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Murakami is a story teller of towering genius!
on 7 May 2017
Although this book follows 'The Rat' trilogy, it really isn't necessary to read those first to fully appreciate Dance Dance Dance. I read The Wild Sheep Chase (the third of the trilogy) after this and it was more like a prequel, just filling in a few blanks. Dance Dance Dance will feel immediately familiar to anyone who has read Murakami before, and is a great introduction for those who haven't. Many others have described the storylines so I won't repeat any of that - suffice to say, it's a really engaging story of murder, mystery, intrigue, dreamlike or supernatural happenings depending on your interpretation, a rather hapless protangonist, a sullen teenaged girl, a one-armed poet, and of course, a dead cat. All delivered through Murakami's exquisite writing.