukuru Tazaki, a well to do construction engineer of railway stations, from a wealthy family and who never had want of anything, but also never had any burning desire for anything in consequence until, well read to see what

Expelled brutally from his magical circle of high friends, and teetering on the brink of death for a few months at age 20, Tsukuru lives on and some 16 years later he finally will try and figure why that happened...

Flaws, short novel that with 100-200 extra pages and going into all the promised stuff that is touched upon and abandoned, could have been a masterpiece, but still magical writing at least for me, here and now...
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Reading Progress

January 27, 2014 – Shelved
January 27, 2014 – Shelved as: wanted_books
August 17, 2014 – Started Reading
August 18, 2014 – Shelved as: 2014_release_read
August 18, 2014 – Shelved as: mainstream
August 18, 2014 – Shelved as: read_2014
August 18, 2014 – Shelved as: top_25_2014_novels
August 18, 2014 – Finished Reading
November 20, 2019 – Shelved as: aq_more_favorites

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