By Haruki Murakami
A wonderful hybrid of mythology and secret, A Wild Sheep Chase is the extreme literary mystery that introduced Haruki Murakami’s foreign popularity.
It starts just enough: A twenty-something ads government gets a postcard from a chum, and casually appropriates the picture for an coverage company’s commercial. What he doesn’t notice is that incorporated within the pastoral scene is a mutant sheep with a celebrity on its again, and in utilizing this picture he has unwittingly captured the eye of a guy in black who bargains a menacing ultimatum: locate the sheep or face dire outcomes. therefore starts a surreal and complicated quest that takes our hero from the city haunts of Tokyo to the distant and snowy mountains of northern Japan, the place he confronts not just the mythological sheep, however the confines of culture and the demons deep inside himself. Quirky and totally appealing, A Wild Sheep Chase is Murakami at his marvelous most sensible.
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But I guess that’s not the point now, is it? ” The Slip Once she was gone, I downed another cola, then took a hot shower and shaved. I was down to the bottom on just about everything—soap, shampoo, shaving cream. I stepped out of the shower and dried my hair, rubbed on body lotion, cleaned my ears. Then to the kitchen to heat up the last of the coffee. Only to discover: no one sitting at the opposite side of the table. Staring at that chair where no one sat, I felt like a tiny child in a De Chirico painting, left behind all alone in a foreign country.
Such things happened often enough, so how could I think her leaving me was anything out of the ordinary? The long and the short of it was, it was up to her. “The long and short of it is, it’s up to you,” I said. It was a Sunday afternoon, as I dawdled with a pull-ring from a beer can, that she came out with it. Said she wanted a divorce. ” she asked, releasing her words slowly. “No, either way is not fine with me,” I said. ” “If you want to know the truth, I don’t want to leave you,” she said after a moment.
Sex with her with her ears exposed was an experience I’d never known. When it was raining, the smell of the rain came through crystal clear. When birds were singing, their song was a thing of sheer clarity. I’m at a loss for words, but that’s what it was like. ” I once asked her. “Of course not,” she said. ” “A duty. Dry and tasteless, like chewing newsprint. But that’s okay. ” “Then you ought to show them,” I said. ” For sure, there were a lot of things I didn’t understand at all. For instance, the reason why she treated me special.