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Dance, Dance, Dance - Haruki Murakami

Paperback Published: April 2003
ISBN: 9780099448761
Number Of Pages: 400

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High-class call girls billed to Mastercard. A psychic thirteen year-old drop-out 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. Another man caught in the web of this mayhem. Combining this offbeat cast of characters with Murakami's idiosyncratic prose it is an assault on all the senses, a murder mystery that is also philosophical speculation, and a dark fable of advanced capitalism.

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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 *

Best Murakami yet


I've read all Murakami's full length novels except 1Q84 and Killing Commendatore and this is without a doubt my favourite novel of his, not to detract from his other novels, this is the best in my opinion of a very good bunch. Only down side is it's the fourth story in the Rat series, the first two (sold as one book Wind/Pinball) are arguably the Author's weakest, and I found the third story ( A Wild Sheep Chase) to drag a little bit. Though I am the minority on that last comment. However, I would definitely recommend reading 'A Wild Sheep Chase' first for context.

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ISBN: 9780099448761
ISBN-10: 0099448769
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: April 2003
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 13.0  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.28
Edition Number: 1

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Haruki Murakami

About the Author

Legend has it that on a warm day in Spring 1974 while watching a baseball game Murakami-san had the inspiration to write his first novel, later called Hear the Wind sing.

It won him his first Literary award and is part of The Trilogy of the Rat together with Pinball 1973 and A Wild Sheep Chase .

His career as an writer took off fast and a steady flow of Novels, Short Stories, Articles and Documentaries followed.

The fact that he spent a good part of his life outside Japan, mainly in the US and southern Europe, is maybe the key factor of his growing worldwide success.

The stories and settings are familiar to Westerners and yet there is a distinctive Japanese touch.

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