Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami is known to strike up quite a fervor among his fans with each new release. His latest novel to reach American shores, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage has been no different, and our reviewer, Megan Fishmann, affirms that this sorrow-steeped novel was worth the wait.
Tsukuru Tazaki had a group of four loyal, close-knit friends in high school . . . until the day they unceremoniously cut off all contact with him.
Now in his mid-30s, Tsukuru works as a train engineer in Tokyo, but his new girlfriend spurs him on a journey to discover just exactly why this rift was opened so many years ago. Tsukuru sets off on a pilgrimage—covering Japan and then reaching into Finland—to visit each friend individually and find the closure he has longed for.
Watch the gorgeous animated trailer from Knopf below:
What do you think, readers? Have you picked up a copy yet?
George Orwell's 1984 gets a powerful nod in Haruki Murakami's 1Q84, our Well Read column pick for November. The story unfolds in 1984 Tokyo, where the lives of two young Japanese converge in a strange parallel world.
Columnist Robert Weibezahl writes, "1Q84 unfolds as a science-fiction thriller, and despite the pointed Orwellian reference, it is closer in spirit to the work of Philip K. Dick. Fantastic elements seamlessly integrate with the mundane to create a world much like, if not quite like, our own. . . Pulp fiction, indeed, but on a grand scale—as ambitious, quirky and imaginative as only Murakami can be."
The book trailer gives you a peek into Murakami's world:
1Q84 was a runaway bestseller in Japan. It comes out in the United States today! Is it on your list?