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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—Chicago Tribune “Murakami captures a kind of isolation that is special in its beauty, and particular to our time. . . . His language speaks so directly to the mind that one remembers with gratitude what words are for.
It's not like you're thinking of some other girl when we're having sex. What difference would that make anyway? It's just that—” She stopped mid-sentence and slowly drew three straight lines on the ground. “Oh, I don't know.
“I can't believe it's that easy. I thought there'd be a lot more to it.” “People who don't know anything about it all think so, but it really is simple. Once it's over and done with.” Saying that, she went back to scratching the cat's ...
Such things happened often enough, so how could I think her leaving me was anything out of the ordinary? The long and the short of it was, it was up to her. “The long and short of it is, it's up to you,” I said.
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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