As he searches for a mysteriously vanished girlfriend, Haruki Murakami's protagonist plunges into a wind tunnel of sexual violence and metaphysical dread in which he collides with call girls; plays chaperone to a lovely teenaged psychic; and receives cryptic instructions from a shabby but oracular Sheep Man.
When I first started reading Murakami's books I kind of binged on a bunch all at once, so I decided to savor the last few before I would be left with nothing. Now that Kafka on the Shore is coming out (next week!) I decided to go on with the follow up to A Wild Sheep Chase, which I loved.
How does he do it? Another disappearing woman and yet it doesn't get old. Spooky, suspenseful, and profound, and yet still as familiar and satisfying as eating a bowl of spaghetti.
-Rachel Whang, Atomic Books Blog