A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami

By Haruki Murakami

A wonderful hybrid of mythology and secret, A Wild Sheep Chase is the extreme literary mystery that introduced Haruki Murakami’s overseas popularity.

It starts off barely enough: A twenty-something advertisements government gets a postcard from a chum, and casually appropriates the picture for an coverage company’s commercial. What he doesn’t become aware of is that incorporated within the pastoral scene is a mutant sheep with a celeb on its again, and in utilizing this picture he has unwittingly captured the eye of a guy in black who bargains a menacing ultimatum: locate the sheep or face dire outcomes. therefore starts a surreal and problematic quest that takes our hero from the city haunts of Tokyo to the distant and snowy mountains of northern Japan, the place he confronts not just the mythological sheep, however the confines of culture and the demons deep inside of himself. Quirky and completely appealing, A Wild Sheep Chase is Murakami at his amazing top.

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In one sense, her disappearance was due to circumstances beyond my control. What’s done is done, that sort of thing. How we got on the last four years was of no consequence. Any more than the photos peeled out of the albums. Nor did it matter that she’d been sleeping with a friend of mine for a long time and one day upped and moved in with him. All this was within the realm of possibility. Such things happened often enough, so how could I think her leaving me was anything out of the ordinary? The long and the short of it was, it was up to her.

But at such times that you must show your ears, you block off the passageway between your ears and your consciousness. ” A winsome smile came to her face. ” “Don’t rush things,” she said, reaching her right hand across the table, lightly touching the fingers of my left hand. ” I poured out the rest of the wine into our glasses and slowly drank mine. “First, I want to know more about you,” she started. ” “Everything. ” “It’s your ordinary story. ” “I was born in 1948, on December twenty-fourth, Christmas Eve.

Which may have been the reason why the funeral was so somber. Only family present, nearly everyone older. It was presided over by her older brother, barely thirty, or maybe it was her brother-in-law. Her father, a shortish man in his mid-fifties, wore a black armband of mourning. He stood by the entrance and scarcely moved. Reminded me of a street washed clean after a downpour. On leaving, I lowered my head in silence, and he lowered his head in return, without a word. I met her in autumn nine years ago, when I was twenty and she was seventeen.

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