A Wild Sheep Chase Book

A Wild Sheep Chase | Download eBook Read Pdf-ePub-Kindle

Download full pdf book A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami available in full 364 pages, and make sure to check out other latest books Fiction related to A Wild Sheep Chase below.

A Wild Sheep Chase

By Haruki Murakami
  • ISBN Code: : 0307762726
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Pages : 364
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 841
  • Book Compatibility : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Pdf : a-wild-sheep-chase.pdf

Book Excerpt :

A New York Times bestselling author—and “a mythmaker for the millennium, a wiseacre wiseman” (New York Times Book Review)—delivers a surreal and elaborate quest that takes readers from Tokyo to the remote mountains of northern Japan, where the unnamed protagonist has a surprising confrontation with his demons. An advertising executive receives a postcard from a friend and casually appropriates the image for an advertisement. What he doesn’t realize is that included in the scene is a mutant sheep with a star on its back, and in using this photo he has unwittingly captured the attention of a man who offers a menacing ultimatum: find the sheep or face dire consequences.

Recommended Books For Reading


  • Wind/Pinball
    Wind/Pinball

    A Book written by Haruki Murakami, published by Bond Street Books 2015-08-04 - 304 pages - part of Fiction books.

    Get eBook
  • Dance Dance Dance
    Dance Dance Dance

    A Book written by Haruki Murakami, published by Vintage 2010-11-17 - 416 pages - part of Fiction books.

    Get eBook
  • Vintage Murakami
    Vintage Murakami

    A Book written by Haruki Murakami, published by Vintage 2007-12-18 - 189 pages - part of Fiction books.

    Get eBook
  • The Folkloresque
    The Folkloresque

    A Book written by Michael Dylan Foster,Jeffrey A. Tolbert, published by University Press of Colorado 2015-11-01 - 272 pages - part of Social Science books.

    Get eBook
  • Absolutely on Music
    Absolutely on Music

    A Book written by Haruki Murakami,Seiji Ozawa, published by Bond Street Books 2016-11-15 - 224 pages - part of Music books.

    Get eBook
  • When Tito Loved Clara
    When Tito Loved Clara

    A Book written by Jon Michaud, published by Algonquin Books 2011-03-08 - 352 pages - part of Fiction books.

    Get eBook
  • Fictional Leaders
    Fictional Leaders

    A Book written by Jonathan Gosling,Peter Villiers, published by Springer 2012-11-14 - 261 pages - part of Business & Economics books.

    Get eBook

Read Also This Books

Ciscoe's Dance

By Marion Hill
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Red Mango Publishing
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 180
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 100
  • Pdf File: ciscoe-s-dance.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Ciscoe’s Dance will transport you to the fictional world of Kammbia, where a new adventure is about to begin. The latest novel from popular author Marion Hill is an escape into an alternate universe, one in which magic can indeed happen. Professional dancers Ciscoe and Latisha Maldonado have been happily married for 16 years. During that time, they have earned a good living performing at the finest nightclubs in Walter’s Grove’s famous Roxie & Penelope District. Performing traditional dances to the city’s treasured Guanamamma music, they’re the opening act for the evening, readying partygoers for an evening out on the town. All goes well until Piccanta music, the latest trend, springs onto the scene. A modern style of music with its own style of dancing, Piccanta music threatens to eclipse the old ways — and with them, the traditional Guanamamma dancers and musicians. Crowds at Ciscoe and Latisha’s performances dwindle as people flock to Piccanta clubs. But certainly, Ciscoe and Latisha thought, the Festival of Josette will remain true to its roots and include Guanamamma performers among its featured acts. After all, the festival has been a Walter’s Grove tradition for years. Why wouldn’t the year's major festival include performances of the city’s cultural treasure? The festival’s organizers thought otherwise. When Ciscoe and Latisha heard that their act had been dropped from the festival lineup, their hopes were dashed. It seemed as if their world was coming to an end. Where could they perform? Will they — and their beloved Guanamamma music — become a relic of the past? And worse, will this treasured tradition be lost forever to the people of Walter’s Grove? Then, intrigue enters the picture. Ciscoe will learn that his past impacts his future. A woman’s scorn cuts deeper than he could have imagined. How will this affect his marriage? And will this woman’s bitterness devastate his career? But then, a connection from a new group holds out promise. Will this group coalesce into a fan base that will give traditional Guanamamma dancing and music a new birth in the city of its origin? And, to Ciscoe’s surprise, once-hidden family ties will reveal themselves from a connection he has known for a long time. Ciscoe’s Dance celebrates the symbiotic connection between music and dance and how it created a city. As the first book of Hill’s Dance & Listen series, this novel carries with it the promise of more adventures to come.

