Sunday Morning! “Colorless Tsukuru Tzaki and his Years of Pilgrimage” by Haruki Murakami and R.I.P. Kim Shattuck

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Rufus F.

Rufus is an American curmudgeon in Canada. He has a PhD in History, sings in a garage rock band, and does a bunch of other stuff.

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  1. Avatar Aaron David
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    Colorless… is one of Murakami’s second-tier novels. At least, that is how I think of them. He has the big, mind-busters such as Windup Bird or Hardboiled Wonderland, and then he will come out with smaller, more personal novels such as Sputnik Sweetheart, West of the Sun… or Colorless. Not that they are of any lesser quality, just that they operate on a different level. Then again, he will write something like Norwegian Wood and there is simply no comparison. I ran a book club on this site for that novel, and it was one of the best literary explorations I have ever had.Report

    • Avatar Rufus F. in reply to Aaron David
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      Man, I loved Sputnik Sweetheart too! I just started reading him last year after hearing about him in a Patti Smith book. I’ll go back and find those posts when I get to Norwegian Wood. I actually need to track down a copy of that book- none of the libraries here seem to have it.Report

      • Avatar Aaron David in reply to Rufus F.
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        A lifetime ago, when I first started in the book world, one of my co-workers was really into him. This was about ’92-’93 and I was all about Hammett and Chandler. It took me a few years, but I started with Hardboiled Wonderland and still consider it to be one of the best books I have ever read. In my opinion, he is one of the greatest authors living.

        Oh, I forgot to mention, but I love that he doesn’t resolve everything. Those loose ends are, in my eyes, essential to the experience of reading him.Report

  2. Avatar Andrew Donaldson
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    I so enjoy these every Sunday and yet another work I’ve never heard of that will be added to the Amazon list. Thank you Rufus.Report

  3. Avatar Saul Degraw
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    I enjoyed Colors Tsuku but it wasn’t as memorable as other Murakami books for me.Report

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