On the way to Nashville to pick up my wife at the airport, I stopped in the independent bookstore, Parnassus Books and picked this up last Saturday. I have only read one Murakami book, 1Q84, and found it wonderful. Colorless Tsukuri Tazaki intrigued me because of the closeness of the five friends in high school. I had a similar situation, having three other guy friends who I grew up with playing tennis and have stayed friends throughout our lives, even though I don’t talk to them as much as I would like.
This book does not have that many twists and turns but the character development is exquisite and it really makes you consider what is required to have close friendships and to keep them going. These characters in the book made an investment in each other and yet they could not see what others saw in them, strengths and even weaknesses. Murakami does a great job in exploring these weaknesses and in Tazaki’s case, having the courage to address these weaknesses bit by bit.
I am not a big fiction reader, but I must say that this book was very thought-provoking and in my opinion, is a must read for those that are interested in relationships and their fragility.
I have included an audio book excerpt for you to get a feel for the book: