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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Before us was a vast lake of a pasture . Posts set at five - yard intervals surrounded the pasture . Wire connecting them , old , rusty wire . We had , it seemed , found our way to the sheep pasture . I pushed open the well - worn ...
The morning air of the pasture turned steadily cooler . Day by day , the bright golden leaves of the birches turned more spotted as the first winds of winter slipped between the withered branches and across the highlands toward the ...
Most of the afternoons I would pass looking out at the pasture . I soon began seeing things . A figure emerging from the birch woods and running straight in my direction . Usually it was the Sheep Man , but sometimes it was the Rat ...
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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