A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami


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.

Modern Japanese fiction will not be seen in the same light again. The American debut of Japan's premier contemporary writer introduces a fresh, irreverent tale with a 30-year-old modern-day hero.

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  • Nancy K.

    Looking forward to seeing everyone this morning, and discussing the book. I will be there a bit early and stake out our spot in that corner to the right of the front door. :)

    November 17, 2013

  • Bryan A.

    http://video.pbs.org/video/2339889202/

    ....what is Murakami telling us near the end of the novel when the protagonist sits down to listen to Perfidia....here is a version from 2013 by Andrea Bocelli (in this version Bocelli adds his own intro but once the audience recognizes the song they appauld)...of a song written in 1939...also used to the same effect in the 1942 movie Casablanca and the 2000 international hit- IN the Mood for Love by Won Kar Wai- in all three cases the directors and writer are saying the same thing...there are several English versions on youtube of Perfidia as well....authors do this all the time for their audiences- its why Ms Flynn in the monster hit of 2012 GONE GIRL mentioned reading Murakami on a tropical beach....would be interested in the group's input on this....

    November 15, 2013

  • Rachelle A.

    I read the Wind Up Bird Chronicle and feel like I am reading the same book.

    November 12, 2013

  • Scott

    And I think the discussion of this book should be accompanied by booze! But it's too late to change the venue and too early Sunday for me to drink at least Japanese beer.

    1 · November 11, 2013

    • Nancy K.

      Since most of my reading of it was accompanied by booze I tend to agree!

      November 11, 2013

  • Scott

    It took me more than half way though to get into this book! but I do not understand the ending! Is this an allegory?

    November 11, 2013

    • Nancy K.

      I haven't finished it yet. I'm still not into it.

      November 11, 2013

  • Bryan A.

    ...Scott did you read the English translation....

    November 11, 2013

  • Fiona D.

    Looking forward to hearing everyone's views on this book. I am still trying to get into it, but so far its not capturing my imagination. Is anyone else feeling this way?

    October 25, 2013

    • Bryan A.

      ....how far along are you...like most of Murakami's books it is about love and lost love...Murakami not only is a great writer but has a great translator which for Japanese writers is a HUGE issue...Murakami was the odds on favorite to win the Nobel Prize for literature this year(which he ended up losing....)....in the HUGE hit last year GONE GIRL the main character is dreaming of reading Murakami on the beach...I just finished reading WIND UP BIRD CHRONICLE after first reading it ten years ago and I was stunned that I STILL found it a work of genius...that said I did know two people who do not like Murakami- both Chinese women and both had PHD's- I was never sure if it was Murakami they disliked or me...oh well...Fiona, most well educated people I know have an opinion on Murakami and when you are done reading Wild Sheep Chase you will too...

      October 25, 2013

    • Bryan A.

      I will be in Calif this weekend and plan on reading Wild Sheep Chase...again...interest­ed to see if it still holds true to my inital impressions

      October 25, 2013

  • Nancy K.

    I agree. It's sort of like ordering a whole lobster...it sounds good, it looks good, and there's good stuff in there but it's hard to crack into!

    October 25, 2013

  • Nancy K.

    Kelly, I am so sorry. This was posted for the wrong time. (Totally my fault, 7 pm is the default setting and I clearly didn't change it.) Our standard time is the 10 a.m. With that said, I am going to post alternate meet ups (So there will be one every two weeks instead of just once a month) to give people more flexibility and choices. I am going to make those evening meet ups. As the group grows in members, hopefully we will get attendance at both.

    I would love your book suggestions. Feel free to send them to me or post them on the discussion board.

    September 5, 2013

  • Kelly

    I really prefer evening times so this works well for me. I'm happy to suggest a book if needed. I have a bunch on my Kindle that I haven't read yet!

    August 29, 2013

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