High-class call girls billed to Mastercard. A psychic 13-year-old dropout with a passion for Talking Heads.
A hunky matinee idol doomed to play dentists and teachers.
A one-armed beach-combing poet, an uptight hotel clerk and one very bemused narrator caught in the web of advanced capitalist mayhem.
Combine this offbeat cast of characters with Murakami's idiosyncratic prose and out comes Dance Dance Dance.
It is an assault on the sense, part murder mystery, part metaphysical speculation; a fable for our times as catchy as a rock song blasting from the window of a sports car.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 400 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 07/02/2002
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099448761
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Review by dmzach
Reality just a few degrees off from everyone else.
Review by michaeldwebb
A sequel to Wild Sheep Chase. Probably makes no sense if you haven't read that first!
Review by ablueidol
A very enjoyable read. This is the first of his books that I have read so I will be chasing up the others.Don't expect the usual crime story set-up because its about the search for self as much as solving a murder. Its all told in the first person through the eyes of a man who had breakdown in the past but recovered and built a successful professional life but not a personal one, Part of that past was a romance with a call girl in a old run down hotel. 10 years on he is getting dreams of her calling for help. this sets him on a chain of events that finds him encountering a darkness at the hotel that has replaced the old venue which is not remembered, finding a love, encountering a 13 year old and becoming embroiled in her dysfunctional family(the father being the author himself!), reconnecting with an old friend now a famous film star and perhaps a murderer of at least his own spirit, and at the same time trying to deal with the call of his dreams. He is driven to connect and dance with the rhythm of life before he can solve the mystery. Puzzled? Read the book and you won't be.
Review by thioviolight
I'm crazy about Murakami, and I fell even more deeply in love with this book than the others I've read. (This is only my fourth Murakami so far.) It's really hard for me to say which is best, but I became more involved with this one even more than the others. I didn't want it to end!As with his other work, Dance Dance Dance is filled with real characters in a contemporary setting, with loads of references to popular culture. And then there's that twist of the extraordinary, surreal, dark yet compelling. The book is easy to read and to relate to; it's both witty and chilling. Fantastic!
Review by mich_yms
Found this book extremely gripping. Murakami made the most mundane of things sound philosophical, almost, and sometimes just downright funny. Not ha-ha funny, but the kind of funny, like laughing at your own miserable life.Awesome book.
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