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A Wild Sheep Chase (Panther) [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Haruki Murakami
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20. April 2000 Panther
The story of a man, a girl, her ears and a very special sheep. It is a world where people sweat about their careers, drink too much, and drift through broken marriages. The protagonist is an advertising executive who finds himself drawn into an elaborate quest for a mysterious sheep.

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  • Taschenbuch: 304 Seiten
  • Verlag: Vintage; Auflage: New edition (20. April 2000)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1860467180
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860467189
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 19,4 x 13 x 2,2 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.4 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (30 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 469.293 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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As with many of Haruki Murakami's novels, the plot curdles with complex diversity only to be resolved by a collision between wild fantasy and outright slapstick. A Wild Sheep Chase refers aptly to the tradition of cool but kitsch detective sagas. Except here, the metaphoric goose is now a literal sheep with a distinctive marking; an urban myth with the promise of immortality.

The anonymous narrator is a mild-mannered thirtysomething with a more than understanding attitude--things happen because they are supposed to and there's no sense standing in the way of progress or nature. It takes the disappearance of a friend and some gentle intimidation from a right wing conglomerate to break the pattern of apathy and send him off on his adventure.

Murakami's detail of the most mundane situations makes his lead character endearing. Those who've read Murakami before will recognise that certain empathy for the strange thoughts and rituals that are now hallmarks of his wry humour. Although an unlikely hero, the quest for a missing friend and the support of a lover with mysterious ears takes him off in search of the elusive sheep in a bizarre adventure--danger and absurdity hindering every movement. --David Trueman


"Wonderfully easy to read and just as wonderfully difficult to make sense of...like the narrator, who slowly accepts the presence in his life of mystery, we slowly recognize the possibility of a new kind of world. Like him, we lean forward and topple headlong into magic" (Washington Post)

"It begins as a detective novel, dips into a screwball comedy, and at its close becomes a tale of possession...A highly accomplished piece of craftsmanship" (New Yorker)

"Mr. Murakami's style and imagination are closer to that of Kurt Vonnegut, Raymond Carver and John Irving" (New York Times)

"A Wild Sheep Chase has the conventional hull of a thriller - a quest, a mystery, an extraordinary woman, and plenty of elegant duress - but its fantastic superstructure transforms it into something quite different...a science fiction fantasy, a romance, a metaphysical tease, or a dramatisation of philosophical ideas" (Independent)