California

By Edan Lepucki
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Little, Brown
  • Book Code : 0316250821
  • Total of Pages : 400
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 626
  • Pdf File: california.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The highly acclaimed, instant New York Times bestseller that "shows the moment-by-moment reality of a painful possible future, the price we may have to pay for our passionate devotion to all of the wrong things." --Sarah Stone, San Francisco Chronicle The world Cal and Frida have always known is gone, and they've left the crumbling city of Los Angeles far behind them. They now live in a shack in the wilderness, working side-by-side to make their days tolerable in the face of hardship and isolation. Mourning a past they can't reclaim, they seek solace in each other. But the tentative existence they've built for themselves is thrown into doubt when Frida finds out she's pregnant. Terrified of the unknown and unsure of their ability to raise a child alone, Cal and Frida set out for the nearest settlement, a guarded and paranoid community with dark secrets. These people can offer them security, but Cal and Frida soon realize this community poses dangers of its own. In this unfamiliar world, where everything and everyone can be perceived as a threat, the couple must quickly decide whom to trust. A gripping and provocative debut novel by a stunning new talent, California imagines a frighteningly realistic near future, in which clashes between mankind's dark nature and deep-seated resilience force us to question how far we will go to protect the ones we love.

Marion's 25

By Marion Hill
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Red Mango Publishing via PublishDrive
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 60
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 296
  • Pdf File: marion-s-25.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The book you need to read when you don’t know what books to read! Reading is one of life’s great pleasures, and every time you discover a new book it brings a world of excitement and a new emotional journey into your life. It also creates a unique connection between you, the author, and the other readers who have experienced the book for themselves. But with so many books to choose from, how do you decide what to read? The amount of choice can be overwhelming for seasoned readers and those who are new to books alike. Marion’s 25 solves the problem by offering numerous ideas for great reads, all in one convenient place. Marion Hill, author of the popular Kammbia series of fantasy novels, brings you reviews of 25 of his favorite novels in a wide variety of genres, helping you to decide what to read next, no matter your literary tastes. Marion has reviewed over 160 novels of all genres in his career as a book review blogger since 2011, and here he offers a diverse selection of those he has enjoyed most. You will find reviews of award-winning novels including Bel Canto by Ann Patchett (winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction and the PEN / Faulkner Award for Fiction, 2002) and Emily St John Mantel’s Station Eleven, which received the Arthur C Clarke Award in 2015; popular fantasy novels including Helene Wecker’s debut novel The Golem and the Jinni and The Name of the Wind, first novel in Patrick Rothfuss’s popular Kingkiller Trilogy; the critically acclaimed science fiction novel Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson; and mystery novels including The Long Way Home by New York Times #1 bestselling author Louise Penny plus many more. Whatever types of books you enjoy, you can find something here to expand your reading repertoire and enable you to discover a whole world of exciting books and new authors. Since his early days as a bookstore assistant, Marion Hill has been a passionate reader. He loves the connection that recommending different books to other readers can bring. Now, as a successful author and book reviewer in his own right, he wants to share his love of books with you so you can experience the same joy he feels whenever he enters the world of a new book. Marion’s 25 is the book you need to read so you never again need to wonder what books to read!

The Strange Library

By Haruki Murakami
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Bond Street Books
  • Book Code : 0385683154
  • Total of Pages : 72
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 724
  • Pdf File: the-strange-library.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Fully illustrated and beautifully designed, this is a unique and wonderfully creepy tale that is sure to delight Murakami fans. "All I did was go to the library to borrow some books." On his way home from school, the young narrator of The Strange Library finds himself wondering how taxes were collected in the Ottoman Empire. He pops into the local library to see if it has a book on the subject. This is his first mistake. Led to a special 'reading room' in a maze under the library by a strange old man, he finds himself imprisoned with only a sheep man, who makes excellent donuts, and a girl, who can talk with her hands, for company. His mother will be worrying why he hasn't returned in time for dinner and the old man seems to have an appetite for eating small boy's brains. How will he escape?

Postmodernism and Japan

By Masao Miyoshi,Harry Harootunian
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Duke University Press
  • Book Code : 0822381559
  • Total of Pages : 329
  • Category : History
  • Members : 769
  • Pdf File: postmodernism-and-japan.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Postmodernism and Japan is a coherent yet diverse study of the dynamics of postmodernism, as described by Lyotard, Baudrillard, Deleuze, and Guatarri, from the often startling perspective of a society bent on transforming itself into the image of Western “enlightenment” wealth and power. This work provides a unique view of a society in transition and confronting, like its models in the West, the problems induced by the introduction of new forms of knowledge, modes of production, and social relationships.

Sputnik Sweetheart

By Haruki Murakami
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Book Code : 0375413464
  • Total of Pages : 224
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 814
  • Pdf File: sputnik-sweetheart.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Part romance, part detective story, Sputnik Sweetheart tells the story of a tangled triangle of uniquely unrequited love. K is madly in love with his best friend, Sumire, but her devotion to a writerly life precludes her from any personal commitments. At least, that is, until she meets an older woman to whom she finds herself irresistibly drawn. When Sumire disappears from an island off the coast of Greece, K is solicited to join the search party—and finds himself drawn back into her world and beset by ominous visions. Subtle and haunting, Sputnik Sweetheart is a profound meditation on human longing.

