Item description for A Wild Sheep Chase (Naxos Junior Classics) by Haruki Murakami & Rupert Degas...
Overview Features a cast of bizarre characters, including a sheep with a mysterious star on its back, caught up in a Nietzschean quest for power.
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Studio: Naxos Audiobooks
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 2" Width: 6" Height: 5" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date Jul 30, 2006
Publisher Naxos Audiobooks
ISBN 9626344148 ISBN13 9789626344149
Availability 0 units.
More About Haruki Murakami & Rupert Degas
HARUKI MURAKAMI was born in Kyoto in 1949 and now lives near Tokyo. His work has been translated into more than fifty languages, and the most recent of his many international honors is the Jerusalem Prize, whose previous recipients include J. M. Coetzee, Milan Kundera, and V. S. Naipaul.
Haruki Murakami currently resides in Oiso. Haruki Murakami was born in 1949.
Reviews - What do customers think about A Wild Sheep Chase (Naxos Junior Classics)?
Brilliant writing, won over a skeptic Jun 23, 2008
Usually the second something happens in a novel that separates it from reality, whether it is visions of the dead or aliens invading the earth (just to name examples, not that both those things happen in A Wild Sheep Chase) I start to dislike a book. But Murakami's calm, reasoned, well-described mysterious quest on which he sends his main narrator overcomes my usual distrust of the unbelievable in books and I was willing to enjoy and even love the novel despite its slightly fantastical twist(s). Murakami's characters are fresh--you can see pieces of people you have met or know, but his characters are unique, the plot proceeds despite the completely illogical assignment given to the main character, and the bad luck on the quest makes the happy coincidences that much more easy to swallow. The descriptions of landscape and weather lend authenticity and depth to the novel. There are many traces of Japanese culture in the characters, but the stories and characters are universal. Murakami defies description, he blends so many threads of brilliant writing together. I highly recommend this novel!
AWESOME Apr 1, 2008
This is the best Murakami in my opinion and I've read almost all of his work.
Metaphysical reality Mar 13, 2008
This story starts with a funeral and ends with a dead person. What a lot happens inbetween. I felt that I was missing something because of all the references to animals: rat, sheep, dorks. It was well written and a very good story. I was taken aback by the final chapters. It was not what I expected at all, and yet it was a really good ending. I guess that it ended with mediocrity winning. That is reality for all of us: we are mediocre, with flashs of excellence. The excellence may be what gets us by, but we live with reality, mediocrity.
Follow Your Star Jan 26, 2008
Multiple story lines; multiple characters that maybe aren't. Where am I going? I don't know. What am I going to do when I get there? I don't know. Who am I going with? I don't know. Why am I doing this? I don't know. Will I ever know? Maybe.
Confusion abounds; but that is a good thing. Characters do things we don't understand; and that is a good thing. To enjoy this, just go along for the ride. This was my first Murakami and I had to re-read the first 20 pages or so and slow down. It was much more fun then.
Murakami is not imitating any other writer. I wish him a long life and many more stories. I've already ordered several more.
Too slow and weird for its own good Jan 10, 2008
This book was so unwieldy I had to force myself to read it. I realize this is probably the Japanese version of magical realism, but for some reason it was a tedious read. I think part of the reason why it was slow is the typical Japanese insistence on describing boredom and the mood of "what good can possibly happen" a little too well.
The only other Murakami novel I have read as of now is Norwegian Wood, and that is a wonderful breath of fresh air in comparison. In fact, Norwegian Wood is one of my favorite novels in general - check that out if you are just starting with Murakami.