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A Wild Sheep Chase (The Rat #3)

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  56,655 Ratings  ·  2,760 Reviews
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 inc
Paperback, 353 pages
Published April 9th 2002 by Vintage (first published October 15th 1982)
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Nick Serido The Rat is alluded to a few times in Dance Dance Dance and I believe he is mentioned by name once. Definitely, that book separates itself from the…moreThe Rat is alluded to a few times in Dance Dance Dance and I believe he is mentioned by name once. Definitely, that book separates itself from the rest of the Rat trilogy, but there is still some continuity.(less)
Will It's the third book of what people refer to as The Rat Trilogy, the first being Hear the Wind Sing and the second being Pinball.

This book also has a…more
It's the third book of what people refer to as The Rat Trilogy, the first being Hear the Wind Sing and the second being Pinball.

This book also has a sequel named Dance, Dance, Dance, which is arguably also a part of the series, but unlike the other two it doesn't involve the rat.

This being said, all of the books are quite readable as stand-alone books.(less)
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Chris Shaffer
Oct 18, 2007 Chris Shaffer rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of the impossible and the fantastic.
Shelves: translations
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 ...more
Mar 30, 2008 Tosh rated it really liked it
Murakami, even thought he's super famous, is someone I wouldn't read if I read the plots. They sound on the surface too new agey for me. But the fact is he is an incredible craft-style writer that makes you want to turn the page faster and faster. I rarely met a person who doesn't at the very least enjoy his books.

"A Wild Sheep Chase" is one of the first for him to go into a sort of fantasy world - but still based on the world that we know. There's Tokyo but it could be almost any large city in
Oct 21, 2010 Mariel rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Miss New Zealand
Recommended to Mariel by: Little Bo Peeping Tom

I wish I could have written about Murakami's A Wild Sheep Chase here when I'd read it. I wish that goodreads 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 t
Apr 01, 2008 Jaci rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who want a rather light read that can develop into something deeper
Shelves: read-in-2008, own
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
May 25, 2008 Amber rated it it was ok
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 ...more
Apr 28, 2009 Megha rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
'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 ...more
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:

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And then you wake up. And wonder what that was all about.
Aug 05, 2010 Amanda rated it liked it
Recommended to Amanda by: Sam Rosenberg
Shelves: book-club
I think most accurately 3.5 stars.

Exactly what it purports to be: a wild sheep chase. Our protagonist sets out to a far corner of Japan in search of a mutant sheep on a deadline imposed by a mysteriously powerful man in black. Along the way we meet a girl with beautiful ears, the perhaps saddest cat in a Murakami book yet, a chaffeur who calls up God every night, and many people associated with sheep.

I actually liked A Wild Sheep Chase better than some of the other Murakami fiction I've read (so
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 boring...zzzz....) and did you catch wh
Gli ingredienti usati sono sempre quelli: un protagonista in una condizione esistenziale perennemente tendente al vuoto, un inizio vagamente scialbo e ordinario, specchio della vita del protagonista, uno straordinario e irreale che si innesca a partire da una banalità, da un nonnulla quale può essere una fotografia di pecore. In piùMurakami scrive molto bene, sempre. Fin dagli inizi, a quanto pare.
Ovviamentec'è un ma. Murakami scrive sempre benissimo, nessuno può osare dire il contrario (pena la
Jul 17, 2011 Carol. rated it liked it
Shelves: lit-fiction
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 ...more
switterbug (Betsey)
Sep 12, 2011 switterbug (Betsey) rated it it was amazing
Reading Murakami is like falling into a waking dream, sideways. Or watching the slanting orange sunlight during the waning days of autumn, the cool blue rays on the periphery just outside your reach. It's a field of fertile thought, a radiant garden; the pollinating, winged creatures absorb the nectar of its flowers, their fecundity extending the garden from the earth to the air, visibly and ethereally. Murakami's surreal prose invites the reader into a wonderland of quirky motifs and recurring ...more

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 w
Jul 24, 2012 param rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: patient readers, lovers of language
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 wha
Feb 04, 2013 Zenmoon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Just about everyone ... spread the world with Murakami

