I’m resurrecting this feature I adopted for Temple Library Reviews, because I’m more or less not into the proper mood to review, nor am I interested in continuing something I tired of years ago – I have long since lost the need to write full reviews for personal blogs. With that in mind, here is what I think about “A Wild Sheep Chase” by Haruki Murakami, based on just the first 100 pages I’ve read. Chances are I will spoil the book partially, so be warned.
As with all Murakami stories, the linear has no place in his narrative structure as the text flutters from moment to moment, leaving the reader to seek significance in the choice, isolated scenes in the narrator’s life. Slice of life comes to mind as a possible genre to describe the story, because a unified, central plot remains absent through the first 50 pages. Only after the introduction of the “strange man” do things pick up, but for the second 50 pages the reader is prepped with detailed accounts about the man and his boss only to be thrown into length flashbacks, which don’t seem to serve the story so far.