Wednesday, April 29, 2009

What We're Reading: A Wild Sheep Chase

A Wild Sheep Chase is a fantasy, mystery, adventure, and detective story by the most popular and widely read Japanese writer, Haruki Murakami. It is the story of the first-person, easy going narrator, "I", owner of an advertising business, who is compelled by the secretary of a powerful right-wing figure to go in search of a sheep with a star-shaped birthmark on its back. The sheep appears in a photograph taken by an old friend of the narrator - "Rat" - who has disappeared several years earlier. In the pursuit, the narrator learns about the incredible tale of the spirit of the sheep entering the bodies of certain characters. If the person has a strong character, then he can accomplish important feats in life, but if he's weak, he'll be crushed by the spirit. As Friedrich Nietzsche said: "Only strong personalities can endure history, the weak ones are extinguished by it." This novel could be a response to humanity's addiction to the concepts of power and money.

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