Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Book Review: A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami

Title: A Wild Sheep Chase
Publisher: Vintage

Publication Date: 2003 (1982)
Pages: 300
Format: Paperback
Genre: Fiction
Source: Xmas Gift
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His life was like a recurring nightmare: a train to nowhere. But an ordinary life has a way of taking an extraordinary turn. Add a girl whose ears are so exquisite that, when uncovered, they improve sex a thousand-fold, a runaway friend, a right-wing politico, an ovine-obsessed professor and a manic-depressive in a sheep outfit, implicate them in a hunt for a sheep, that may or may not be running the world, and the upshot is another singular masterpiece from Japan's finest novelist. (Goodreads Synopsis)

I found A Wild Sheep Chase a very enjoyable read - Murakami's works always are - but I did not find the ending of this one quite as satisfying as some of his other works. I loved the opening and the build-up but the finale fell a tad short. It wasn't bad - just not up to the standard of some of his other tales. As such I wouldn't recommend this as a first read for those new to Murakami's work, but those already fans will find it good fun.

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