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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2 Sixteen Steps I waited for the compressed - air hiss of the elevator doors shutting behind me before closing my eyes . Then , gathering up the pieces of my mind , I started off on the sixteen steps down the hall to my apartment door .
He didn't seem to be sizing me up , nor did his eyes betray any disdain , nor was his a pointed stare to bore right through me . Neither cool nor hot , not even in the mid - range . That gaze held no hint of any emotion known to me .
The two eyes that peered through the mask darted restlessly around the room . When the Sheep Man finished his whiskey , he seemed more at ease . He put out his cigarette and with both hands rubbed his eyes under his mask .
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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