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A Wild Sheep Chase (The Rat #3)

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Features a cast of bizarre characters, including a sheep with a mysterious star on its back, caught up in a Nietzschean quest for power."
Hardcover, 299 pages
Published October 1st 1989 by Kodansha America (first published 1982)
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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)
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)
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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.
Jaci
Mar 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Megha
Apr 17, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
F
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: japan, 2017
Loved this.
My first Murakami and I really enjoyed it.
Very strange.
Andrew Smith
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
4.
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Hitsuji o meguru boken = A Wild Sheep Chase (The Rat, #3), Haruki Murakami
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: پنجم فوریه سال 2017 میلادی
عنوان: تعقیب گوسفند وحشی - کتاب 3 - سری موش صحرایی (رت)؛ نویسنده: هاروکی موراکامی؛ مترجم: مهدی غبرایی؛ تهران، نیکونشر، 1392؛ در 360 ص؛ شابک: 9789647253628؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان ژاپنی قرن 20 م
متن پشت جلد: در تعقیب گوسفند وحشی (1989) شخصیت اصلی و راوی وجود میانمایه ای دارد. شور و شوقی ندارد؛ انگار به خیانت زنش و سپس جدایی او بی اعتناست، و فقط به این دلیل جلب نامزد تازه اش م
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Chris Shaffer
Oct 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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Deniz Balcı
Jan 15, 2016 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
Carol.
Jul 09, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Murakami Haruki (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: https://www.facebook.com/harukimuraka...

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