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4.0 out of 5 stars Carefree detective story full of death
Written in 1982, this is the earliest Murakami novel widely available to the English-speaking world, though it isn't Murakami's first novel (he wrote two before this one).

Attempting to find the meaning in this bizaare and surreal detective story will probably always be fruitless, but trying to work it out while reading is so much fun. Reading it again is just...
Published on 4 Feb. 2007 by Greshon

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3.0 out of 5 stars Murakami on more surreal form
Murakami on his more surreal form. If his books are written along the lines of a freestyle jazz piece, than A Wild Sheep Solo would be the xylophone solo. Purposeful and structured but an oddity all the same.

The book is based around a central character looking for a sheep, that had taken possession of the head of a powerful political organization but was now...
Published on 18 Nov. 2009 by Mr. B. W. Evans

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4.0 out of 5 stars Slow burner with a powerful finish, 21 May 2005
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This review is from: A Wild Sheep Chase (Paperback)
Ultimately this book is all about loss and grief, and how to deal with both. It's not the absolutely superb Murakami we've come to expect (thus the four star, rather than five star, rating) and indeed some of the scenes are rather too long for comfort - such as the journey to the mountain. However, there are Murakami delights on the way and the end chapters are a tour de force.
Well worth a read, certainly, though I think other Murakami works are better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to belive this is a translation, 21 July 1997
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Most translated novels lose quite a bit. The idioms, style, and general tone often don't translate with the words. (Read the Spanish version of Allende's "House of Spirits", then compare the English translation if you don't believe me.) This exceptional story seems to retain its essence depite translation. It is haunting, surreal, and absurdly funny at the same time. It's the kind of story that invades your thoughts for months after you read it. Commendations to Alfred Birnbaum on his translation. I can only imagine how rich a story it must be when read in its intended tongue.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Murakami does it again!, 7 May 1997
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Fabulous! Picturesque, dark, with much of the same melancholy as "Norwegian Wood," and told in the same offhand style. Murakami is a novelist with the heart and style of a poet, and the dry wit of a satirist. His stories, told in this loose, comfortable style seem to slip lightly along, until you are sucker-punched with tragedy or insight, related in the same voice. Once again, I can only describe Mr. Murakami's work as deeply haunting and memorable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fiction at its best, 31 Jan. 1998
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"A Wild Sheep Chase" lingers in ones mind and demands more than one reading. The characters are beautifully developed and unraveling of the plot is so wonderfully written it makes the book extremely hard to put down. Note: the characters in this book first appear in "Hear The Wind Sing" and "Pinball 1973." I recommend all three of these books and the continuation, "Dance Dance Dance" very strongly!
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5.0 out of 5 stars 11, 3 Nov. 1997
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As a Murakami fan, this is my favorite one. I'm not sure why, but that goes for all his books. When I'm reading them, it's a thrilling ride. But when I finish them, there's this sense of emptiness in me saying, "What did I just read?" He seems to say so much, yet so little can be processed in the brain. The rest flows to the heart. Too bad the rating doesn't go to 11.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Haruki is just so cool!, 6 Mar. 1998
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This is a man who has got such a wide expanse of mind and he isn't in the least bit pretentious in his work. Highly accessible to us regular people. All possibilities are considered. All weird things are worthy of being written. I was really satisfied with the way he wrapped up the plot. Conclusive and yet full of possibilities. An actual page turner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars strange at first but UN-PUT-DOWN-ABLE, 25 April 2000
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part-detective, part-drama, part-comedy and part-paranormal, the wild sheep chase gets weirder and weirder until you'll be reading it all the way through just to find out "well what the heck happens in the end? " but that doesn't get in the way of enjoying this highly interesting book. good introduction to murakami's work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect mixture, 24 Nov. 1999
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As I read Haruki had translated novels from Scott Fitzgerald and John Irving into japanese I knew I was going to like him.Haruki is the perfect symbiosis between Boris Vian, Raymond Chandler and John Irving.If you enjoy with any of these writers, you'll love Haruki, specially this novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a novel is supposed to be!, 9 April 1998
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The works of Murakami-san are simply masterpieces of modern fiction. I'd suggest new readers start with the Sheep Chase and work their way upwards to his magnum opus - The Wind-up Bird Chronicles. Further words can do no justice. I'd just like to say doumo arigatou gozaimasu and gambatte!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mystic Journey, 16 Jan. 2001
Would you call god if you had the phone number? Or would you forget to? I liked the writing style, short yet colourful. The real world blends with mystical motives until everything becomes a great Asian fairy tale.
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