Okhota na ovet︠s︡

roman (IL, Biblioteka zhurnala "Inostrannai︠a︡ literatura")

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Okhota na ovet︠s︡ (Russian language, 1998, "Azbuka")

396 pages

Russian language

Published Jan. 4, 1998 by "Azbuka".

ISBN:
9785768405021
OCLC Number:
44002560

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4 stars (17 reviews)

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 realize 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.

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4 stars

A man has to find a sheep, because a shady secretary is ready to bring down his world if he doesn't. This is no ordinary sheep, either. No, this sheep is something else. For those it has met, in "spiritual communion," their world is forever changed.

This is the third book I've read by Murakami, and it certainly fits a certain formula that is familiar to his other works (I've read "1Q84" and "Kafka On The Shore"). It was a good read. It was a bit slow to start, but Murakami's way of storytelling seems to work as a slow burn with firecrackers starting to go off along the way.

Definitely can see his craft building up into what would be his style in later works.

[Extra notes]

I haven't read the other books in The Rat series, and didn't know it was part of a series initially, but this …

Review of 'A Wild Sheep Chase' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Wow! Murakami has taken a surreal and completely preposterous plot and produced a very interesting book. If you love whale penises and women with ears as much as me then you'll love this too. Pretty sure the book doesn't need any more of a review than that... but I'll waffle on for a bit more.

I find it interesting that in the 3 books by Murakami I have read the only character that has a name is a cat and that was only cos another character demanded it was given one. So far this is my favourite of his books, I find it amazing that somebody can actually come up with a story like this, I'm really looking for to the next book in the Rat series.

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Subjects

  • Japanese fiction -- Translations into Russian.