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A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami
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Dec 04, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: 21st-century, philosophy, magical-realism, mystery

A story about sixth sense and salvation (damnation?) by the sheep (rather than shepherd) if I ever read one. I would have given this book a 3-star, it it weren't for the fact that it really had me strapped in, alongside the narrator and his girlfriend, for a good two-day journey in and out of Hokkaido. If you like LOST, or were an obsessive Nancy Drew fan growing up like I was, this book will at least be entertaining. Murakami's storytelling is reminiscent of a modern-day, punchy Marquez in One Hundred Years of Solitude, but because the story is set mid-twentieth century (rather than over several amorphous centuries), has less of the overall crazy-mythical element, and more of the crazy-crazy element. Makes you begin to see how fun horribly dull day-to-day life can become - if only one is able to come up with such plotlines as Murakami does in his novel.

The story pushes a lot of themes and experiences I think we need to think about, including memory, the act of naming and renaming, divorce, urban sprawl, quests, and boredom.

I won't say much more: I'll leave the chase up to you.

P.S. - great chapter titles.

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message 1: by Joel (new)

Joel Have you read any of his other books? I'm incredibly curious about him: I keep getting wildly diverse reviews of his books by peers. Let me know how wild his sheep are.

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