Dubray Books review:
Murakami's new novel sold over one million copies in its first month on sale in Japan. Entirely different to the three volume epic, 1Q84, Murakami leaves that format behind while retaining a touch of the existentialism I love in his writing. Tsukuru Tazaki leads a tedious, rather lonely life. Haunted by recurring thoughts of his first love, Shiro, he falls into an intense depression, reflecting upon the sudden dissolving of a group of friends of which he was a part in his formative years. It is not until Sara, a new love interest, enters his life that Tsukuru is prompted in reality to sort out the pieces of the puzzle of the lost friendship. I loved Murakami's new novel and was moved by the uplifting undertones that mingled with the darkness inherent in a depressed state. Well worth the wait.
Laura Molson, Dubray Books Rathmines
This is a mesmerising mystery story about friendship from the internationally bestselling author of Norwegian Wood and 1Q84. Tsukuru Tazaki had four best friends at school. By chance all of their names contained a colour. The two boys were called Akamatsu, meaning 'red pine', and Oumi, 'blue sea', while the girls' names were Shirane, 'white root', and Kurono, 'black field'. Tazaki was the only last name with no colour in it. One day Tsukuru Tazaki's friends announced that they didn't want to see him, or talk to him, ever again. Since that day Tsukuru has been floating through life, unable to form intimate connections with anyone. But then he meets Sara, who tells him that the time has come to find out what happened all those years ago.
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