What will a person do when his friends, whom he values as his world ditch him for unknown reasons? This novel is about "Tsukuru Tazaki" a regular Japanese kid, who returns to his home to find that his friends don't want him back. He realizes that something has changed, but his friends won't tell him what it is. This tragic rejection casts a shadow over his life.
When Tsukuru Tazaki was in high school, he had a close group of friends who swore to be together forever. They had so much in common with each other except Tsukuru. For instance, all their family names had a colour in them; Akamatsu "red pine", Oumi "blue sea", Shirane "white root" and Kurono "black field". All his friends were getting the best grades except him. But none of this seemed to bother the other four of them, he could see that they loved it when all five of them got together.
Years later, Tsukuru becomes a successful engineer. One day he confesses this mysterious betrayal to his girlfriend. She is convinced that something is wrong and asks him to find his friends to find out the reason for their breakup. He tracks down his friends and ask them the reason for their betrayal. What follows is a series of emotional responses and sufferings which the group had to endure to be a true friend by breaking up their friendship.
"A rich and even brilliant piece of work... Genuinely resonant and satisfying" - James Walton - Spectator.
"Murakami's prose seamlessly fuses folksiness and profundity... A harmonious blend of naivety and riddling sophistication" - Boyd Tonkin - Independent
About the Author
Haruki Murakami is a Japanese writer whose work has been translated into 50 languages. He received various awards such as "World Fantasy Award", "Jerusalem Prize" and "Franz Kafka Prize". He is praised by Steven Poole of 'The Guardian' as "among the world's greatest living novelists".
Author: Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel (Translator)
Publisher: Random House
ISBN 10: 1846558336
ISBN 13: 9781846558337