A Wild Sheep Chase

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 somethi

  • Title: A Wild Sheep Chase
  • Author: Haruki Murakami Alfred Birnbaum
  • ISBN: 9780375718946
  • Page: 459
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 incA 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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  • Haruki Murakami Alfred Birnbaum

    Murakami Haruki Japanese is a popular contemporary Japanese writer and translator His work has been described as easily accessible, yet profoundly complex He can be located on Facebook at facebook harukimurakaSince childhood, Murakami has been heavily influenced by Western culture, particularly Western music and literature He grew up reading a range of works by American writers, such as Kurt Vonnegut and Richard Brautigan, and he is often distinguished from other Japanese writers by his Western influences.Murakami studied drama at Waseda University in Tokyo, where he met his wife, Yoko His first job was at a record store, which is where one of his main characters, Toru Watanabe in Norwegian Wood, works Shortly before finishing his studies, Murakami opened the coffeehouse Peter Cat which was a jazz bar in the evening in Kokubunji, Tokyo with his wife.Many of his novels have themes and titles that invoke classical music, such as the three books making up The Wind Up Bird Chronicle The Thieving Magpie after Rossini s opera , Bird as Prophet after a piano piece by Robert Schumann usually known in English as The Prophet Bird , and The Bird Catcher a character in Mozart s opera The Magic Flute Some of his novels take their titles from songs Dance, Dance, Dance after The Dells song, although it is widely thought it was titled after the Beach Boys tune , Norwegian Wood after The Beatles song and South of the Border, West of the Sun the first part being the title of a song by Nat King Cole.


  • Reading Murakami is like experiencing someone else's dream. Trying to review Murakami is like trying to remember your own -- scattered events, confusing narrative lapses, inexplicable elements, petrified whale penises. A series of images: And then you wake up. And wonder what that was all about.

  • A Wild Sheep Chase was the third book that I have read by Murakami. I found out after I finished that it is that third book in "The Trilogy of the Rat". The first two books in this series are now out of print, but after reading A Wild Sheep Chase, I think I have to chase down some used copies of the novels and experience the trilogy in full.I interpreted the novel to be a story of emotion journey more than a story of physical journey. There was an actual journey involved as the main character we [...]

  • 'A Wild Sheep Chase' is a trippy tale with a mix of detective story, myth, fantasy and philosophy. Though it can be enjoyed simply as a fable at its face-value, just a little thought reveals a multi-layered allegory. On one hand, "the sheep" could signify post-war Japan itself. At the same time, the protagonist's sheep chase also ends up being a search for his own identity, his emotions and meaning of his existence. It is as much a physical journey as a spiritual journey. There are also several [...]

  • A play on the old saying ‘a wild goose chase', I'm afraid this book reads more like another old saying, ‘a complete waste of time’. It felt to me that a random series of events had been linked together to form a very loose and aimless narrative. I really had no idea what was going on or what I’m supposed to take from this tale.I’m a fan of the author and I believe he’s written some stunning books, my personal favourites (in order) being:1. 1Q842. The Wind-up Bird Chronicle3. Kafka on [...]

  • Hitsuji o meguru bōken = A Wild Sheep Chase (The Rat, #3), Haruki Murakamiتاریخ نخستین خوانش: پنجم فوریه سال 2017 میلادیعنوان: تعقیب گوسفند وحشی - کتاب 3 - سری موش صحرایی (رت)؛ نویسنده: هاروکی موراکامی؛ مترجم: مهدی غبرایی؛ تهران، نیکونشر، 1392؛ در 360 ص؛ شابک: 9789647253628؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان ژاپنی قرن 20 ممتن پشت [...]

  • When one is approached by a random person and asked to locate a life form that is physically unable to exist, but which you have a picture of, and you choose to do it because you have to, you know you're in for something fantastical. Part noir thriller, part philosophical daydream, the wild sheep chase moves effortlessly along (partially due to the brilliant translation), and scene by scene we are more and more drawn into the story of soon to be thirty year old J. Philosophical detours into enty [...]

  • Thank you again, brian tanabe!Books like these, I feel like a child who has finally graduated to the grown-up table only to find that the cultery is too big and sharp, the edge of the table is level with my eyes, and the conversation always above my head. But no! I refuse to be demoted back to the kids' table with all the babies! I wanna eat here and contribute to the discussions about whether a vacation home in Hawaii or the SE islands would be better (so boringzzzz.) and did you catch when the [...]

  • İlk olarak şunu söylemek istiyorum. Bu kitabı okuduktan sonra kitap forumlarında vb. yerlerde, birçok "Japonya hakkında fikir sahibi olmak amacı ile okuduğum"gibi yorumlar okudum. Böyle bir şey öncelikle çok yanlış. Bu kitapla, sadece bu değil bu değil bütün Murakami kitapları ile Japonya, Japon Kültürü ve Japonlar hakkında sağlıklı bilgi edinemezsiniz. H.Murakami yazdıkları Japonya ile iliştirilebilecek son Japon yazar. Tanizaki, Mişima, Dazai, Agutagava, Kavabata [...]

