The story line is simple, yet elegant. a great introduction to Haruki. Way better than his last novel 1Q84. Way less repetition and unnecessary details.
Color and music are very important aspects and elements in this book. The title derives from a work of music by Liszt and the characters and secondary characters are named after colors.
It is a sort of linear novel. Narrating the year of Tazaki pilgrimage between the past.. of what happened or did not happen 16 years ago and the now.. the fears and hopes. the expectations and doubts that plague the mind of the main character.