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Suuri lammasseikkailu

(The Rat #3)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  74,292 ratings  ·  3,771 reviews
Tarinan kertoja, minä ilman nimeä, on tavallinen tokiolaiskaveri, 30-vuotias käännös- ja mainostoimiston osakas, keskivertoa älykkäämpi mutta kokonaan vailla kunnianhimoa. Odottamatta hänen tylsään elämäänsä ilmaantuu nuori nainen, jolla on niin ihmeelliset korvat, että kun hän paljastaa ne, kaikki ympärillä vaikenevat. Ja tämä nuori nainen osaa ennustaa, että kertoja jout ...more
Paperback, 351 pages
Published 2010 by Tammi (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.
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
Ahmad Sharabiani
Hitsuji o meguru boken = A Wild Sheep Chase (The Rat, #3), Haruki Murakami
This quasi-detective tale follows an unnamed, chain-smoking narrator and his adventures in Tokyo and Hokkaido in 1978. The story begins when the recently divorced protagonist, an advertisement executive, publishes a photo of a pastoral scene sent to him in a confessional letter by his long lost friend, 'The Rat.' He is contacted by a mysterious man representing 'The Boss,' a central force behind Japan's political and econo
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
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, japan

My first Murakami and I really enjoyed it.
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
Raeleen Lemay
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fiction
Read for Popsugar's 2018 Reading Challenge #7: A book set in a country that fascinates you

This was my first full-length Murakami novel, and it was fantastic! I was expecting it to be a bit more weird and surreal than it ended up being, but near the end there it definitely got... strange. I sort of lost interest a bit near the end, but all in all I think this was a great book.

Something I really liked is how every character is nameless, at least their real names are never mentioned. The narrator,
Mutasim Billah
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: japan
“I don't really know if it's the right thing to do, making new life. Kids grow up, generations take their place. What does it all come to? More hills bulldozed and more ocean fronts filled in? Faster cars and more cats run over? Who needs it?”

This is the first book Murakami wrote as a full-time novelist, and his third overall. The third book in the Rat Trilogy, the story revolves around a strange mystery surrounding an enigmatic sheep in Hokkaido, and how the narrator starts on an adventure to f
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
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
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
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
Se nella stragrande maggioranza dei casi quando inizio un romanzo mi aspetto anche che giri la pagina, che ci sia un intreccio che catturi l'attenzione, Murakami è l'eccezione che conferma la regola. Nei romanzi del grande scrittore giapponese questo aspetto semplicemente non c'è: il ritmo è lento e cadenzato, sono pagine di atmosfere, flussi di pensieri e sensazioni, molto più che di azioni ed eventi. Dovrebbero essere libri noiosissimi: quello che rende grande Murakami è che nonostante tutto n ...more
Nov 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: haruki-murakami
I wrote the following review two and a half years ago. Now that I've read A Wild Sheep Chase again, I don't think there's any need to change anything. Or maybe there's a great need to do so, I'm not sure. In any case, I'd rather put Benny Goodman's Airmail Special and breathe in deep the spring evening air.

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
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
Nov 28, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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

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
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
Mar 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, 2017-h1

Książka uspokajająca, jak sen
Realizm magiczny - im dalej tym dziwniej, ale ja to lubię :)
Zastanawiam się jakie powiązanie i wpływ na zrozumienie filozofii Murakamiego mają inne tomy cyklu Szczura…
No i ten nieokreślony niedosyt, czyli to samo, co czułem po przeczytaniu Sputnika.
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Haruki Murakami ran a jazz club in Tokyo prior to his career as an author. And it’s not just the presence of music in his novels that provides evidence of that. It’s also the books themselves which have a very “jazz like” feel to them. Murakami himself has said:

"It's kind of a free improvisation. I never plan. I never know what the next page is going to be. Many people don't believe me. But that's the fun of writing a novel or a story, because I don't know what's going to happen next. I'm searc
Jul 04, 2016 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
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites

Haruki Murakami "Avies medžioklė". Jau labai seniai girdžiu pagyras šiam japonų rašytojui, bet tik visai visai neseniai ryžausi pati patikrinti, kas gi čia tokio ypatingo. Daugelis rekomendavo pažintį pradėti nuo "Avies medžioklės" (tarp pasiūlymų dar buvo "Kafka pakrantėje", "Norvegų giria", "Prisukamo paukščio kronikos" ir kt. kūriniai). Po vieno žmogaus žinutės, kad po "Avies medžioklės" arba pradėsiu dievinti, arba nekęsti Murakami, liko tik griebti ją ir skaityti. Įvyko pirmasis va
Richard Derus
I read this in 2007? 2008? and was able to get all the way through the book without rolling my eyes so hard I could see my brain. The plot kept me moving briskly from event to event, the characters were flat and obnoxious as usual.

I'll never voluntarily pick up a Murakami book again, but if you're looking for one to start with, I'd say do it here. It's in no way necessary to have read others in this series, loosely defined, though it's always possible I simply missed maaaaaaaarvelous enrichments
Jul 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 13, 2012 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
Jun 08, 2016 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
May 11, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
آزاده شریفی
دوستش نداشتم... فقط تمامش کردم که کلکسیون موراکامی را تکمیل کنم. ترجمه درخشان و زنده غبرایی بیشتر جذبم کرد تا داستان...
شاید اگر پشت هم نمی خواندم دستش و موتیوها برایم رو نمی شد... سفر، خواب، آدم های عجیب و غریب، تنها در جنگل و گربه ها... هتل ها و کتاب های قدیمی
اتود خوبی بوده برای کافکا در کرانه...
ولی شاید نباید چاپ می شده
پخته و پرورده همه اینها در کافکا در کرانه هست و واضح است. این داستان سوررئال نیست بی سر و ته است. نویسنده هر جا طرحش کم آورده از عناصر جادویی و ماورایی استفاده کرده...
به هر حال
Caro the Helmet Lady
Jun 13, 2016 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
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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:

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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  • Hear the Wind Sing (The Rat, #1)
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