A Wild Sheep Chase
As with many of Haruki Murakami's novels, the plot curdles with complex diversity only to be resolved by a collision between wild fantasy and outright slapstick. A Wild Sheep Chase refers aptly to the tradition of cool but kitsch detective sagas. Except here, the metaphoric goose is now a literal... show more
As with many of Haruki Murakami's novels, the plot curdles with complex diversity only to be resolved by a collision between wild fantasy and outright slapstick. A Wild Sheep Chase refers aptly to the tradition of cool but kitsch detective sagas. Except here, the metaphoric goose is now a literal sheep with a distinctive marking; an urban myth with the promise of immortality.The anonymous narrator is a mild-mannered thirtysomething with a more than understanding attitude--things happen because they are supposed to and there's no sense standing in the way of progress or nature. It takes the disappearance of a friend and some gentle intimidation from a right wing conglomerate to break the pattern of apathy and send him off on his adventure.Murakami's detail of the most mundane situations makes his lead character endearing. Those who've read Murakami before will recognise that certain empathy for the strange thoughts and rituals that are now hallmarks of his wry humour. Although an unlikely hero, the quest for a missing friend and the support of a lover with mysterious ears takes him off in search of the elusive sheep in a bizarre adventure--danger and absurdity hindering every movement. --David Trueman
Publish date: July 1st 2006
Publisher: Naxos Audiobooks
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, Asian Literature
, Magical Realism
, Japanese Literature
Series: Trilogy of the Rat (#3)
I'm going to keep this as short as possible. Hell, I'm not even sure if I'd call it a review, other than the fact that it does have my rating for it. Murakami isn't the easiest author to review. You're thrown into strange journeys and you're never quite sure if you understand it all--yet you have on...
You can definitely tell this is early Murakami, but it was still great. I'm sitting here with postpartum book depression, wondering what I'm going to do when I run out of Murakami books to read.
Murakami's books are very hard for me to review/write about. Before I sat down to write this, I went back to look at my reviews for the other works I've read by him. They weren't helpful in the least. Two of the reviews were extremely brief and for the other book, it appears that I just left a star ...
I can't beat Joel's picture review. Go look at his review instead of mine.This was Murakami's first novel published in English, and it's got everything I like about his work - and most of what he was become known for: the dissociated, disaffected characters, the portrayal of contemporary Japanese cu...
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