- Taschenbuch: 304 Seiten
- Verlag: Vintage; Auflage: New edition (20. April 2000)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1860467180
- ISBN-13: 978-1860467189
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13 x 2 x 19,7 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 31 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.020.700 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
A Wild Sheep Chase (Panther) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 20. April 2000
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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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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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das buch ist sehr abwechslungsreich und man möchte am liebsten gar nicht aufhören zu lesen. mein bruder fand es super.Vor 9 Monaten von Katharina veröffentlicht
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
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
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
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
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
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
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