A Wild Sheep Chase is Murakami’s third novel, and the third book in his Trilogy of The Rat.
I read the first two books, Hear The Wind Sing and Pinball, 1973, in a matter of days, so I was a bit exhausted by the time I started A Wild Sheep Chase.
The story didn’t hook me as much as some other Murakami novels did. How much of it was because of the plot itself, and how much simply because I needed a Murakami break, I don’t know, but I dragged A Wild Sheep Chase on for a few weeks.
Still, the last third of the novel captured me again, and left me with a positive impression. There is a major twist in the plot and style of the book: what starts off as an unconventional mystery novel turns into a work of magical realism, the style that Murakami would eventually become known for.
Murakami sees A Wild Sheep Chase as his “real starting point” as a novelist. It’s where he found his style. The Trilogy of The Rat, in addition to being an excellent read, is also a testament to Murakami’s beginnings as an author.