This book was read for the Haruki Murakami Reading Challenge
Synopsis (from Amazon)
His life was like his recurring nightmare: a train to nowhere. But an ordinary life has a way of taking an extraordinary turn. Add a girl whose ears are so exquisite that, when uncovered, they improve sex a thousand-fold, a runaway friend, a right-wing politician, an ovine-obsessed professor and a manic-depressive in a sheep outfit, implicate them in a hunt for a sheep, that may or may not be running the world, and the upshot is another singular masterpiece from Japan’s finest novelist.
I was really looking forward too reading another Murakami but it really took me a long time to get into this one. It felt very normal and that’s not what I’ve come to expect from Murakami, I was looking forward to some surrealism. For a long time it felt like a pretty standard mystery, maybe to sheep business felt a bit strange but it didn’t really feel like a sheep hunt most of the way through- I would have expected to find sheep. It did get more towards what I would call Murakami’s style, and I came to like this end, it felt a bit like a crazy, fast dream, but I felt like that was how the majority of the book should feel when really it was a majority.
I think it says a lot that it took me over a week to get through a 300 page book. That’s slow reading for me.
So not the best Murakami I’ve ever read, but the end saves it.