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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“By sleeping with someone?” “Uh-huh.” It was my turn to think things over. “So tell me, has it helped you make sense of things?” “A little,” she said. From the winter through the summer I hardly saw her. The university was blockaded and ...
She would sit in some rock-music café all day long, drink cup after cup of coffee, chain-smoke, and leaf through books, waiting for someone to come along to foot her coffee and cigarette bills (no mean sum for us types in those days), ...
“I thought for a second there that maybe it wouldn't be so bad to get murdered by someone. Like when I'm sound asleep.” “I'm afraid I'm not the killer type.” “Oh?” “As far as I know.” She laughed. She put her cigarette out, ...
Outside, someone was watering down the street. Splash on the pavement, smell of wet asphalt. “Want some coffee?” No reply. So I got up and went over to grind coffee for two cups. It occurred to me after I ground the coffee that what ...
The second was a letter from someone I didn't want to think about, much less read a letter from. I crumpled them up and tossed them into the wastebasket, then nibbled on leftover cheese crackers. She cupped her hands around the coffee ...
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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