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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“ Don't mind me , " she said . “ I didn't mean to cry . ” I held out a box of tissues to her . She quietly blew her nose , then brushed the hair from her cheek . “ Actually , I planned on being gone by the time you returned .
Turning all this over in my mind , I started to imagine another me somewhere , sitting in a bar , nursing a whiskey , without a care in the world . The more I thought about it , the more that other me became the real me , making this me ...
Even if I'd made up my mind to go down from the mountain , it would have been the same . I probably still would have come back up in the end . That's what weakness is . ” “ What did the sheep want of you ? ” “ Everything .
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - donhazelwood - LibraryThing
This book ... this book ... this book came at me like Kurt Vonnegut on Risperidone telling his version of Moby Dick. A great read - I don't quite know what Murakami was trying to say - but I throughly ... Read full review
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