A Wild Sheep Chase

A Wild Sheep Chase

Book - 2002 | 1st Vintage international ed
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A wild sheep chase is one of Murakami's most fantastical novels. An advertising executive, infatuated with a girl who possesses the most perfect ears (an erotic charge for him) is sent on a search for a sheep with a star on its back. This catapults him into a weird adventure to find the mythical sheep up in the wilds of Hokkaido, Japan's northern island. There are strange encounters, a hotel with an extra disappearing floor, and other oddities. A wild sheep chase is an early Murakami work, but its remarkable and individual voice makes it one of the most compelling and humorous of his books.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2002
Edition: 1st Vintage international ed
ISBN: 037571894X (trade paper)
Branch Call Number: FIC MURAKAMI
Characteristics: 353 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Birnbaum, Alfred


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Aug 14, 2017

Let the surreality of Murkami's narrative wash over you - a powerful deep state coalition, a mutant sheep which chooses human hosts, the sexiness of ears, a harsh but pastoral mountain landscape, even counting sheep as a prelude to dreaming. And then, the Sheep Man Cometh! As with the other books in the "Trilogy of the Rat," the joy of the story itself drives the sparkle of the prose.

Apr 26, 2016

I love the surrealism in Murakami's works. They always intrigue me. Such a strange yet interesting read.

LPL_DirectorBrad Oct 30, 2015

I'm shocked that no one has bothered to comment on this book. Great early Murakami here. Definitely one to check out.

Jun 24, 2015

Don't spend too much time trying to make sense of it all. Enjoy the ride! This comes from someone who started with "What I Talk About When I Talk About Running".

Nov 12, 2014

One of Murakami's more bizarre books but definitely worth diving into.

Aug 02, 2012

His trademark blend of reality and fantasy, this time with a fairly comprehensible mystery to pull you along. Possibly my favorite.

Jul 23, 2012

This was the 6th Murakami book that I've read, and it felt a little like Murakami by the numbers. Granted, it was one of his earlier ones, so I can't accuse him of repeating himself in this book. I wasn't as engrossed with this as I was with others like The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle.

Oct 15, 2011

It's exactly as titled: a very strange and very weird journey in search of a special sheep. I can't say I understood everything that happened, but the eerie atmosphere of the story was oddly spellbinding.

Aug 08, 2011

Very funny satire. I can understand why the author had to leave Japan for a while!

daymakerdave Feb 15, 2011

After reading Dance, Dance, Dance, I was blown away by Murakami's writing and went on a rampage to read everything I could find by the author. This was the second book I read by him and I loved it every bit as much as I enjoyed the first!


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Oct 15, 2011

"Can you imagine what it's like to be left with a solitary thought when its embodiment has been pulled out from underneath you, roots and all?" asked the Professor.


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