★ ★ ★ ★ ★
My favourite Murakami read, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage follows the titled character's journey through relationships and self-discovery during a period of grief after he is neglected by his friendship group and struggles to understand why.
I am such a fan of Murakami's writing. It is poetic and flows delicately, but with a contrasting grittiness that makes for a much darker and sophisticated read - a pattern I find in a lot of Asian Literature.
I didn't want to put this book down, and was able to delve into the character's thoughts and emotions, feeling an empathy towards him. Without spoiling the book, the ending was so incredibly frustrating, and I found myself trawling review websites to find out what everyone else thought. I don't necessarily think the frustrating ending was a bad thing, and it made me appreciate this novel even more. Anyone looking for a book club read -- this is a great one for discussion!
It is important to note that despite its beauty, this is quite an uncomfortable, melancholic read and needs a trigger-warning for anyone sensitive to the topic of rape.
Overall, I am a great fan of any book that is beautifully written, increases my heart-rate and leaves me thinking about it weeks later and Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki ticked all of those boxes.