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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki by Haruki Murakami



Tsukuru Tazaki had four close-knit friends. He loved his four friends, loved the sense of belonging. "Like a young tree absorbing nutrition from the soil, Tsukuru got the sustenance he needed as an adolescent from this group, using it as necessary food to grow, storing what was left as an emergency heat source inside him." 

Like each side of an equilateral pentagon are essentially important and indispensable, so too were these five friends. They seemed to be inseparable and always did everything together as a group. 

Still he had a nagging fear that someday he would fall away from this intimate community, or be forced out and left on his own.

Then, that day came. 

The orderly, harmonious community shattered. Without any explanation whatsoever Tsukuru was shunned from ever contacting any of them again. Heartbroken and confused he moved on to pursue his dream of building railroad stations in Tokyo. But a part of him remained behind in Nagoya.

Tsukuru thought it was better to just forget about the truth. He felt that it was long time ago and it's all sunk with the past. 

But you can hide memories, but you can't erase the history that produced them. Sara, an intimate friend reminds him that you can't erase history or change it. It would be like destroying himself. 

And so, sixteen years after he left Nagoya, Tsukuru would return in an attempt to learn the truth and find the answers that have haunted him. Will he be able to come to terms with the truth? People after all are in constant motion, never stationary. Only time will tell. 

In a format that's an absolute joy to read, Haruki Murakami weaves a beautiful story of friendship and an inevitable journey into the past that's necessary to mend the present. It is a story that will both move you and haunt you.



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5 out of 5 Sukasa Stars
           
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki by Haruki Murakami is published by Doubleday Canada.

Review by
@ShilpaRaikar for @SukasaReads (a division of @SukasaStyle

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