  • An interesting read, three and a half stars for beauty in language. While I can't say I "really liked it" in the "will re-read one day" sense, I appreciated the richness of the ideas and language offered. I normally tend to devour a book in two or three sittings, but this was a book that worked well reading three or four chapters a night, breaking into small, choice pieces. Although there is a mystery that drives the plot, I would hesitate to say that is the focus of the book, so I didn't feel l [...]

  • Se nella stragrande maggioranza dei casi quando inizio un romanzo mi aspetto anche che giri la pagina, che ci sia un intreccio che catturi l'attenzione, Murakami è l'eccezione che conferma la regola. Nei romanzi del grande scrittore giapponese questo aspetto semplicemente non c'è: il ritmo è lento e cadenzato, sono pagine di atmosfere, flussi di pensieri e sensazioni, molto più che di azioni ed eventi. Dovrebbero essere libri noiosissimi: quello che rende grande Murakami è che nonostante tu [...]

  • I wish I could have written about Murakami's A Wild Sheep Chase here when I'd read it. I wish that was around back then. The magical and plain old world as we know it life through best teacher voice (this is my favorite kind of voice because I'm a confused person) that made the every day seem full of possibilities. Sinister possibilities as well as good ones. That's my favorite kind of thing, the ability to make that stuff interesting, with easy humor. I'm really into the build-up of the little [...]

  • Creepyhades.But that's why I loved it!!!I'm serious. This book was so creepy it had me wiggling around in my seat in discomfort. Yet, I was absolutely captivated! I couldn't put the book down!If you're a reader looking for a book that will take you more than one read to truly grasp, then this is the book for you. It had my brain churning and my fingers tapping with nervous energy.I'm not going to give a bit of a run-down of the book as I've done in previous reviews mostly because it would sound [...]

  • Este libro me aburrió muchísimo. Podría haber sido más corto, y con corto me refiero a la mitad de su extensión. Hay bastantes capítulos que sobran completamente, que no afectan en absoluto a la trama. Encima esas partes no están dedicadas a las reflexiones tan características de Murakami, sino que consisten en un seguimiento tedioso de actividades anodinas del protagonista. Otra cosa que no me gustó fue que los personajes de las dos entregas anteriores de esta saga hayan cambiado tanto [...]

  • Książka uspokajająca, jak senRealizm magiczny - im dalej tym dziwniej, ale ja to lubię :)Zastanawiam się jakie powiązanie i wpływ na zrozumienie filozofii Murakamiego mają inne tomy cyklu Szczura…No i ten nieokreślony niedosyt, czyli to samo, co czułem po przeczytaniu Sputnika.

  • برخلاف تصور خودم، کتاب دو روز زودتر تموم شد، از اون دست کتاب هایی هست که 150 صفحه آخرش اجتناب ناپذیره و آدم به اون آخرا که می رسه ترمز می بره!برعکس تصور و تبلیغات خیلی از سایت ها و انتشارات، من توصیه می کنم کتاب های چهارگانه رت رو به ترتیب بخونید، این کتاب، سومین کتاب این مجموعه ب [...]

  • Jedinu stvar koju Murakamiju nikada neću oprostiti je što više voli mačke od pasa. Ova knjiga je mnogo knjiga. Na šta se svodi, koja je ta jedna tema koja čini srž romana? Čini se potera za identitetom, ali opet nešto tu škripi. Šta još može biti? Pojma nemam. Niti želim da znam, ako mogu iskreno. Imam nagoveštaj, jeste, povremeno nazrem deliće, pa možda bih čak mogao i da napišem i kratku (i šturu) interpretaciju ovog iznad zanimljivog štiva. Ali neću. Ovako je daleko zaba [...]

  • Haruki Murakami ran a jazz club in Tokyo prior to his career as an author. And it’s not just the presence of music in his novels that provides evidence of that. It’s also the books themselves which have a very “jazz like” feel to them. Murakami himself has said: "It's kind of a free improvisation. I never plan. I never know what the next page is going to be. Many people don't believe me. But that's the fun of writing a novel or a story, because I don't know what's going to happen next. I [...]

  • Our hand-reared cockatiel is on borrowed time if she continues to peck lumps off the books on my Murakami shelf. Clearly, she likes his books as well (but for different reasons than me). She moved from 1Q84 (unread), to this book, as the little bite marks attest.Vacuum the paper trail. Breathe. Ahhhhhhhhh. Oh my goodness, every time I read this man I swoon with admiration. There’s something extremely comforting for me, knowing I’m in the hands of a masterful technician of the written word li [...]

