It's been a while since I read a book by Haruki Murakami. To be honest, I'm not a Haruki fan. However, I enjoyed reading 1Q84 when I was in high school. Still, I happened to read another Haruki book. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and the Year of His Pilgrimageis.
In this book, Tsukuru, the main character, was always best friends with the five of us, including myself, when we were in school. The five were so close that they said they made each other perfect. Then, Tsukuru moves to Tokyo because of university. A shocking thing happens to Tsukuru and the main character almost dies, but he endures the pain after a certain amount of time.
Of course, in the process, your former self almost disappears, and a big change comes to you that you cannot recognize at first glance. And the woman who listened to him while burying that pain deep in her heart and living a normal life must meet her friends because she felt something intuition. And Tsukuru's journey begins.
If you look at the simple story above, it looks like the growth of the main character, but when you actually read it, it's not so. In fact, there are many characters whose names have colors in this book, but in fact, they are not emphasized very much. The main character is just me, my name has no color... I am colorless and odorless as if I have no color... That's just about it. Well, it just seems to add a bit of seasoning to the development.
It's probably an element that comes out of novels these days, but most of the characters have two sides. Of course, not all of these things were desired. First of all, the main character seemed to be colorless and odorless, but in fact, it was excellent enough, and although he secretly longs for a woman, the homosexual part comes out more than expected. And the main character's friends also have different appearances inside of them. Almost woven, all the characters have two sides. However, this doesn't seem to have a huge impact on the development of the book as I expected.
I don't know if I'm misunderstanding the meaning of the word pilgrimage, but when I say pilgrimage, something grandiose comes to mind. If you look at the Naver dictionary, it is not necessarily a religious pilgrimage. However, the overall book is so calm that, frankly, if it wasn't for the title, I would not have thought that the main character's act was a pilgrimage.
The book develops as if there is something going on at the beginning, but in the end it's too quiet and it's just calm and it's over. The 1Q84 I read before was still quite dramatic, mysterious, and overall interesting. Of course, it was interesting that the pages turned so smoothly...but it ended up like that, so it was a bit of a disappointing novel. Like the name Tsukuru Tazaki without color and the year he went on a pilgrimage, even the book has lost its color...