Dance Dance Dance

Dance Dance Dance

A Novel

Book - 1994
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"He burst upon the international scene with the wildly acclaimed A Wild Sheep Chase. He quickly came to represent the quirky voice of a new generation of Japanese writers. Now Haruki Murakami gives us his wittiest, boldest, most daring work to date." "Dance dance dance continues the extraordinary adventure of an ordinary man. At thirty something, Murakami's nameless hero lives in a hi-tech, high-rise world where old virtues die fast and success is all that matters. He has shared in the glittering city's spoils, and while he has not sold his soul, he knows that something is lacking in his life." "Now, in dreams, a mysterious woman weeps softly - for him. Yet, even as he tries to understand why, the voice that beckons is not hers." "And still he dreams. Bizarre dreams that propel him down byways of his life in search of ... ? His is a strange odyssey: en route, a thirteen-year-old girl, distressingly beautiful and clairvoyant, is his constant companion; a classmate, now oozing charm on TV soaps, grapples with murder; a lady of the night becomes his guardian angel; and an eccentric Sheep Man materializes to counsel and cajole. What's a fellow to do?" "Dance. You gotta dance as long as the music plays." "And dance is what our hero does ... in the most unexpected ways!"--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Publisher: Tokyo ; New York : Kodansha International, 1994
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9784770016836
4770016832
Branch Call Number: F Mur

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wodebaobei38
Sep 02, 2017

Actually, his finest is WildSheep Chase and some of his shorter works, in which he can get a lot more said in a lot fewer pages than this one. How is it that very little in the way of Japanese culture gets mentioned in his stories except for street names, city districts and love hotels, but American culture permeates everything from movies to food to drinks to music. It's almost as if Japanese culture no longer exists in his world. No wonder a Japanese woman I know said that she doesn' t understand his work. Do we?

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Filthy_Doves
Apr 26, 2016

Murakami at his finest

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lukasevansherman
Dec 16, 2015

ith a new memoir out, now's a good time to catch up on Murakami's fiction. This early novel has some of his trademark surreal incidents (a disappearing hotel, a Sheep man), but the oddness is held in check by a strong, nuanced emotional dimension and well-drawn characters. The somewhat hapless protagonist (divorced, adrift) meets hookers, hotel clerks, movie stars, famous photographers, surly teens, tough cops, and one-armed men as he tries to navigate through a series of confusing events (disappearances, murders, dreams). It's all done with great skill, restraint, and sympathy, making for a novel that is both moving and imaginative. Makes a good double feature with "A Wild Sheep Chase."

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eiknarf
Dec 09, 2014

Top-notch Murakami, definitely worth the read. (I've read 'em all and this, for the length (it's shorter) is one of your best bets no matter where you are in his catalogue). A good route to get to know this author.

WVMLStaffPicks Oct 27, 2014

Bold, daring, and witty, one of the new generation of Japanese writers explores Generation X, high-tech living, and the world of dreams.

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LazyNeko
Jan 10, 2012

A strange and surreal tale of a search for a vanished girl that also exposes the emptiness of the materialism in a modern capitalist society. Nice to see the Sheep Man make another appearance. The events in this book seem to follow "A Wild Sheep Chase".

daymakerdave Feb 15, 2011

This was the first book I read by Murakami and I totally fell in love with it and his writing. It came recommended to me by a dear friend and I couldn't put it down. He reminds me of a Japanese Tom Robbins. Reality meets fantasy in eloquently written prose.

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8804
Jun 13, 2010

Too long by at least 50 pages. Too many aimless and unlikeable characters.

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LazyNeko
Jan 10, 2012

My mind was a huge vacuum. A vacuum that went on and on endlessly nowhere. Like the Sheep Man said, I was tired and scared. And alone. And lost. "Yougottadance," the Sheep Man said.

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