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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The air was alive , even as everything seemed poised on the verge of collapse , waiting for a push . She and I would trade books , talk endlessly , drink cheap whiskey , engage in unremarkable sex . You know , the stuff of everyday .
You concentrate on waiting for someone and after a certain time it hardly matters what happens anymore . It could be five years or ten years or one month . It's all the same . ” I nodded . She drank half her orange juice .
... then set off down the gentle slope . At the next bend was a brand - new jeep . In front of the jeep , the Boss's black - suited secretary . 43 The Twelve - O'clock Rendezvous I have been waiting 290 HARUKI MURAKAMI.
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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