A Wild Sheep Chase: A Novel
Quirky and utterly captivating, A Wild Sheep Chase is Murakami at his astounding best.
An advertising executive receives a postcard from a friend and casually appropriates the image for an advertisement. What he doesn’t realize is that included in the 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 who offers a menacing ultimatum: find the sheep or face dire consequences. Thus begins a surreal and elaborate quest that takes readers from Tokyo to the remote mountains of northern Japan, where the unnamed protagonist has a surprising confrontation with his demons.
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No stationmaster, no clock, no timetable, no nothing—so went the dream. I still remember that eerie afternoon. The twenty-fifth of November. Gingko leaves brought down by heavy rains had turned the footpaths into dry riverbeds of gold.
I turned on the heater and checked the clock. Two in the morning. A startlingly white moon shone in the middle of the sky. I waited for her to stop crying before putting the kettle on for tea. One teabag for the both of us.
Iglanced at the burning tip of the cigarette in my mouth. “How did this acquaintance die?” “Hit by a truck. Thirteen bones fractured.” “Female?” “Uh-huh.” The seven o'clock news and traffic report came to A Wild Sheep Chase I9.
The seven o'clock news and traffic report came to an end, and light rock returned to the airwaves. She set her coffee back down and looked me in the face. “Tell me, if I died, would you go out drinking like that?
Some things are forgotten, some things disappear, some things die. But all in all, this was hardly what you could call a tragedy. July 24, 8:25 A.M. I checked the numerals of the digital clock, closed my eyes, and fell asleep.
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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