A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami

By Haruki Murakami

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

It starts just enough: A twenty-something ads govt gets a postcard from a pal, and casually appropriates the picture for an assurance 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 photograph he has unwittingly captured the eye of a guy in black who bargains a menacing ultimatum: locate the sheep or face dire results. 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 fascinating, A Wild Sheep Chase is Murakami at his superb most sensible.

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The ground was dark and damp. She’d left home when she was sixteen. 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. There was a small coffee shop near the university where I hung out with friends. It wasn’t much of anything, but it offered certain constants: hard rock and bad coffee. She’d always be sitting in the same spot, elbows planted on the table, reading. With her glasses—which resembled orthodontia—and skinny hands, she seemed somehow endearing. Always her coffee would be cold, always her ashtray full of cigarette butts. The only thing that changed was the book.

Her life as a part-time proofreader for the publishing house was more normal. Three days a week she’d commute to Kanda, to the third floor of a small office building, and from nine to five she’d proofread, make tea, run downstairs (no elevator in the building) and buy erasers. She’d be the one sent out, not because anyone held anything against her, but because she was the only unmarried woman in the company. Like a chameleon, she would change with place and circumstance, able, at will, to summon or control that glimmer of hers.

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