A Wild Sheep Chase: A Novel
A marvelous hybrid of mythology and mystery, A Wild Sheep Chase is the extraordinary literary thriller that launched Haruki Murakami’s international reputation.
It begins simply enough: A twenty-something advertising executive receives a postcard from a friend, and casually appropriates the image for an insurance company’s advertisement. What he doesn’t realize is that included in the pastoral scene is a mutant sheep with a star on its back, and in using this photo he has unwittingly captured the attention of a man in black who offers a menacing ultimatum: find the sheep or face dire consequences. Thus begins a surreal and elaborate quest that takes our hero from the urban haunts of Tokyo to the remote and snowy mountains of northern Japan, where he confronts not only the mythological sheep, but the confines of tradition and the demons deep within himself. Quirky and utterly captivating, A Wild Sheep Chase is Murakami at his astounding best.
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In the middle of my sofa - like seat was a chic push - button telephone , next to which were arranged a silver cigarette case , a lighter , an ashtray . Molded into the back of the driver's seat was a small folding desk .
She adjusted the laces of her mountain shoes , I sat back on the handrail and smoked a cigarette . Downstream , I could hear a waterfall . Not a very big waterfall from the sound of it . A playful breeze blew in from the left , sending ...
I went into the living room to smoke my morning cigarette . I had three packs of Larks left in my backpack . When those were gone , it'd be no smoking for me . I lit up a second cigarette and thought about what it'd be like without ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Aug3Zimm - LibraryThing
Intellectually interesting but not emotionally engaging. One thing I really enjoy about Murakami is how he portrays a sense of disconnectedness between people. That feeling was more prevalent in the ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - CharlotteBurt - LibraryThing
As you would expect from Murakami this is a strange tale, but a good read nonetheless. All about the search for a specific sheep with a star on its back. This has everything you would expect with a ... Read full review