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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I stopped into a liquor store , bought two cans of beer , and carried them in a paper bag down to the sea . Where the river met the sea , it turned into an inlet , or rather into a half - filled - in canal . Here was the only untouched ...
The snow had stopped , but thick clouds still covered the sky . No light anywhere . For a long time , I lay buried in the sofa , fingers in my mouth . I couldn't see my hand . The heater was off , so the room was cold .
The Rat stopped speaking , and everything was still , except for the ticking of the clock . The snow absorbed all other sound . We were like two castaways in outer space . “ What if ... " “ Stop it , ” the Rat cut me short .
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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