I loved A Wild Sheep Chase - I finished it a while back but finally got around to recording a couple of (brief) thoughts about it today.
For me, this is a great place to start if new to Haruki Murakami. The story has all the classic Murakami elements, an almost detective-like search, a mysterious, bewitching girl and wonderful surrealist aspects - most strikingly perhaps, in one hell of a strange sheep that no-one can seem to find.
My strongest impression looking back is actually (at first) thinking the ending wasn't as strong as I was expecting, yet I found myself thinking about it often in the days after. So, it was actually exactly what it needed to be.
Definitely worth a read.
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Ashley Capes is an Australian writer of fiction, poetry and very occasional non-fiction.
Imperial Towers (Never Book 5) - draft 1
Moss Dragon - draft 1
Reed Lavender (working title) - draft 1
Unnamed Spec Fic - draft 1
Whisper of Leaves (sequel) - Outline