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Dance dance dance : a novel (original 1988; edition 1995)

by Haruki Murakami, Alfred Birnbaum

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Title:Dance dance dance : a novel
Authors:Haruki Murakami
Other authors:Alfred Birnbaum
Info:New York : Vintage Books, 1995.
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Dance Dance Dance by Haruki Murakami (1988)

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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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  ronchan | Nov 14, 2016 |
I'm still conflicted in my thoughts about this book... But I am coming to believe that the problems I had with the storyline were intentional. Someone else wrote that the story slowly unravels until you can't pull the threads back together again. That is a wonderful analogy in many ways. My major issue were the supernatural elements present in several key places and their place in the overall storyarc. They were entirely unnecessary in that this was mostly a story about a middle aged divorcee trying to find his way in life again. Why add the supernatural to the mix when it is almost peripheral?

Aside from the story itself, the writing was beautiful and guarantees I'll being reading more of Murakami's work. He is an author that I want to read slowly, to relish his way with presenting characters and ideas. ( )
  GoldenDarter | Sep 15, 2016 |
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  jmail | Mar 21, 2016 |
Dance Dance Dance was an odd addition to Murakami's output. It seemed to exist halfway between his metaphysical/fantastical adventures (Wind-Up Bird, Kafka on the Shore) and his more straightforward, yet no less enigmatic novels (Norwegian Wood; South of the Border, West of the Sun). I still certainly enjoyed it and he was entertaining as ever, yet it was a strange combination nonetheless. Some of the events/characters in the book were especially unexplained- even by Murakami standards. One of the other reviews on this site mentioned that Dance Dance Dance may serve as a sort of sequel to his Wild-Sheep Chase (which is one of the other Murakami books I haven't read). This may explain some of my confusion.
Worth reading- though if you are new to Murakami I would start elsewhere (Wind-up or South of the Border). ( )
  Matthew.Ducmanas | Mar 18, 2016 |
כמו תמיד עם מורקאמי אני נשאר בסוף עם סימן שאלה. לקרוא אותו זה כמו לאכול פופקורן, בזמן שאתה באמצע אי אפשר להפסיק אבל ברגע שגמרת לא ברור לך מה אכלת והאם שבעת. לספר הוא יודע, אבל מה הוא רוצה להגיד? ( )
  amoskovacs | Feb 10, 2016 |
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I often dream about the Dolphin Hotel.
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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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