After Dark

By Haruki Murakami
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Vintage Canada
  • Book Code : 0307370488
  • Total of Pages : 256
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 452
  • Pdf File: after-dark.pdf

Book Short Summary:

A short, sleek novel of encounters set in the witching hours of Tokyo between midnight and dawn, and every bit as gripping as Haruki Murakami’s masterworks The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and Kafka on the Shore. At its center are two sisters: Yuri, a fashion model sleeping her way into oblivion; and Mari, a young student soon led from solitary reading at an anonymous Denny’s into lives radically alien to her own: those of a jazz trombonist who claims they’ve met before; a burly female “love hotel” manager and her maidstaff; and a Chinese prostitute savagely brutalized by a businessman. These “night people” are haunted by secrets and needs that draw them together more powerfully than the differing circumstances that might keep them apart, and it soon becomes clear that Yuri’s slumber–mysteriously tied to the businessman plagued by the mark of his crime – will either restore or annihilate her. After Dark moves from mesmerizing drama to metaphysical speculation, interweaving time and space as well as memory and perspective into a seamless exploration of human agency – the interplay between self-expression and understanding, between the power of observation and the scope of compassion and love. Murakami’s trademark humor, psychological insight, and grasp of spirit and morality are here distilled with an extraordinary, harmonious mastery. “Eyes mark the shape of the city. Through the eyes of a high-flying night bird, we take in the scene from midair. In our broad sweep, the city looks like a single gigantic creature–or more, like a single collective entity created by many intertwining organisms. Countless arteries stretch to the ends of its elusive body, circulating a continuous supply of fresh blood cells, sending out new data and collecting the old, sending out new consumables and collecting the old, sending out new contradictions and collecting the old. To the rhythm of its pulsing, all parts of the body flicker and flare up and squirm. Midnight is approaching, and while the peak of activity has indeed passed, the basal metabolism that maintains life continues undiminished, producing the basso continuo of the city’s moan, a monotonous sound that neither rises nor falls but is pregnant with foreboding.” —from After Dark

The Necessary Beggar

By Susan Palwick
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Tor Books
  • Book Code : 1429959576
  • Total of Pages : 320
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 404
  • Pdf File: the-necessary-beggar.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Susan Palwick, author of the remarkable Flying in Place, now returns with a compelling new novel of a family cast out of an idyllic realm, learning to live in our own troubled world. With its richly imagined portrayal of a lost culture, complete with poetry and fables, traditions and customs, and its searing yet sympathetic view of own society as seen through new eyes, The Necessary Beggar is an compelling examination of humanity and the redemptive power of love, in the spirit of Ursula K. Le Guin's The Dispossessed and Robert A. Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land. Lémabantunk, the Glorious City, is a place of peace and plenty, of festivals and flowers, bejeweled streets and glittering waterfalls. But it is also a land of severe justice. Darroti, a young merchant, has been accused of an unforgiveable crime – the brutal murder a highborn woman. Now, in keeping with the customs of their world, his entire family must share in his punishment – exile to the unknown world that lies beyond a mysterious gate. Passing through that gate, and grieving for the life they leave behind, Darroti and his family find themselves in a harsh and hostile land – America just a few years hence, a country under attack in a world torn by hatred and warfare. Unable to explain their origin, they are rapidly remanded to an internment camp in the Nevada desert, along with thousands of other refugees. There they endeavor to make sense of this ill-fated land where strange gods are worshipped, and living things like flowers and insects are not respected. After Darroti, unable to bear his disgrace, takes his life, the rest of the family escapes to the outside world. There, each tries to cope in their own way. Timbor, the head of the clan, troubled by the restless spirit of his departed son who comes to him in dreams, does his best to preserve the old ways, and avoid conflict with the outsiders. His eldest son Masofo, who calls himself Max, is lured by the worldly temptations of this new world, while his second son, Erolorit, strives to make a decent life for his family. But it is Timor's granddaughter, Zamatryna, who is the quickest to adjust to this strange new world. It is she who is the first to learn its language, to adopt its customs, to accept this place as her new home. And, as the strain of adapting themselves to this new life begins to tear the family apart, it is Zama, sustained by the extraordinary love of an ordinary young man, who finds a way to heal their grief and give them new hope. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Murakami T

By Haruki Murakami
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Bond Street Books
  • Book Code : 0385667051
  • Total of Pages : 240
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 235
  • Pdf File: murakami-t.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The international literary icon opens his eclectic closet: Here are photographs of Murakami’s extensive and personal T-shirt collection, accompanied by essays that reveal a side of the writer rarely seen by the public. Many of Haruki Murakami's fans know about his massive vinyl record collection (10,000 albums!) and his obsession with running, but few have heard about a more intimate passion: his T-shirt collecting. In Murakami T, the famously reclusive novelist shows us his T-shirts—from concert shirts to never-worn whiskey-themed Ts, and from beloved bookstore swag to the shirt that inspired the iconic short story "Tony Takitani." These photographs are paired with short, frank essays that include Murakami's musings on the joy of drinking Guinness in local pubs across Ireland, the pleasure of eating a burger upon arrival in the United States, and Hawaiian surf culture in the 1980s. Together, these photographs and reflections reveal much about Murakami's multifaceted and wonderfully eccentric persona.

The Elephant Vanishes

By Haruki Murakami
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Book Code : 0307762734
  • Total of Pages : 328
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 445
  • Pdf File: the-elephant-vanishes.pdf

Book Short Summary:

In the tales that make up The Elephant Vanishes, the imaginative genius that has made Haruki Murakami an international superstar is on full display. In these stories, a man sees his favorite elephant vanish into thin air; a newlywed couple suffers attacks of hunger that drive them to hold up a McDonald’s in the middle of the night; and a young woman discovers that she has become irresistible to a little green monster who burrows up through her backyard. By turns haunting and hilarious, in The Elephant Vanishes Murakami crosses the border between separate realities—and comes back bearing remarkable treasures. Includes the story "Barn Burning," which is the basis for the major motion picture Burning.

