First Sentence: From July of his sophomore year in college until the following January, all Tsukuru Tazaki could think about was dying.
Back of the book:
Tsukuru Tazaki had four best friends at school. By chance all of their names contained a colour. The two boys were called Akamatsu, meaning ‘red pine’, and Oumi, ‘blue sea’, while the girls’ names were Shirane, ‘white root’, and Kurono, ‘black field’. Tazaki was the only last name with no colour in it.
One day Tsukuru Tazaki’s friends announced that they didn’t want to see him, or talk to him, ever again.
Since that day Tsukuru has been floating through life, unable to form intimate connections with anyone. But then he meets Sara, who tells him that the time has come to find out what happened all those years ago.
Quote from the book:
Jealousy – at least as far as he understood it from his dream – was the most hopeless prison in the world.
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Last Sentence: All that remained was the sound of the wind slipping through a stand of white birch trees.