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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“Tell me, have you ever thought of killing me?” she asked. “You?” “Yeah.” “Why're you asking me such a thing?” Her cigarette still at her lips, she rubbed her eyelid with her fingertip. “No special reason.” “No, never,” I said. “Honest?
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 head.
... now that I thought about it. True, it wouldn't really help things, but it beat having that dying geranium staring at me. Besides, probably even 2.3 () ...
I doused the ashtray, thought more about her slip, then gave up and hit the sack. A month had passed since I agreed to the divorce and she moved out. A non-month. Unfocused and unfelt, a lukewarm protoplasm of a month.
In the beginning, she thought she was the one unfit for society and made me out to be the socially functioning one. In our respective roles, we got along relatively well. Yet no sooner had we thought we'd reached a lasting arrangement ...
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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