Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki: A Journey Towards Inner Peace


Some books are hard to forget because they touch you deeply and make you wonder, dream, and perhaps find peace. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage is one of those books.

Written by famous Japanese author Haruki Murakami, the book tells the story of Tsukuru, a young Japanese student who has four best friends, each of whom has a color in their name, except for him. The five remain inseparable until one day Tsukuru’s friends banish him from the group and he ends up alone and depressed. Tsukuru finds himself haunted by suicidal thoughts, which sheds light on the notoriously high suicide rates in Japan, especially among young people.

In this book, Murakami uses realism to portray the long journey of Tsukuru to find and claim himself, calling it the ‘years of pilgrimage.’ Over the years he struggles on the inside and this allows him to find meaning in the most amazing way when he falls in love with Sara and learns to fight for her.

The portrayal of the characters is very real and reflects the impact humans have on one another, especially at a young age. It also stresses on the importance of love and friendship and how easily we can find and lose them in the blink of an eye.

The events in the novel allow the reader to indulge in a variety of genres all at once, including psychology, romance, and suspense. Published in 2011, it soon became a bestseller in Japan, and later on it was translated to many languages, including English.

The most accurate description for this book would be that it is a pilgrimage; a long, hard, true journey to ourselves!

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