The Anticipation is Killing Me, Part 1

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki
I don’t think I can wait until August 12th for this one to make its appearance. There is something so magical about a huge book launch and this one is huge. Murakami’s fan following is huge. I am trying to be patient but August can’t get here soon enough.

Haruki Murakami

He’s cool, without trying to be cool. Look at him standing there, all innocent. He probably has no idea how crazy I am waiting for this book to hit the shelves. Heck, you can’t even read much about it yet. The only synopsis I’ve seen, mentioned old high school friends and how friendships became severed in college. Tsukuru, now in his 30’s, goes back to find those friends to figure out where they went wrong.

Simple enough plot, but I’m sure there are cats, ear talk, buckets of ennui, lots of eating, drinking of beer and exercise, not to mention strange sexual encounters and prostitutes.

I’m thinking about hosting a read-along for it. The totally unstructured, fun kind. Where you read at your own pace but we chat about it like crazy people. Still thinking about it. I tend to think new books are not good read-along material because most of the time, especially for a highly anticipated read, people just want to dive in and READ and not worry about deadlines, etc. I get that. Plus, I am still learning how to say the title. That is one long title.

This is just one of three books that I am seriously having a heart attack over. Those who know me probably know what the other two are.

13 thoughts on “The Anticipation is Killing Me, Part 1”

  1. I am so with you on this book! I can’t wait for it!!! Seems like it is taking forever for August to get here. And I get so jealous every time I read that it has been translated and released in a new country – what about us?! I’m definitely with you if you host a read-along, but can definitely understand why you are hesitant. This is sort of book that I will probably dive into or wait to read. That’s why I figure if you host a read-along I will dive into it immediately. I bed he does know how crazy people are over this book, but he acts cool about it. How can he not know? Anyhow, I love how you titled this pt. 1 – makes me look forward to pt. 2 🙂

    1. With Murakami, I tend to like his paperback covers better than the hardbacks, so I am then left wondering what to buy. Kindle version right when it comes out, and then PB copy later? Hardback now. PB later? I am trying to have a shelf full of his novels but the publishers keep coming out with different covers so my shelf looks spotty. 


  2. I’d be in for a readalong if you decide to – had so much fun reading Murakami with you before!

  3. I KNOW I KNOW I KNOW!!!! I’m super excited for this book, so much so I can’t describe my anticipation. I’ve been reading his bibliography just to tide me over until its release. The wait makes me itch with impatience.

    “Colorless Tsukuru” as far as I’ve read, did exceedingly well in Japan, explosively even. I hope he’ll do a book tour or talk series; I’d love to go hear him like I did once with Rushdie.

    PLEASE do a read-a-long; that would be so much fun and it would be wonderful to discuss this epic with other readers and Murakami fans. Please. 😀

    1. I’ll let you know if I go ahead with the read-along idea. I think if I do, it’s going to be just a few of us.  I am just so darn excited about it. 


  4. Reblogged this on The Literarium and commented:
    Awesome Ti beat me to it! Murakami has a new book coming out in early August of this year: Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage. I can’t wait for it! I will probably post more on this later, but please check out Ti’s post on this highly anticipated novel from the master of Postmodernism.

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