Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki & His Years of Pilgrimage | Haruki Murakami

“We survived. You and I. And those who survive have a duty. Our duty is to do our best to keep on living. Even if our lives are not perfect.” 


  • Book: Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki & His Years of Pilgrimage
  • Series: –
  • Author: Haruki Murakami


Here he gives us the remarkable story of Tsukuru Tazaki, a young man haunted by a great loss; of dreams and nightmares that have unintended consequences for the world around us; and of a journey into the past that is necessary to mend the present. It is a story of love, friendship, and heartbreak for the ages.


“Life is long, and sometimes cruel. Sometimes victims are needed. Someone has to take on that role. And human bodies are fragile, easily damaged. Cut them, and they bleed.” 

I mean I get it. It’s about depression, life lessons. Forgiveness. Growing a pair. Intimacy issues and understanding where they came from. Finally asking the right questions. It’s a psychologists dream. I get it. It’s filled with knowledge and deeper meaning. I get it. But I’m just not there yet. I’m reading it to make myself feel smart but it’s just not my cup of tea.

It’s basically like a slice of life anime. He woke up, went to sleep. Woke up the next day went to work then went to sleep. But this time he had a dream. Woke up the next day and kept thinking about said dream. Bla bla. I’m just not getting it. My hearts not into it. And then comes all the bullshit about seeing color and passing on the baton of death…..sure. I don’t know. I’m not liking it. Or maybe
It’s not for me.

I mean I get it, I get the lessons that we’re supposed to learn. But it’s just so un-relatable, and I feel it’s the kind of book that you need to relate to in order to understand. It’s not something I see myself getting attached or addicted to. It took me a few hours just to read this book and truthfully it’s probably because it was flanked with a lot of description that I had to skip. I’m not in a position in my life to want or need his advice? Or maybe I’ve long outgrown the theme. Depression and loneliness are definitely things I’m accustomed to but I’ve managed to move myself away from them. So this just felt like nothing to me, dull and un-relatable. And truthfully, a little hard to believe. Who in their right mind would just accept a cruel and sudden decision like that. It just doesn’t make any sense to me. And the way his friends justified it was not acceptable at all. It was just completely unrealistic. I didn’t like it. It’s definitely not worth the read.

Murakami was hyped up greatly by my friends. Alas, he was not worth the hype. I have one more book of his that I bought along with this one so I’ll just have to read that. But I won’t be buying any of his work anytime soon.

Related Review:

Haruki Murakami: Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman

Final Rating:


“The human heart is like a night bird. Silently waiting for something, and when the time comes, it flies straight toward it.”


What did you think of this book, have you read anything similar to it? Or do you have any recommendations for me to try? Lets chat, don’t worry, I don’t bite. ^^

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