Wind in the Birch Trees: Review of Haruki Murakami's Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage --- Steven Axelrod | Numéro Cinq
Do the auras the pianist sees really exist? Does embracing death really render them visible? Are the dark forest elves real that pursued Shira real or metaphorical? Did Tsukuru actually attack Shira in some somnambulistic fugue state? Did he have sex with his friend Haida, or merely dream it? The author leaves these mysteries unresolved, like the tragic events of Shira’s life and death. But their presence deepens and invigorates the most straightforward and open-hearted book Haruki Murakami has ever written.
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