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A Wild Sheep Chase av Haruki Murakami
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A Wild Sheep Chase (urspr publ 1982; utgåvan 2000)

av Haruki Murakami (Författare)

Serier: A Wild Sheep Chase (complete), The Rat (3)

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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 realise is that included in the pastoral scene is a mutant sheep with a star on its back, and in using this photo he has unwittingly captured the attention of a man in black who offers a menacing ultimatum: find the sheep or face dire consequences. Thus begins a surreal and elaborate quest that takes our hero from the urban haunts of Tokyo to the remote and snowy mountains of northern Japan, where he confronts not only the mythological sheep, but the confines of tradition and the demons deep within himself. Quirky and utterly captivating, A Wild Sheep Chase is Murakami at his astounding best. 'A Wild Sheep Chase has the conventional hull of a thriller - a quest, a mystery, an extraordinary woman, and plenty of elegant duress - but its fantastic superstructure transforms it into something quite different...a science fiction fantasy, a romance, a metaphysical tease, or a dramatisation of philosophical ideas' Independent… (mer)
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Titel:A Wild Sheep Chase
Författare:Haruki Murakami (Författare)
Info:Vintage (2000), Edition: New e., 304 pages
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A Wild Sheep Chase av Haruki Murakami (1982)

Senast inlagd avJF_P, jordanr2, Tsafos-Porter, privat bibliotek, HSMITH2021, HKnight92, chrisvia, deb80, JoeRRC
Efterlämnade bibliotekLeslie Scalapino
  1. 10
    Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World av Haruki Murakami (cpav55, NatalieSW)
    cpav55: Ademt dezelfde sfeer als De jacht op het verloren schaap.
    NatalieSW: Has a similarly odd look at a world that is like ours but off-kilter in a magical, philosophically absurd way.
  2. 10
    Dance Dance Dance av Haruki Murakami (cpav55)
    cpav55: Dance Dance Dance (Dans Dans Dans) maakt met Pinball 1973 en De jacht op het verloren schaap min of meer deel uit van de serie, maar het zijn wel losstaande verhalen.
  3. 10
    After the Quake av Haruki Murakami (2810michael)
  4. 00
    Kafka på stranden av Haruki Murakami (koenvanq)
  5. 00
    Pinball, 1973 av Haruki Murakami (cpav55)
    cpav55: Pinball 1973, Dans Dans Dans en De jacht op het verloren schaap vormen min of meer een serie, maar zijn wel losstaande verhalen.
  6. 00
    Slottet av Franz Kafka (olonec)
    olonec: chase, chase, chase
  7. 01
    Vaggan av Kurt Vonnegut (WSB7)
    WSB7: Vonnegut's take on the world is so similar to Murakami's
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Murakami Chronicles 02: A WILD SHEEP CHASE
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  chrisvia | Apr 30, 2021 |
Intellectually interesting but not emotionally engaging. One thing I really enjoy about Murakami is how he portrays a sense of disconnectedness between people. That feeling was more prevalent in the second half of the book, which I enjoyed more due to that and the increased magical realism aspect which always gives me a trippy “what the hell is going on?” kind of feeling. The book, the beginning in particular, felt a bit too sharp and harsh for me to really sink into though, which reduced my enjoyment. ( )
  Aug3Zimm | Apr 27, 2021 |
possibly Murakami's most playful book - he is so clearly having a good time writing it. a very quixotic and vivid narrator undertakes a sort of comic Quest; the seeming simplicity of the psychic mystery story as he tells it masks a very rich background, in which nothing is as it seems, time is all wonky, and the territory covered is both surreal and existential. highly recommended. Dance Dance Dance is a sequel, and his first writing, a pair of novellas published as Wind/Pinball, 1973, introduce the character called The Rat who recurs here. ( )
  macha | Mar 16, 2021 |
As you would expect from Murakami this is a strange tale, but a good read nonetheless. All about the search for a specific sheep with a star on its back. This has everything you would expect with a good Murakami, trippy plot, bizarre characters but all written in such a matter of fact style that it works. ( )
  CharlotteBurt | Feb 1, 2021 |
Murakami's first widely published novel. It took me a while to get into this one, the first 30 pages or so went very slowly. This is the fourth book by him I've read and it seems to me that Murakami wasn't yet running at full speed with this one. All the Murakami-typical elements are here: a cat, solitude, girls, cooking, smoking, drinking and also crazy shit. There are great parts in here: the Dolphin hotel, the chauffeur and the mystery surrounding the man in the black suit and the sheep, the Sheep Man,... but to me it feels like it doesn't really come together. This could be because I have not read the two books leading up to this one, but supposedly it should not be an issue. It does feel quite fragmented, and at times I was was completely at a loss. Now it is not a novelty that Murakami confuses me, but I don't really get what he's trying to convey here as a whole. That might well be faulted completely at my end, though. Mayhap this needs a re-read. And mayhap I need to wildly chase those hard to find first two books of his.

That said, I did enjoy this. Murakami is a fantastic writer, whether I know what he's on about or not. And hey! Sheep. What do you know? Bloody sheep. Not like any of the sheep I've ever known. I can't really think of any cartoon that prominently feature sheep, or even just one. I can't even think of a company logo that uses a sheep. Poor sheep, so underused. Baa. So, in that respect, I am glad I have finally endulged in sheep-themed media. Hooray for sheep!

Anyway, yeah, this was pretty good, and I'll keep working my way through Murakami's oeuvre, because he rocks. Have a 3.5/5. ( )
  superpeer | Feb 1, 2021 |
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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 realise is that included in the pastoral scene is a mutant sheep with a star on its back, and in using this photo he has unwittingly captured the attention of a man in black who offers a menacing ultimatum: find the sheep or face dire consequences. Thus begins a surreal and elaborate quest that takes our hero from the urban haunts of Tokyo to the remote and snowy mountains of northern Japan, where he confronts not only the mythological sheep, but the confines of tradition and the demons deep within himself. Quirky and utterly captivating, A Wild Sheep Chase is Murakami at his astounding best. 'A Wild Sheep Chase has the conventional hull of a thriller - a quest, a mystery, an extraordinary woman, and plenty of elegant duress - but its fantastic superstructure transforms it into something quite different...a science fiction fantasy, a romance, a metaphysical tease, or a dramatisation of philosophical ideas' Independent

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