Forget everything you know about Japan, and enter the postmodern world of Haruki Murakami's "A Wild Goose Chase", where people sweat about their careers, drink too much, and drift through broken marraiges, all without a kimono in sight.
The twentysomething protagonist of this funny, haunting tale could be Philip Marlowe's younger, cooler brother or at least his Japanese cousin. With more than his share of troubles with women and a fetish for the femine ear, he is drawin into an elaborate quest for a mysterious sheep with a cream-colored star on its back. From the urban haunts of Tokoyo to the sprawling estate of a right wing politico to the chilly desolation of the remote island of Hokkaido, here is an unforgettable story of enchanttment, suspense, and human mystery from Japan's leading novelist.
I love Haruki Murakami and most Japanese fiction, and this did not disappoint. A very strange and sometimes quite humorous fantasy tale. There were a couple of things in this book that I still can't quite figure out, but I will let the next reader be the judge. I enjoyed this.
I think it was a good idea to read Murakami chronologically. I think this story didn't have me scratching my head as much as his later, more famous works. The narrator is sent on a "wild sheep chase" as a powerful organization demands he find the one special sheep in a picture of a pasture he just happened to use in an ad he created at work. However, the story had the power to draw me in; I read the first half in one evening.
Astoundingly charming. You have to be interested in the inner life and philosophy to enjoy Murakami's novels. This one kept me smiling and wanting to know what was in store for the hero next.
I read this book in college as part of a Japanese Literature. It was okay. My opinion may be a bit skewed though since it was assigned reading.