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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.” 

Breakdown:

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

Synopsis:

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.

REVIEW + SPOILER ALERT:

“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.”

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The Julian Chapter | R.J. Palacio

“I do not like to dwell on the past. Life is ahead of us. If we spend too much time looking backward, we can’t see where we are going!”

“One mistake does not define you.”

Breakdown:

  • Book: The Julian Chapter
  • Series: Wonder #1.5
  • Author: R.J. Palacio

Synopsis:

From the very first day Auggie and Julian met in the pages of the #1 New York Times bestseller Wonder, it was clear they were never going to be friends, with Julian treating Auggie like he had the plague. And while Wonder told Auggie’s story through six different viewpoints, Julian’s perspective was never shared.
Until now. The Julian Chapter will finally reveal the bully’s side of the story. Why is Julian so unkind to Auggie? And does he have a chance for redemption?

REVIEW + SPOILERS AHEAD:

I hadn’t intended to write a whole post for this ebook but since I went on quite a bit in the Wonder book review, it would’ve been too long to add both.

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”

I’m glad that Julian got his own “chapter.” Reading from the perspective of the bully was very educational. Everyone always has a story, a reason for behaving the way they do. Julian was no different. Obviously his reasons for doing so doesn’t excuse his actions but they make us understand it, even if just for a little bit.

Just like the book before it, Julian’s Chapter is filled with teachable moments. It shows us the flawed human nature and the blind love of parents that sometimes end up causing too much trouble. For reasons that are oblivious to us, but strong and important enough for them.

“That’s the thing about being scared, though. You can’t control it. When you’re scared, you’re scared. And when you’re scared, everything seems scarier than it ordinarily would be—even things that aren’t. Everything that scares you kind of mushes together to become this big, terrifying feeling. It’s like you’re covered in this blanket of fear,”

Even though I still don’t like Julian or his parents. Especially his parents. I still think this book should be read along with Wonder.

Main Book: Wonder


Final Rating:

““Life is ahead of us. If we spend too much time looking backward, we can’t see where we are going!”

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Wonder | R.J. Palacio

“MR. BROWNE’S SEPTEMBER PRECEPT:”

“When given the choice between being Right or being Kind, choose Kind.”

Breakdown:

Synopsis:

I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.”

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?

REVIEW + SPOILERS AHEAD:

Auggie is such a sweetheart. I wish if I can just scoop him up and shower him with hugs and kisses. He is funny, kind and incredibly smart. Especially for a kid who has been homeschooled all his life. His mom did a good job teaching him all those years, so props for her being an awesome Super Mom.

It took me less than a day to finish this beautiful creation. I went into it expecting heart ache, sadness and anger to the world for August, but I didn’t. Instead, I felt happy for him. Life may have been cruel to him by giving him that condition but it gave him something else in return. In Justin’s words, (Olivia’s boyfriend, who is Auggie’s sister) he explains it, “no, no, it’s not all random, if it really was all random, the universe would abandon us completely. and the universe doesn’t. it takes care of its most fragile creations in ways we can’t see. like with parents who adore you blindly. and a big sister who feels guilty for being human over you. and a little gravelly-voiced kid whose friends have left him over you. and even a pink-haired girl who carries your picture in her wallet. maybe it is a lottery, but the universe makes it all even out in the end. the universe takes care of all its birds.” 

This book is filled with beautiful gems like this one. It was written with the intention of teaching valuable lessons, the most prominent one of all is Kindness. Something I must admit, the entire world seems to have lost.  This is the kind of book that you walk out of, changed, grown and different. At the very least, you walk out of it with a different view on the world, you walk out of it thinking.

“It’s like people you see sometimes, and you can’t imagine what it would be like to be that person, whether it’s somebody in a wheelchair or somebody who can’t talk. Only, I know that I’m that person to other people, maybe to every single person in that whole auditorium. 
To me, though, I’m just me. An ordinary kid.”

Not only does it show the world from August’s view but it also sheds the light on the people surrounding him. We get to live through the point of view of his friends, his sister and the different bystanders that have crossed paths with August. It shows us how their lives have also been affected by August and how they each struggle or grow from it in their own way. Which is makes this book all the more relatable to the readers.

Novella: The Julian Chapter


Final Rating:

“AUGUST PULLMAN’S PRECEPT-“
“Everyone deserves a standing ovation because we all overcometh the world. –Auggie”

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