Mediocre lives we live in this mediocre modern world. Told in first-person perspective by a man whose name the author doesn't mention, this is a story about our aimless quest for something we don't have. We chase it and when we have it we take it for granted.
'The Man' (for lack of a name) has divorced his wife or rather the wife decided to call it quits with a loser who lives like a zombie. Working at an ad firm with his business partner 'the man' sleepwalks through his life. Then he chases and wins over the affection of a girl with 3 occupations who has an ear so magnificient ... you would have to read Murakami's description to get the picture.
Then suddenly a picture of sheep grazing among the mountains brings him to a Boss's experienced assistant who coolly involves 'the man' into a hunt for a special sheep with a star on its back. This Boss controls everything but he has lost the sheep so 'the man' has to find it or face doom.
Out among Northern hills 'the man' faces great characters such as the Sheep Professor, the Sheep Man, his old friend The Rat and his own mirror image.
Then on, you just keep turning the pages as it gets murkier, more thrilling, cold, breathtakingly beautiful and sad. If you think too much into what 'the man' thinks and goes through then probably you would go to the looney-ville and check in.
A thoroughly enjoyable and engaging novel from the author who knows the soul of young, lonely, aimless men of this world.