Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Reviews of the English Translation of Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki Appearing One After Another

With the release date of the English-language Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki approaching fast, reviews started appearing one after another.

The New York Times Sunday Book Review published a piece by Patti Smith titled "Deep Chords," where she says that "readers wait for his [Murakami's] work the way past generations lined up at record stores for new albums by the Beatles or Bob Dylan" and talks about the "Murakami effect." Smith says that "the book reveals another side of Murakami, one not so easy to pin down. Incurably restive, ambiguous and valiantly struggling toward a new level of maturation. A shedding of Murakami skin."

To read the review go to: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/10/books/review/haruki-murakamis-colorless-tsukuru-tazaki-and-his-years-of-pilgrimage.html?_r=1

The Independent published a review of the novel on Friday, August 3. The reviewer, Boyd Tonkin, writes: "Set alongside the parallel-universe dystopian extravaganza of 1Q84, this novel feels as modestly functional as the commuter stations its hero builds." He also refers to "this author's signature tune, an almost child-like naivety harmonised with riddling sophistication, sounds throughout."

To read the review go to: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/reviews/colorless-tsukuru-tazaki-and-his-years-of-pilgrimage-by-haruki-murakami-trans-philip-gabriel-book-review-9640245.html

Financial Times

There is also a David Pilling review in the Financial Times of August 1st. Pilling calls the plot "simplicity itself" and says that the novel is not his favorite among Murakami's books (he likes Hard-Boiled Wonderland), but adds that it is "one of his most coherent and, in its tight and tidy way, one of the most satisfying."

To read the review go to: http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/6928beac-1643-11e4-8210-00144feabdc0.html#axzz39XGcJ9ir

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