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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“ Why stay in a hotel ? " J asked , wrinkling up his face as he handed me a matchbook . “ You've got a home , haven't you ? Why not stay there ? " “ It's not my home anymore , ” I said . J didn't say anything to that .
“ Unless we stay like this , we might get transported somewhere else . Someplace crazy . ... For the next hour and a half , from the beginning to the end of the film , we stayed in a state of quiet transport in the darkness .
“ Well then , ” I said after coffee , “ what say we settle on a place to stay ? " “ I've already got an image of a place , ” she said . “ Like what ? ” " Never mind . Get a list of hotels and read off the names in order .
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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