The Girl Who Could Fly

By Victoria Forester
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Feiwel & Friends
  • Book Code : 1429986360
  • Total of Pages : 336
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Members : 613
  • Pdf File: the-girl-who-could-fly.pdf

Book Short Summary:

You just can't keep a good girl down . . . unless you use the proper methods. Piper McCloud can fly. Just like that. Easy as pie. Sure, she hasn't mastered reverse propulsion and her turns are kind of sloppy, but she's real good at loop-the-loops. Problem is, the good folk of Lowland County are afraid of Piper. And her ma's at her wit's end. So it seems only fitting that she leave her parents' farm to attend a top-secret, maximum-security school for kids with exceptional abilities. School is great at first with a bunch of new friends whose skills range from super-strength to super-genius. (Plus all the homemade apple pie she can eat!) But Piper is special, even among the special. And there are consequences. Consequences too dire to talk about. Too crazy to consider. And too dangerous to ignore. At turns exhilarating and terrifying, Victoria Forester's debut novel has been praised by Stephenie Meyer, author of the Twilight saga, as "the oddest/sweetest mix of Little House on the Prairie and X-Men...Prepare to have your heart warmed." The Girl Who Could Fly is an unforgettable story of defiance and courage about an irrepressible heroine who can, who will, who must . . . fly. This title has Common Core connections. Praise for Victoria Forester and The Girl Who Could Fly: "It's the oddest/sweetest mix of Little House on the Prairie and X-Men. I was smiling the whole time (except for the part where I cried). I gave it to my mom, and I'm reading it to my kids—it's absolutely multigenerational. Prepare to have your heart warmed." Stephenie Meyer, author of the Twilight saga "In this terrific debut novel, readers meet Piper McCloud, the late-in-life daughter of farmers...The story soars, just like Piper, with enough loop-de-loops to keep kids uncertain about what will come next....Best of all are the book's strong, lightly wrapped messages about friendship and authenticity and the difference between doing well and doing good."--Booklist, Starred Review "Forester's disparate settings (down-home farm and futuristic ice-bunker institute) are unified by the rock-solid point of view and unpretentious diction... any child who has felt different will take strength from Piper's fight to be herself against the tide of family, church, and society."--The Horn Book Review The Girl Who Could Fly is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

Overcoming Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors

By Charles S. Mansueto,Sherrie Mansfield Vavrichek,Ruth Goldfinger Golomb
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : New Harbinger Publications
  • Book Code : 1684033667
  • Total of Pages : 216
  • Category : Self-Help
  • Members : 340
  • Pdf File: overcoming-body-focused-repetitive-behaviors.pdf

Book Short Summary:

“The definitive guide for those who pick or pull.” —Reid Wilson, PhD, author Stopping the Noise in Your Head A comprehensive treatment plan grounded in evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to help you overcome body-focused repetitive behaviors for good! If you have body-focused repetitive behaviors (BFRB) such as hair pulling (trichotillomania) or skin picking (dermatillomania), you may feel embarrassed about seeking help. But there are proven-effective strategies you can use to overcome these behaviors and improve your overall quality of life—this book will show you how. In this evidence-based resource, three renowned experts and clinicians offer powerful CBT skills to help you move past BFRB. You’ll learn why you engage in these behaviors, and how to identify your own sensory “triggers”—places, things, or experiences that cause your behavior to become worse. Finally, you’ll learn strategies to use when faced with these triggers, and develop your own customized “plan of action” for moving beyond BFRB for good. With time, practice, and solid skills for managing stress, anxiety, urges, and other triggers, this book will help you break free from BFRB and feel more in control of your life.

Detecting Texts

By Patricia Merivale,Susan Elizabeth Sweeney
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : University of Pennsylvania Press
  • Book Code : 0812205456
  • Total of Pages : 320
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 795
  • Pdf File: detecting-texts.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Although readers of detective fiction ordinarily expect to learn the mystery's solution at the end, there is another kind of detective story—the history of which encompasses writers as diverse as Poe, Borges, Robbe-Grillet, Auster, and Stephen King—that ends with a question rather than an answer. The detective not only fails to solve the crime, but also confronts insoluble mysteries of interpretation and identity. As the contributors to Detecting Texts contend, such stories belong to a distinct genre, the "metaphysical detective story," in which the detective hero's inability to interpret the mystery inevitably casts doubt on the reader's similar attempt to make sense of the text and the world. Detecting Texts includes an introduction by the editors that defines the metaphysical detective story and traces its history from Poe's classic tales to today's postmodernist experiments. In addition to the editors, contributors include Stephen Bernstein, Joel Black, John T. Irwin, Jeffrey T. Nealon, and others.