  • یکی از عجیب ترین و پیچیده ترین کتاب هایی بود که تابحال خوندم.بعد از تموم شدنش کلی و بحث و تحلیل هایی که کردم و خوندم تازه فهمیدم این کتاب جلد چهارم یا سوم از مجموعه کتاب های رت هست (the rat) و برای پیش نیاز لازمه که بقیه کتاب ها رو خونده باشی ولی جوری نبود که ازش چیزی متوجه نشی، درواق [...]

  • This is not an easy book to read, review or discuss. You will either love it or hate it (more likely - never read it). I liked it. The swirling, kaleidoscopic imagery with freely overlapping of the physical and the metaphysical, the real and the imaginary, the utterly sane and the completely cuckoo makes us question what is real and what is not. For a tranquil setup, the Prelude (the first 7 pages) whizzed by before I even realized. And I was appropriately intrigued. By page 20, I don’t know w [...]

  • My first buddy reads with the awesome reading partner - Caro ;)Kokia keista, išgalvota Avies pavidalo istorija, paskaninta netikėtomis detalėmis. Net nežinau kokiam žanrui reikėtų šią knygą priskirti. Gal tai detektyvas? O gal tai absurdiškam realizmui artima magiška sakmė? Ar visgi tai kelionė į savęs pažinimą? Gal tai gali būti net gi meilės istorija ar istorijos (tik nežinia meilė labiau kam, ar merginai ar aviai :))Ko tik šioje knygoje nėra. Čia galima rasti indėni [...]

  • I was reading Murakami before it was cool. cough, coughI've read this book for the first time 10 years ago. It was my first Murakami and I fell in love. And since then I started tracing down and devouring everything that he's written and what was translated into any language I could understand. I was successful. So successful that I actually run out of Murakami.So for some time now I was feeling like rereading some of his novels, especially A Wild Sheep Chase and was a bit afraid of disappointme [...]

  • I wasn't all that impressed with this book. I love Murakami and have read three other books by him. The ideas in this book are good and some of them kept me thinking and even inspired me to write about them, but the themes took over the book and the plot and characters suffered. I found myself only finishing it in hopes that somehow I would end up being impressed by it, as I was with the Wind Up Bird Chronicle. Whta I did really like about it and this can be said of all his writing is that the s [...]

  • دوستش نداشتم فقط تمامش کردم که کلکسیون موراکامی را تکمیل کنم. ترجمه درخشان و زنده غبرایی بیشتر جذبم کرد تا داستانشاید اگر پشت هم نمی خواندم دستش و موتیوها برایم رو نمی شد سفر، خواب، آدم های عجیب و غریب، تنها در جنگل و گربه ها هتل ها و کتاب های قدیمیاتود خوبی بوده برای کافکا در ک [...]

  • On the back cover of this special 3D edition of "The Wild Sheep Chase", there's this quote by The Washington Post which goes like this: "Lean forward and topple headlong into magic". Well, it couldn't be more aptly put!You know when you read something which as a story, is not particularly great, and yet deep inside you find it amazing? It's like there are two parts of you that simultaneously read the story. The pragmatistic part, that interprets what you read in a matter-of-fact way, and the emo [...]

  • Este é o quinto livro de Murakami que leio, mas ainda tenho muitos por ler na minha wishlist.O escritor japonês tornou-se um dos meus favoritos pela forma bela e única como escreve. Também me fascinam as suas personagens, gente comum e ao mesmo tempo extraordinária, e a constante reflexão que aquelas fazem sobre as suas vidas, as situações em que se encontram e aquilo que os rodeia. Murakami escreve sobre a vida e a realidade de forma observadora, captando todos momentos com delicadeza e [...]

  • Um livro surreal e fantástico, bem ao estilo de Murakami.Uma louca aventura da caça ao carneiro selvagem (“wild sheep chase” é um trocadilho com a expressão “wild geese chase”, que em português equivale a “caçar gambozinos”), que começa com um telefonema e uma fotografia perfeitamente vulgar (uma paisagem, montanhas, nuvens, prados e trinta e três carneiros).Um carneiro sobrenatural, ou uma metáfora de algo que tem o poder de mudar as pessoas e o mundo…

  • Notes of true brilliance, combined with whimsical moments that fell somewhat flat.I adore Murakami. I don't think there's any writer out there quite like him (aside from maybe David Mitchell, who obviously was heavily inspired by him). The Wind Up Bird Chronicle is one of my favourite books ever. So, as you might imagine, I had high hopes for this one.Regrettably, it didn't quite hit the mark for me. It's about a guy (don't think we ever learn his name), on literally a 'wild sheep chase', search [...]

  • My friend will be highly disappointed in me for this, as he's lending me all of Murakami's books one by one (I will be 100% taking a break after this one), but this is a DNF for me.This isn't like Kafka on the Shore where I hated it, this is just lack of interest for me. To be quite frank, I don't have any desire to make the effort to finish the 2/3 I had left. I do not think Murakami's magical realism and I are meant to be. I love his stories about nothing with in depth character studies, but w [...]

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