The main character is in his twenties, he is divorced, but recently he got a girlfriend "with unbelievably beautiful ears". For his job he has made an advertisement containing a picture of sheep that he received from an old friend -the Rat-, but this has caused him the wrath of the assistant of The Leader. The Leader is a vague but very powerful person who is trying to set up an extremely right-wing empire. He gets his ideas during hallucinations caused be a large aneurysm in his brain and in which a sheep with a star on its back plays a leading role. This sheep is also on the picture used for the advertisement and the assistant orders the main character to find the sheep. After many detours the main person not only finds out what happened to the sheep, but also to his old friend The Rat. The Japanese writer Haruki Marukami is already for a long time a candidate for the Nobel Prize. This is one of his first books and it already shows his talent to create a special, foreign world (for example: none of the characters in the book has a name), in which he is capable of describing unbelievable events in such a way that they become believable. Maybe this book is still a little bit unbalanced every now and then, but I look forward to reading his next books.
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