Norwegian Wood

By Haruki Murakami
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Book Code : 0307762718
  • Total of Pages : 307
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 391
  • Pdf File: norwegian-wood.pdf

Book Short Summary:

A magnificent coming-of-age story steeped in nostalgia, Norwegian Wood blends the music, the mood, and the ethos that were the sixties with a young man’s hopeless and heroic first love. Toru, a serious young college student in Tokyo, is devoted to Naoko, a beautiful and introspective young woman, but their mutual passion is marked by the tragic death of their best friend years before. As Naoko retreats further into her own world, Toru finds himself drawn to a fiercely independent and sexually liberated young woman. Stunning and elegiac, Norwegian Wood first propelled Haruki Murakami into the forefront of the literary scene.

Version Control

By Dexter Palmer
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Book Code : 0307907600
  • Total of Pages : 336
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 263
  • Pdf File: version-control.pdf

Book Short Summary:

An NPR, GQ, and Buzzfeed Best Book of the Year One of The Washington Post’s best science fiction and fantasy books of the year The acclaimed author of The Dream of Perpetual Motion returns with a compelling novel about the effects of science and technology on our friendships, our love lives, and our sense of self. Rebecca Wright has reclaimed her life, finding her way out of her grief and depression following a personal tragedy years ago. She spends her days working in customer support for the internet dating site where she first met her husband. But she has a strange, persistent sense that everything around her is somewhat off-kilter: she constantly feels as if she has walked into a room and forgotten what she intended to do there; on TV, the President seems to be the wrong person in the wrong place; her dreams are full of disquiet. Meanwhile, her husband's decade-long dedication to his invention, the causality violation device (which he would greatly prefer you not call a “time machine”) has effectively stalled his career and made him a laughingstock in the physics community. But he may be closer to success than either of them knows or can possibly imagine. Version Control is about a possible near future, but it’s also about the way we live now. It’s about smart phones and self-driving cars and what we believe about the people we meet on the Internet. It’s about a couple, Rebecca and Philip, who have experienced a tragedy, and about how they help—and fail to help—each other through it. Emotionally powerful and stunningly visionary, Version Control will alter the way you see your future and your present.

Killing Commendatore

By Haruki Murakami
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Bond Street Books
  • Book Code : 0385690703
  • Total of Pages : 608
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 653
  • Pdf File: killing-commendatore.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The epic new novel from the internationally acclaimed and best-selling author of 1Q84 In Killing Commendatore, a thirty-something portrait painter in Tokyo is abandoned by his wife and finds himself holed up in the mountain home of a famous artist, Tomohiko Amada. When he discovers a previously unseen painting in the attic, he unintentionally opens a circle of mysterious circumstances. To close it, he must complete a journey that involves a mysterious ringing bell, a two-foot-high physical manifestation of an Idea, a dapper businessman who lives across the valley, a precocious thirteen-year-old girl, a Nazi assassination attempt during World War II in Vienna, a pit in the woods behind the artist’s home, and an underworld haunted by Double Metaphors. A tour de force of love and loneliness, war and art—as well as a loving homage to The Great Gatsby—Killing Commendatore is a stunning work of imagination from one of our greatest writers.

The Flag Captain

By Alexander Kent
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Book Code : 140700977X
  • Total of Pages : 384
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 776
  • Pdf File: the-flag-captain.pdf

Book Short Summary:

If you love adventure, tight plotting, excellent characterization and vivid writing, set your course for this compelling and captivating naval adventure from multi-million copy seller Alexander Kent. Fans of Patrick O'Brian and C. S. Forester will not be disappointed. Do not miss out! 'One of our foremost writers of naval fiction' -- Sunday Times 'Fans of the Hornblower stories have a treat in THE FLAG CAPTAIN...The book is full of action - and character.' -- Sunday Mirror 'Engrossing' -- ***** Reader review 'An emotional tour de force' -- ***** Reader review 'Typical Alexander Kent " Bolitho " novel - every book in the series has kept me enthralled. I struggle to put them down until the end' -- ***** Reader review 'Superb with unexpected twists and turns, fascinating plot lines and gripping descriptions of naval battles' -- ***** Reader review ************************************************************************** 1797: Richard Bolitho brings the 100-gun Euryalus home to Falmouth to be flagship of the hastily formed squadron which has been chosen to make the first British re-entry to the Mediterranean for nearly a year. As flag captain, Bolitho is made to contend with the unyielding attitudes of his new admiral, as well as the devious requirements of the squadron's civilian advisor. England is still stunned by the naval mutiny at Spithead, in which Bolitho's admiral was personally involved, and as the squadron sets sail, the air is already alive with rumour of an even greater uprising in the ships at the Nore. Only when the squadron is drawn to a bloody embrace with the enemy does the admiral see the strength in Bolitho's trust and care for his men - but by then it is almost too late for any of them. Bolitho's adventures continue in Signal, Close Action!