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 like M
Robin Webster
Apr 11, 2013 Robin Webster rated it it was amazing
This book was recommended by a friend and it is the first Haruki Murakami novel I have had the pleasure of reading. In a sense the book is plot driven with our nameless hero searching for a wild sheep that has possessed and drastically altered the lives of certain characters in the book. However, to outline the plot does not give a true sense of what this book is all about. The book has a rich array of characters that include his girlfriend with exquisite ears, a man in a sheep outfit, a sheep p ...more
Andrew Smith
Mar 21, 2016 Andrew Smith rated it it was ok
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. 1Q84
2. The Wind-up Bird Chronicle
3. Kafka on the Shore
Bach Tran Quang
Aug 12, 2014 Bach Tran Quang rated it liked it
Cái mình nhận ra rằng, mình yêu thích Murakami không phải là ở cốt truyện mà ông dựng nên, mình yêu thích bởi những "mẩu" độc thoại nhỏ, những đoạn văn miêu tả nỗi cô đơn, tả cảnh, tả người, tả thị trấn, tả cái xưa cũ nó cứ miên man ám ảnh mãi. Kiểu như đọc rồi rơi hẫng mất một lúc vì những "mẩu" những câu những từ đó. Nó kỳ lạ, kỳ quái đan xen vào nhau làm người đọc cứ nửa thật nửa ảo mà cảm nhận.

Cuộc Săn Cừu Hoang là chuyến đi săn kỳ quái, cũng là một dạng nhân vật Tôi lại lần nữa đi tìm bản t
Nov 09, 2014 Ana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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…
Omid Majidy Pour
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 بود، اگه شماره یک و دو رو نخونید، خیلی از جاها نسبت به خاطرات و شخصیت ها براتون سوال پیش می یاد که اگه جوابشونو ندونین لذت کتاب رو خیلی کم می کنه...
موراکامی گاهی توی این کتاب یاد خاطراتی می افته که توی کتاب اول و دوم رخ
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
Deniz Balcı
Jan 19, 2016 Deniz Balcı rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: japon-edebiyatı
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 vb. yazarlar okuyarak gerçe ...more
Franco  Santos
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. Dejaron
Mar 23, 2016 Pavle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: takozvano-ostalo
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 zabavnije, ostaviti te
Apr 12, 2016 Rıdvan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Yahu acaba ben bu Murakami'yi sevmiyor muyum?
Sarmadı bu kitap beni. Böyle bohem karakterler yaratıyor. Hastalıklı, umursamaz, heyecanlanmaz, inaktif karakterler. Sürekli düşünürler bunlar. Sağından soluna dönene kadar saatler geçer. Hareket nedir bilmezler. Hiç bir şeye şaşırmazlar. Sorgulamazlar.
Okuduğum 3. Murakami kitabı. (Diğerleri için bkz. Tuzsuz Tzukru Tazaki'nin Hac Yıllari ve Sahilde Kafka) Üçündede karakterlerimiz birbirinin aynı.
Gene Murakami stili; ufak tefek doğa üstü olaylar olma
Jun 14, 2016 Orient rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sheep fans
Recommended to Orient by: Caro M., Giedrė
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 indėniškų susitapatinimų su gyvūn
Caro M.
Jun 20, 2016 Caro M. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people with imagination and those who talk to their cats
I was reading Murakami before it was cool. cough, cough
I'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 disappointm
Leila Hashemi
Jul 16, 2016 Leila Hashemi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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، درواقع مجموعه کتاب بنظرم اینجور میاد که از لحاظ موضوعی ربطی بهم ندارن بیشتر نگرش خود نویسنده اس که اگر به ترتیب بخونه تحلیل و نگاه و درک بهتری پیدا میکنی و هدف کتاب برات مشخص تر میشه.این کتاب هم مثه بقیه سورئال هست و پر ...more
Πρώτα απ' όλα να ευχαριστήσω πάρα πάρα πολύ την αγαπημένη μου φίλη Νένε που μου έκανε δώρο αυτό το υπέροχο βιβλίο! Δεν θα πω πολλά για αυτό γιατί αγαπώ πολύ τον Μουρακάμι, τα βιβλία του ασκούν μια ιδιαίτερη γοητεία πάνω μου και δεν θα είμαι ούτε αντικειμενικός ούτε «νηφάλιος» στην κριτική μου. Απολαύστε το και βυθιστείτε στο όνειρο!

Loneliness wasn’t such a bad feeling. It was like the stillness of the pin oak after the little birds had flown off...
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Haruki Murakami (Japanese: 村上 春樹) 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:

Since childhood, Murakami has been heavily influenced by Western culture, particularly Western music and literature. He grew up reading a range of works by Am
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