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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I turn a corner , ” I offered , “ just as someone ahead of me turns the next corner . I
can't see what that person looks like . All I can make out is a flash of white
coattails . But the whiteness of the coattails is indelibly etched in my
Snow like flakes of someone else's brains . And it'll pile up deeper and deeper
like someone else's brains too . ( What is this bullshit all about anyway ? ) Other
than the cold , though , I'm doing fine . How about you ? I won't tell you my
Someone would hand someone papers , someone would stamp these , then
another someone would stuff them into an envelope and rush out the door .
During the lunch break , a big - breasted secretary poured tea for everyone .
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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