The Redemption of Time

By Baoshu
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Tor Books
  • Book Code : 1250306019
  • Total of Pages : 272
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 270
  • Pdf File: the-redemption-of-time.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Set in the universe of the New York Times bestselling Three-Body Problem trilogy, The Redemption of Time continues Cixin Liu’s multi-award-winning science fiction saga. This original story by Baoshu—published with Liu’s support—envisions the aftermath of the conflict between humanity and the extraterrestrial Trisolarans. In the midst of an interstellar war, Yun Tianming found himself on the front lines. Riddled with cancer, he chose to end his life, only to find himself flash frozen and launched into space where the Trisolaran First Fleet awaited. Captured and tortured beyond endurance for decades, Yun eventually succumbed to helping the aliens subjugate humanity in order to save Earth from complete destruction. Granted a healthy clone body by the Trisolarans, Yun has spent his very long life in exile as a traitor to the human race. Nearing the end of his existence at last, he suddenly receives another reprieve—and another regeneration. A consciousness calling itself The Spirit has recruited him to wage battle against an entity that threatens the existence of the entire universe. But Yun refuses to be a pawn again and makes his own plans to save humanity’s future... At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Underground

By Haruki Murakami
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Book Code : 0307762750
  • Total of Pages : 384
  • Category : History
  • Members : 544
  • Pdf File: underground.pdf

Book Short Summary:

In this haunting work of journalistic investigation, Haruki Murakami tells the story of the horrific terrorist attack on Japanese soil that shook the entire world. On a clear spring day in 1995, five members of a religious cult unleashed poison gas on the Tokyo subway system. In attempt to discover why, Haruki Murakmi talks to the people who lived through the catastrophe, and in so doing lays bare the Japanese psyche. As he discerns the fundamental issues that led to the attack, Murakami paints a clear vision of an event that could occur anytime, anywhere.

The 13 Nights of Halloween

By Guy Vasilovich
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Book Code : 0062183664
  • Total of Pages : 40
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Members : 301
  • Pdf File: the-13-nights-of-halloween.pdf

Book Short Summary:

On the first night of Halloween, my mummy gives to me…a bright, shiny Skeleton Key! Sing along with this fun and silly Halloween take on the classic song “The 12 Days of Christmas." For each of the thirteen nights leading up to the creepiest—and silliest—night of the year, the mummy is ready with gifts. From singing skulls to demons dancing to icky eyeballs, each one is spookier and slimier than the next! This holiday mashup is the perfect way to gear up for Halloween celebrations. Filled with tricks and treats, laughs and smiles, this picture book’s catchy text and whimsical illustrations are sure to make the Halloween season even more fun! Perfect for fans of Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds.

Rashomon and Other Stories

By Ryunosuke Akutagawa
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Tuttle Publishing
  • Book Code : 1462900119
  • Total of Pages : 128
  • Category : Literary Collections
  • Members : 425
  • Pdf File: rashomon-and-other-stories.pdf

Book Short Summary:

"Clear-eyed glimpses of human behavior in the extremities of poverty, stupidity, greed, vanity… Story-telling of an unconventional sort, with most of the substance beneath the shining, enameled surface." —The New York Times Book Review Widely acknowledged as "the father of the Japanese short story," Ryunosuke Akutagawa remains one of the most influential Japanese writers of all time. Rashomon and Other Stories, a collection of his most celebrated work, resonates as strongly today as when it first published a century ago. This volume includes: In a Grove: An iconic, contradictory tale of the murder of a samurai in a forest near Kyoto told through three varying accounts Rashomon: A masterless samurai contemplates following a life of crime as he encounters an old woman at the old Rashomon gate outside Kyoto Yam Gruel: A low-ranking court official laments his position all the while yearning for his favorite, yet humble, dish The Martyr: Set in Japan's Christian missionary era, a young boy is excommunicated for fathering an illegitimate child, but not all is as it seems Kesa and Morito: An adulterous couple plots to kill the woman's husband as the situation threatens to spin out of control The Dragon: A priest concocts a prank involving a dragon, but the tall tale begins to take on a life of its own With a new foreward by noted Akutagawa scholar Seiji Lippit, this updated version of a classic collection is a an excellent, readable introduction to Japanese literature.

Tibetan Peach Pie

By Tom Robbins
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Book Code : 0062267426
  • Total of Pages : 384
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 343
  • Pdf File: tibetan-peach-pie.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Internationally bestselling novelist and American icon Tom Robbins' legendary memoir--wild tales of his life and times, both at home and around the globe. Tom Robbins’ warm, wise, and wonderfully weird novels—including Still Life With Woodpecker, Jitterbug Perfume, and Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates—provide an entryway into the frontier of his singular imagination. Madcap but sincere, pulsating with strong social and philosophical undercurrents, his irreverent classics have introduced countless readers to natural born hitchhiking cowgirls, born-again monkeys, a philosophizing can of beans, exiled royalty, and problematic redheads. In Tibetan Peach Pie, Robbins turns that unparalleled literary sensibility inward, stitching together stories of his unconventional life, from his Appalachian childhood to his globetrotting adventures —told in his unique voice that combines the sweet and sly, the spiritual and earthy. The grandchild of Baptist preachers, Robbins would become over the course of half a century a poet-interruptus, an air force weatherman, a radio dj, an art-critic-turned-psychedelic-journeyman, a world-famous novelist, and a counter-culture hero, leading a life as unlikely, magical, and bizarre as those of his quixotic characters. Robbins offers intimate snapshots of Appalachia during the Great Depression, the West Coast during the Sixties psychedelic revolution, international roving before homeland security monitored our travels, and New York publishing when it still relied on trees. Written with the big-hearted comedy and mesmerizing linguistic invention for which he is known, Tibetan Peach Pie is an invitation into the private world of a literary legend.

