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Dance Dance Dance by Haruki Murakami
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Dance Dance Dance (1988)

by Haruki Murakami

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    A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami (cpav55, Disco_grinch)
    cpav55: Dance Dance Dance (Dans Dans Dans) maakt met Pinball 1973 en De jacht op het verloren schaap min of meer deel uit van de serie, maar het zijn wel losstaande verhalen.
    Disco_grinch: Dance, Dance, Dance is a sequel to Murakami's novel A Wild Sheep Chase
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I finally heard of Haruki Muramaki when his latest novel, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years Pilgrimage, was released in the summer 2014. It was on the Books of the Nightstand podcast where several independent bookstores across the country were having Murakami parties upon its release. I thought this kind of fanfare was only reserved for writers like Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, or J.K. Rowling. I was intrigued to find out about Haruki Murakami and why he’s beloved by so many readers.

I decided to start off my 2016 Reading Year with a Murakami novel. Dance Dance Dance is a lesser known in the author’s ouevre. The novel revolves around an unnamed protagonist who is searching for a former girlfriend that has suddenly vanished from his life. The search takes him from Tokyo to Sapporo, Japan, and even to Honolulu as well. Murakami shows readers through the lens of a detective novel how the late 1980s contemporary Japanese culture was dealing with the effects of hypercapitialism.

The unnamed protagonist begins to learn more about this former girlfriend through the connections of a thirteen year old girl with “psychic” abilities who has been abandoned by her artistic parents, a female employee from the hotel where he had last seen the woman, a troubled childhood friend who has become a famous actor and a mysterious person called the Sheep Man. The intertwining relationships with the unnamed protagonist gave the novel a ethereal, surreal quality that did not totally convince me. There was an aimlessness direction to the story that kept me offguard throughout the entire reading experience.

I connected with the teenage girl and her relationship with the unnamed protagonist and could have seen an entire novel written around those two characters. The rest of characters (especially Sheep Man) seemed airy and distant. I could not feel their presence in the novel. Dance Dance Dance was not a bad novel by any means. I loved Murakami’s pop culture references (especially his love of jazz) and his direct, abrupt prose. But I will admit that the entire story did not fully grab my attention. I would not recommend Dance Dance Dance for 1st time readers of Murakami, but suggest you try one of his more well known novels like Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, or the aforementioned Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years Pilgrimage instead. Dance Dance Dance would be for Murakami readers who want to complete their collection. ( )
1 vote kammbiamh | Mar 25, 2018 |
A dispetto di ogni aspettativa, pur rimanendo un romanzo moderno con poche pretese, si e' invece rivelato una piacevole sorpresa totalmente inaspettata (a prima vista l'autore ed il titolo facevano immaginare ben altro). Alcuni passaggi potevano effettivamente essere approfonditi meglio (sembrano un po' abbandonati arrivando al finale), ma nel complesso la trama e' discretamente riuscita, ed ha un andamento spesso insolito che si allontana in parte dai modelli che di solito possono essere utilizzati. Anche l'atteggiamento dei personaggi sa discostarsi quanto basta da certi stereotipi. Nel complesso un ottima lettura casuale, ovviamente rimane sempre un azzardo consigliare indiscriminatamente romanzi del genere. ( )
  Mlvtrglvn | Jan 5, 2018 |
Reading Murakami makes me feel alive. It makes me feel such strong emotions. After reading Norwegian Wood, I was sad, just plain sad. I wanted to talk to people who are having a hard time and make them feel better. I find it amazing that reading a book can elicit such a visceral response, but that's how much Murakami's writing connects to me. This book is no exception.

I'd say this is my best Murakami up to date. Even though nothing much happens in the book in terms of incidents, it's more like a dreamy monologue with witty and astute observations about life and human tendencies. There isn't much in terms of familiar characters from the previous books, but there are familiar places like the Dolphin hotel in Sapporo, and Tokyo, obviously.

In any case, a thoroughly enjoyable read. Very highly recommended! ( )
  Crontab_e | Sep 19, 2017 |
Recovering from a divorce and a six month hiatus from life, the narrator/protagonist is summoned by repeating dreams to return to a hotel in Hokkaido where he spent some time with Kiki, a former girl friend/call girl. The old Hotel Dolphin has been replaced with a fancier hotel bearing the same name. Upon entering a dark and murky world on the 16th floor of the hotel, the narrator meets the sheep man, a character who instructs him to dance, dance, dance (keep moving to get your life back on track) and who sends him cryptic messages. Through a series of encounters, the narrator makes new friends, reunites with old friends and becomes entangled in a murder investigation. The storytelling includes bits of reality, dream sequences and fantasy. ( )
  KatherineGregg | Aug 27, 2017 |
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  ronchan | Nov 14, 2016 |
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I often dream about the Dolphin Hotel.
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"But when I think back on my life, it's like I didn't make one choice. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and it scares me. Where's the first-person "I"? Where's the beef?"
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"Dance," said the Sheep Man. "Yougottadance. Aslongasthemusicplays. Yougottadance. Don'teventhinkwhy. Startothink, yourfeetstop. Yourfeetstop, wegetstuck. Wegetstuck, you'restuck. Sodon'tpayanymind, nomatterhowdumb. Yougottakeepthestep. Yougottalimberup. Yougottaloosenwhatyoubolteddown. Yougottauseallyougot. Weknowyou'retired, tiredandscared. Happenstoeveryone, okay? Justdon'tletyourfeetstop." --The Sheep Man, p. 86, Vintage ed.
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In this propulsive novel by the author of Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World and The Elephant Vanishes, one of the most idiosyncratically brilliant writers at work in any language fuses science fiction, the hard-boiled thriller, and white-hot satire into a new element of the literary periodic table.

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. Dance Dance Dance is a tense, poignant, and often hilarious ride through the cultural Cuisinart that is contemporary Japan, a place where everything that is not up for sale is up for grabs.

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As he searches for a mysteriously vanished girlfriend, the protagonist plunges into a wind tunnel of sexual violence and metaphysical dread in which he collides with call girls and recieves cryptic instructions from a shabby but oracular Sheep Man.

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