Tsukuru is a much quieter story than 1Q84. It’s also a lot shorter! The editing and translation felt more succinct; either that, or I’m getting used to Murakami’s style.
Loneliness, depression, loss & insecurity are explored as Tsukuru comes to terms with who he is, his past and what this means for his future.
This is all very familiar territory for Murakami & it would seem that his fans, also, cannot get enough of these themes.
I think I’m one of those fans.
Tsukuru’s story has got under my skin. The visions of loneliness have struck a chord, the beautiful Liszt music has become a favourite.
I’m always fascinated by stories that explore how we see ourselves because it is often vastly different to how others experience us. Part of Tsukuru’s pilgrimage is coming to terms with these two different view of himself. But like real life, there are no clear revelations, no startling turning points & no significant overnight changes in behaviour or attitude.
At the end Tsukuru has more understanding and self-awareness, but he is still the same Tsukuru struggling with self-doubt, loneliness & identity.
I will be reading more Murakami; I’m very curious to see what came before.
What is Murakami’s personal pilgrimage with loneliness, depression, loss & belonging? Will he ever work it out? And do we even want him to?