Mind Reader

By Lior Suchard
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Book Code : 0062087398
  • Total of Pages : 240
  • Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Members : 689
  • Pdf File: mind-reader.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Renowned mentalist Lior Suchard has mystified audiences all over the world with demonstrations of his phenomenal gifts of mind reading, thought influencing, and telekinesis. In Mind Reader, Suchard celebrates the extraordinary capacity of the mind and shares secrets from his own performances and life stories, as well as from psychological studies. His creativity-boosting techniques enable readers to embrace their inner mentalist—and harness untapped mental powers to create positive change in their day-to-day life. Filled with illusions, riddles, puzzles, and practical tips, Mind Reader will help you unlock the hidden powers of your own mind.

Life After Life

By Kate Atkinson
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Bond Street Books
  • Book Code : 0385671385
  • Total of Pages : 480
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 370
  • Pdf File: life-after-life.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Here is Kate Atkinson at her most profound and inventive, in a novel that celebrates the best and worst of ourselves. What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right? During a snowstorm in England in 1910, a baby is born and dies before she can take her first breath. During a snowstorm in England in 1910, the same baby is born and lives to tell the tale. What if there were second chances? And third chances? In fact an infinite number of chances to live your life? Would you eventually be able to save the world from its own inevitable destiny? And would you even want to? Life After Life follows Ursula Todd as she lives through the turbulent events of the last century again and again. With wit and compassion, she finds warmth even in life's bleakest moments, and shows an extraordinary ability to evoke the past.

Haruki Murakami and the Search for Self-Therapy

By Jonathan Dil
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Book Code : 1350270555
  • Total of Pages : 272
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 914
  • Pdf File: haruki-murakami-and-the-search-for-self-therapy.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Haruki Murakami, a global literary phenomenon, has said that he started writing fiction as a means of self-therapy. What he has not discussed as much is what he needed self-therapy for. This book argues that by understanding more about why Murakami writes, and by linking this with the question of how he writes, readers can better understand what he writes. Murakami's fiction, in other words, can be read as a search for self-therapy. In five chapters which explore Murakami's fourteen novels to date, this book argues that there are four prominent therapeutic threads woven through Murakami's fiction that can be traced back to his personal traumas - most notably Murakami's falling out with his late father and the death of a former girlfriend – and which have also transcended them in significant ways as they have been transformed into literary fiction. The first thread looks at the way melancholia must be worked through for mourning to occur and healing to happen; the second thread looks at how symbolic acts of sacrifice can help to heal intergenerational trauma; the third thread looks at the way people with avoidant attachment styles can begin to open themselves up to love again; the fourth thread looks at how individuation can manifest as a response to nihilism. Meticulously researched and written with sensitivity, the result is a sophisticated exploration of Murakami's published novels as an evolving therapeutic project that will be of great value to all scholars of Japanese literature and culture.

Postmodernity and Cross-culturalism

By Yoshinobu Hakutani
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press
  • Book Code : 9780838639085
  • Total of Pages : 214
  • Category : Literary Collections
  • Members : 976
  • Pdf File: postmodernity-and-cross-culturalism.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Whereas the text of modernity thrived on its rhythms, symbols, and representations of beauty, and above all on its impersonality, postmodernity in the late decades of the twentieth century sought relationships outside the text - those between literature and history, philosophy, psychology, society, and culture. The exploration of such relationships is literary to postmodernity as it is ancillary to modernity."--BOOK JACKET.

Mapping the Sacred

By Jamie S. Scott,Paul Simpson-Housley
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Rodopi
  • Book Code : 9789042015449
  • Total of Pages : 526
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 474
  • Pdf File: mapping-the-sacred.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Interweaving the interpretative methods of religious studies, literary criticism and cultural geography, the essays in this volume focus on issues associated with the representation of place and space in the writing and reading of the postcolonial. The collection charts the ways in which contemporary writers extend and deepen our awareness of the ambiguities of economic, social and political relations implicated in “sacred space” - the sense of spiritual significance associated with those concrete locations in which adherents of different religious traditions, past and present, maintain a ritual sense of the sanctity of life and its cycles. Part I, “Land, Religion and Literature after Britain,” explores how postcolonial writers dramatize the contested processes of colonization, resistance and decolonization by which lands and landscapes may be viewed as now sacred, now desacralized, now resacralized. Part II, “Sacred Landscapes and Postcoloniality across International Literatures,” draws upon postcolonial theory to inquire into how contemporary fiction, drama and poetry represent themes of divine dispensation, dispossession and reclamation in regions as diverse as Haiti, Israel, Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Arctic, and the North American frontier. A critical “Afterword” considers the implications of such multi-disciplinary approaches to postcolonial literatures for present and future research in the field. Writers discussed in the essays include Russell Banks; James K. Baxter; Ursula Bethell; Erna Brodber; Marcus Clarke; Allen Curnow; Edwidge Danticat; Mak Dizdar; Sara Jeannette Duncan; Zee Edgell; “Grey Owl”; Haruki Murakami; Seamus Heaney; Peter Høeg; Hugh Hood; Janette Turner Hospital; James Houston; Dany Laferrière; B. Kojo Laing; Lee Kok Liang; K.S. Maniam; Mudrooroo; R.K. Narayan; Ngugi wa Thiong'o; Ben Okri; Chava Pinchas-Cohen; Mary Prince; Nancy Prince; Nayantara Sahgal; Ken Saro-Wiwa; Ibrahim Tahir; Amos Tutuola; W.D. Valgardson; Derek Walcott; and Rudy Wiebe. Maps accompany almost every essay.

