A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami
A Novel

78%

6 Critic Reviews

So much for image and preconception--and prejudice, appearance as opposed to reality. And yet it is image, often self-conscious and self-deluding, superficial and affected, that explains . . . the phenomenal popularity of the work of Haruki Murakami.
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Synopsis

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.
 

About Haruki Murakami

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Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto in 1949 and now lives near Tokyo. His work has been translated into forty-two languages. The most recent of his many honours is the Franz Kafka Prize.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published January 1, 2002 by Vintage Books, New York, NY, U.S.A.. 364 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Biographies & Memoirs, Travel, Horror, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction
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Critic reviews for A Wild Sheep Chase
All: 6 | Positive: 5 | Negative: 1

NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Herbert Mitgang on Oct 21 2008

What makes ''A Wild Sheep Chase'' so appealing is the author's ability to strike common chords between the modern Japanese and American middle classes.

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LA Times

Above average
Reviewed by Foumiko Kometani on Oct 15 2008

So much for image and preconception--and prejudice, appearance as opposed to reality. And yet it is image, often self-conscious and self-deluding, superficial and affected, that explains . . . the phenomenal popularity of the work of Haruki Murakami.

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Bestsellersworld

Excellent
Reviewed by Bestsellers World on Jan 01 2008

A Wild Sheep Chase is Murakami at his astounding best.

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BookDragon

Good
Reviewed by Book Dragon on Oct 22 2011

Bottom line: yes, it passes the test of time with great ease … sigh of relief and a yippee indeed.

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Vivid Scribe

Above average
Reviewed by Vivid Scribe on May 05 2012

It’s easy to get caught up in trying to figure out a deeper meaning in the novel, a symbol or an allegory. Perhaps there is one. Perhaps I don’t know enough . . . to fully understand it.

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Axiom Magazine

Good
Reviewed by Mitzi Akaha on Jan 18 2011

Although the hyper-bleak office setting is juxtaposed with characters like The Rat and The Sheep Professor, who edge on absurd, there is a system here.

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