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Dance Dance Dance (1988)

by Haruki Murakami

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Series: The Rat (4)

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In this propulsive novel, 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.… (more)
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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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  kakadoo202 | Mar 14, 2024 |
This novel is sort of a continuation of A Wild Sheep Chase, a book I read a dozen years ago, know I enjoyed, but can hardly remember. All of Murakami's protagonists seem to be much the same person, but somehow their situations and life history differs in ways that the similarities don't matter. I always enjoy his characters solving their problems in the best way they can.

The version I read shows a simple dance footstep diagram here and there. Each of the 44 chapter numbers includes some sort of line under, over, slanted next to or through it. Maybe these graphics are some sort of dance notation. Maybe they are related to or even integral to the plot - I have no idea.

Dance may have more magic than other books, but Murakami manages to ground the plot in a satisfying reality. There is heartbreak and hope, long conversations, and much day-to-day life that most writers could not carry off. The book was a treat to read. ( )
  mykl-s | Mar 3, 2024 |
Murakami is a genius. I'm really looking forward to reading [b:A Wild Sheep Chase|11298|A Wild Sheep Chase|Haruki Murakami|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1166468809s/11298.jpg|2057170] (which is the prequel). The characters are life-like but very peculiar (which makes the weird plot even more interesting), and the way the author described both their emotions and interactions made me wish I knew them in real life. ( )
  jd7h | Feb 18, 2024 |
Read this a long while ago, but remember it being one of the Murakami's I've enjoyed the most. Will re-read at some point. It would be a 4.5 if I could give it such a thing, but I'm parsimonious with my 5s and rather to profligate with my 4s, so I'm not going to bother.
  thisisstephenbetts | Nov 25, 2023 |
I've read quite a few of Murakami's novels and like most of the others I found it fascinating. His characters are always a little on the strange side but that doesn't change the fact that I can't wait to open the books and see what will happen to these bizarre characters next. And I am always impressed and intrigued by just how many western cultural themes enter into these novels taking place in Japan. References to Western music, films, and literature always featured thoroughly in these novels. Japan has a fascinating culture and it's a shame we don't see more references to it in Western literature. ( )
  kevinkevbo | Jul 14, 2023 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Murakami, Harukiprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Birnbaum, AlfredTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Degas, RupertNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mangold, SabineTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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, 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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