The Fantastic in Modern Japanese Literature

By Susan Napier
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1134803354
  • Total of Pages : 272
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 941
  • Pdf File: the-fantastic-in-modern-japanese-literature.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Modern Japan's repressed anxieties, fears and hopes come to the surface in the fantastic. A close analysis of fantasy fiction, film and comics reveals the ambivalence felt by many Japanese towards the success story of the nation in the twentieth century. The Fantastic in Modern Japanese Literature explores the dark side to Japanese literature and Japanese society. It takes in the nightmarish future depicted in the animated film masterpiece, Akira, and the pastoral dream worlds created by Japan's Nobel Prize winning author Oe Kenzaburo. A wide range of fantasists, many discussed here in English for the first time, form the basis for a ground-breaking analysis of utopias, dystopias, the disturbing relationship between women, sexuality and modernity, and the role of the alien in the fantastic.

Horizon Above and Beyond

By Tharun Kurian Alex
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Partridge Publishing
  • Book Code : 1482872277
  • Total of Pages : 252
  • Category : Science
  • Members : 751
  • Pdf File: horizon-above-and-beyond.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This compilation, Horizon Above and Beyond, is the outcome of the hard efforts of past two years. Unlike other projects or approaches that attempt to pool out literature and language from each other, the following text has attempted not to catalog either the text or the contents into any particular class of subjects of concern and, thus, keeping it broad and wide. It sheds the limelight onto the research works done by the scholars of various disciplines. The technical aspect of language, such as linguistics and translation, along with literary criticism and the researches on novels, poems, short stories, films, religion, etc., are brought under a single haven, thereby extending the subjectivity of research on language and literature. Similarly the rigidity, fluidity, and hypocrisy of the various social institutions are also put into scrutiny respectively in different areas. Therefore, instead of choosing the works that are purely literary, those tinted with the flavor of other styles and outlooks are muddled together here.

Who We're Reading When We're Reading Murakami

By David Karashima
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Catapult
  • Book Code : 1593765908
  • Total of Pages : 304
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 543
  • Pdf File: who-we-re-reading-when-we-re-reading-murakami.pdf

Book Short Summary:

How did a loner destined for a niche domestic audience become one of the most famous writers alive? A "fascinating" look at the "business of bringing a best-selling novelist to a global audience" (The Atlantic)―and a “rigorous” exploration of the role of translators and editors in the creation of literary culture (The Paris Review). Thirty years ago, when Haruki Murakami’s works were first being translated, they were part of a series of pocket-size English-learning guides released only in Japan. Today his books can be read in fifty languages and have won prizes and sold millions of copies globally. How did a loner destined for a niche domestic audience become one of the most famous writers alive? This book tells one key part of the story. Its cast includes an expat trained in art history who never intended to become a translator; a Chinese American ex-academic who never planned to work as an editor; and other publishing professionals in New York, London, and Tokyo who together introduced a pop-inflected, unexpected Japanese voice to the wider literary world. David Karashima synthesizes research, correspondence, and interviews with dozens of individuals—including Murakami himself—to examine how countless behind-the-scenes choices over the course of many years worked to build an internationally celebrated author’s persona and oeuvre. His careful look inside the making of the “Murakami Industry" uncovers larger questions: What role do translators and editors play in framing their writers’ texts? What does it mean to translate and edit “for a market”? How does Japanese culture get packaged and exported for the West?

The Haruki Phenomenon

By Tomoki Wakatsuki
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Book Code : 9811575495
  • Total of Pages : 109
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 834
  • Pdf File: the-haruki-phenomenon.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This book explores the idea of a new cosmopolitan Japanese identity through a socio-cultural analysis of contemporary Japanese writer Haruki Murakami. It is the first monograph to apply the idea of cosmopolitanism to this writer’s global popularity widely known as the “Haruki phenomenon”.By pioneering an enquiry into Murakami’s cosmopolitanism, this book aims to overcome the prevailing myth of “Japaneseness”(Nihonjinron) as a form of self-identification for Japanese, and propose an alternative approach for contemplating contemporary Japanese cultural identity. Socio-cultural analysis of this author and his works shall establish Murakami’s cosmopolitan qualities and how they contribute to the cultural phenomenon of globalization. Furthermore, this book will introduce the idea of “everyday cosmopolitanism” as a relevant concept to address an emergent global cultural sphere. Unlike the traditional model of cosmopolitanism, which is sometimes regarded as idealist and elitist, “everyday cosmopolitanism” encompasses the everyday spheres of ordinary people. Tomoki Wakatsuki argues that the Haruki phenomenon, as a global and local event, echoes this important social trend today. Murakami’s departure from conventional notions of Japanese identity offers an alternative perception of identity and belonging that is useful for situating Japanese identity within a global context. This text will be of interest to students and scholars of cultural studies, global literature, contemporary Japanese literature, cultural cosmopolitanism and the global cultural sphere.