Dance Dance Dance

Dance Dance Dance

A Novel

Book - 1995
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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.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1995.
Edition: 1st Vintage international ed.
ISBN: 9780679753797
0679753796
Characteristics: 393 p. ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Birnbaum, Alfred

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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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