Dance Dance Dance Paperback – 7 Feb 2002
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"If Raymond Chandler had lived long enough to see Blade Runner, he might have written something like Dance Dance Dance" (Observer)
"An entertaining mix of modern sci-fi, nail-biting suspense and ancient myth...a sometimes funny, sometimes sinister mystery spoof, but like all good postmodern fiction, it also aims at contemporary human concerns, philosophical as well as literary" (Chicago Tribune)
"An entertaining adventure that takes us to the frozen north of Japan, to Hawaii and to the dark, damp corners of the imagination... Reading Dance Dance Dance is a bit like being taken blindfold on a joy-ride" (Independent)
"Mr Murakami writes metaphysical Far Easterns with a Western beat...there are echoes of Raymond Chandler, John Irving and Raymond Carver, but Mr. Murakami's mysterious plots and original characters are very much his own creation" (New York Times)
"Brilliantly combines elements of the surreal, film noir and existentialist enquiry" (Sunday Times)
An assault on the senses, 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.See all Product Description
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It say on the sleeve that Murakami most be one of the greatest novelists in the world - probably true this! A truly original talent.
While it isn't my favourite story by this author - that would be a toss-up between Norwegian Wood and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle - it does contain some utterly fantastic characters and typically unusual plotlines that keep you guessing even after you've reached the final page. If you've never read Murakami before, this perhaps isn't the best place to start, but it should on no account be missed.
However, and this is what the 3 stars are for, it is, like all his books, a page turner. This will seem a contradiction to what was just said, and I really do not know how he does it, but his style is so smooth and likable that even when one ends up thinking 'so what for crying out loud?' one still wants to finish the book.
If you have never read Murakami, try Sheep Chase first, then the outstanding Hard- Boiled Wonderland, then Wind-up Bird. In my opinion that's all you ever have to read by this author, but those books will stay with you for a very long and happy time.
I found this one the hardest to put down so far, and read it in 2 sittings over a weekend. As always Murakami blends the surreal with the everyday, and creates a mood and atmosphere which draws the reader in and holds you there. I found myself having to know what would happen next, slightly spooked by some of the surreal parts, and captivated by the mixture of alienation and hope which Marakami has created here.
I found myself lost into this book, and I was needing that. You can't ask for much more in a novel.
Great stuff - bring on the next one!
As always, Murakami writes beautifully and lyrically with a cast of well-thought out and believable characters and that will be enough to satisfy some. In recent interviews, the author's said that he doesn't really plan out his plots, he just sits down and writes, and I think the drawbacks of that style are particularly evident here, as things seem to rather peter out near an ending which is much more low-key than the build up suggested. I still quite liked it in places, but this is far from Murakami's best.
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