*** Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki by Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami is, of course, the author of 1Q84, the only book so far that earned 4 stars on this blog. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage is nowhere near as inventive and beguiling, but Tsukuru is a haunting anti-hero, mysteriously rejected by his close childhood friends and living a life of loneliness and quiet despair, with only a pushy may-be girlfriend by his side. Her only endearing trait is that she pushes him to find out what happened to the lost friendship, and the story of re-discovery will illuminate his whole life (and take him to Finland, a particularly lovely part of the story).

The fragile and returning hero will stay with you for a long time.

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