A Wild Sheep Chase
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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“ In 1934 , the Sheep Professor was called back to Tokyo and was introduced to a young army officer . For the big , imminent North China campaign , the Sheep Professor was asked to establish a self - sufficiency program based on sheep .
The Sheep Professor is ordered home to Japan . After undergoing numerous similar interrogations , he is transferred in the spring to the Ministry Reference Collection . There he catalogues reference materials and organizes bookshelves .
“ Leave it , ” said the Sheep Professor . The sound of the tray being set on the floor was followed by the echo of receding footsteps . My girlfriend opened the door and brought the meal tray over to the Sheep Professor's desk .
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - donhazelwood - LibraryThing
This book ... this book ... this book came at me like Kurt Vonnegut on Risperidone telling his version of Moby Dick. A great read - I don't quite know what Murakami was trying to say - but I throughly ... Read full review
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