"If you consider yourself an intelligent, sensitive common reader but wish to accommodate something a little removed from your experience, and probably your imagination, I dare you to turn your eyes towards Murakami and head off on a wild sheep chase." (Glasgow Herald) -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Haruki Murakami rules! 16. Juli 2000
Von Tom White
Just when you think you've read everything, and there's nothing new, here comes Murakami with his delicious books (if you read 'SHEEP CHASE, you'll end up reading them all). Creating the mystery and fun of a detective story with minimalist style, master Murakami reinvents symbolism and the Japanese novel while telling a wondrous story of sheep, a quest through urban to rural Japan, and ghosts. (The ending of this book will haunt you!) Simple details--drinking a beer while raiding the refrigerator, putting on a jazz record, taking a nap--punctuate the action in Haruki Murakami's worlds. Noble and yes, melancholy details--breathe life into this remarkable and quite funny work of a modern literary genius.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Confusing details and disappointing ending 3. Dezember 1999
In A Wild Sheep Chase, the main character was having an ordinal untidy life. One day he got a letter and a picture of sheep from his old friend and used that picture on a publication. After a couple of month, a man in a black suit came to his office and told him that one of sheep in that picture was special. Moreover, he threatened him to find the sheep giving money and saying if the main character cannot find that sheep, the man in a black suit will prevent the main character get back to the society by all means. The main character was reluctant to begin with looking for the sheep, but his girlfriend whose ears are mysteriously attractive pushed him to a chase of wild sheep...This is a slow and not-very-dynamic detective story unlike Hollywood movies. However, there is quite detailed description of surroundings and the character's feeling. Finally, the case develops in an unexpected way; surprising not-typical ending as a mystery. A Wild Sheep Chase has some confusing parts. Even though I tried to be patient and wait to solve unclear parts, I didn't understand those parts well. That difficulty to understand might caused by the very detailed description and explanation which sometimes sound like digression that don't relate to the part of chasing the sheep itself. For example, strangely enough to me, there is a great amount of explanation of the main character's sex life and his interest in ears. Unfortunately, I am not able to quite understand the purpose of this story. Perhaps, it is to describe the humor of eccentricity of people or the humor of contradiction of people's behavior or just for simple entertainment? I hope you will figure it out by yourself. This is a detective story, so you might think you have to read quite carefully to solve the mystery. Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Erfolgstitel des großen japanischen Romanciers 15. Mai 2001
Von Ein Kunde
Murakami wie er leibt und lebt: phantastische Elemente in einer ziemlich realen Welt!Keine Superhelden, aber auf ihre Weise clever werden die Probleme, die sich bei so einem Abentteuer nunmal stellen, gelöst. Immer wieder überrascht Murakami mit intelligenten Einfällen und unkonventionellen Auswegen aus vertrackten Situationen, nach einer etwas weniger gut gelungenen Einleitung wird das Buch spannend und behält bis zum Schluß seine Frische. Erinnert irgendwie an Chandler, aber besser gestrickt! Murakami versteht es, den Leser zu fesseln!
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Haruki Murakami has the depth of perception of Mishima, the beauty of Kawabata, and the sense of wonder of Abe. This is the story of an ordinary man who has learned to roll with whatever life hurls his way. His wife leaves him - he reasons that she probably never really felt like she belonged to him anyway. His best friend disappears after sending him a picture of a sheep - he's sure his friend will show up again. The sheep turns out to have mysterious mental powers and is trying to take over the world - well, we'll stop him somehow. The beauty of this book is how effortless it all is for Murakami. There are passages of incredible beauty, as well as breathtaking humor, all delivered almost conversationally. I've read this book at least fifty times, and it never grows old. I have thankfully never taken any literature classes - I have, however, read thousands of books in my time - and for my money, Murakami is the best writer walking. Forget about the Lit Crit Voodoo Guru Of The Month - this guy is the real thing!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Well done, Alfred Birnbaum 10. Juni 2000
Von LeBoucher
As with most of the other reviewers, I very much enjoy Murakami's view of Japan and love his wonderful use of the absurd. A special word though must go to the translator Alfred Birnbaum who did such a great job on this and also on Hard Boiled Wonderland (which is an even better quasi-detective yarn). Reading this book, hilarious in part, insightful and desperately sad in others, its not hard to see why Murakami is one of Japan's best selling authors.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Well... 14. Juni 2004
Von Ire
like almost always with this author the story-line is not important. What is important
is the way the hero acts in (t)his sinister world, the way he observes circumstances
and people. Just by the way it is always amazing to see how he never tries to evade difficult, scaring or even horrifying situations. He never says "no" and is getting
into always bigger troubles, growing with them.
well, i am a real fan of HARUKI MURAKAMI, but of this book i was somehow disappointed.
of course there are some nice details:
"Mid-30s to 40 in age, five foot ten plus in height, trimmed of every lastounce of fat, slender hands without telltalewrinkles. His long fingers suggested nothing so much as a troop of animals that had retained deep primal memories despite long years of training and control. His fingernails were meticulouslymanicured, a clean, perfect arc at the end of each fingertip. Truly beautiful HANDS, if somehow unsettling. They bespoke a high degree of specialization in some rarefied field - but what that field might be was anyone's guess." (p.61)
"The room was utterly silent. Now there is the SILENCE you encounter in entering a grand manor. And there is the silence that comes of too few people in too big a space. But this was a different quality of silence altogether. A ponderous, oppressive silence. A silence reminiscent,... of the silence that hangs around a terminal patient. A silence pregnant with the presentiment of death. The air faintly musty and ominous." (p.124)
Now, i really like him for this kind of describing the unseen, the "normally" unnoticed things but here he does not reach the depth and sometimes scaring depiction of the yet unknown but present of his book "the wind-up bird chronicle".
at least one can view it as some kind of preludium or preparation...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Too much 'Wild', not enough 'Chase'
When reading a review of Murakami, I stumbled across references to Chekhov, Kafka, Carver, Tom Robbins, Vonnegut. All favourites of mine. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 18. Juni 2000 von Mike Stone
4.0 von 5 Sternen Best of the "Fun Reads"
By calling this book a "Fun Read," I don't mean to imply that there is a scarcity of things to think about. There is plenty. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 5. Juni 2000 von Brendan W Kerr
5.0 von 5 Sternen Murakami is the man!
Murakami is one of my all time favorite authors. I admire his lyric style, his mood painting, his searing perceptiveness as he gets right into the human soul, and his imaginative... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 19. Mai 2000 von M. H. Bayliss
5.0 von 5 Sternen For those who don't know, this is the third one
For those who don't know, this is the third book of his chronology: (1) Listen to the Wind Song; (2) 1973's Pinball; (3) A Wild Sheep Chase. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 12. April 2000 von squidleun4
5.0 von 5 Sternen Best Murakami
This was the first of Murakami's translated works I read and it is the most absorbing because it is a tightly woven mind exercise. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 26. März 2000 von Karen
4.0 von 5 Sternen A minor 'Wind Up Bird Chronicle'
I came to this book fresh from reading Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, which entranced me. Whilst I enjoyed this also, it is more lightweight, and also more linear than W-UBC. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 23. März 2000 von Pirlo
5.0 von 5 Sternen Outstanding!
I am an avid reader of all fiction and this has to be one of the best books I've read in years. It has suspense, humor and philosophy all rolled into one. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 25. Dezember 1999 veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen A Strange and Beautiful Book
I've never read a novel which passed between the mundane and the bizarre so easily. Once I accepted that a magical sheep with a star on its fleece could become an obsession to an... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 11. Dezember 1999 veröffentlicht
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