Dance Dance Dance by Haruki Murakami

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But the novel is flat -- longer, less messy, less engaging than its predecessor. "Sheep Chase" made a connection between the narrator's longings...That's missing in "Dance, Dance, Dance," and nothing has replaced it.
-The Baltimore Sun

Synopsis

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.
 

About Haruki Murakami

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Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto in 1949 and now lives near Tokyo. His work has been translated into forty-two languages. The most recent of his many honours is the Franz Kafka Prize.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published November 17, 2010 by Vintage. 418 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure. Fiction
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Kirkus

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Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on May 20 2010

Once again, Murakami...limns in meticulous detail the life of an ordinary young man irrevocably changed by a troubling encounter with another world--this time, in a sequel to his debut novel, A Wild Sheep Chase (1989).

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NY Times

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Reviewed by The New York Times on Jan 03 2008

"Dance Dance Dance" is the latest and liveliest example of Mr. Murakami's frequent-flier fiction. His characters are constantly on the go.

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Publishers Weekly

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Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Jan 03 2008

All the hallmarks of Murakami's greatness are here: restless and sensitive characters, disturbing shifts into altered reality, silky smooth turns of phrase and a narrative with all the momentum of a roller coaster.

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The Independent

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Reviewed by HELEN BIRCH on Mar 20 2008

Reading Dance, Dance, Dance is a bit like being taken blindfold on a joy-ride with a garrulous tour guide disguised as a mage. Surprising, fresh images - schoolgirls have 'rosy red cheeks puffing white breaths...

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The Telegraph

Above average
Reviewed by Robert Hanks on Feb 24 2008

I should say that this is the first Murakami novel I have read, and that I found it consistently engaging. The picaresque plot resists summarisation; what shape it has comes from an eccentric series of coincidences and connections.

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Suite 101

Above average
Reviewed by Sarah Bradbury on Jul 03 2011

His book, A Wild Sheep Chase (1989), and its sequel, Dance Dance Dance (1994), are great examples of his science fiction works. The main character in these stories has life altering interactions with a prophetic talking sheep.

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The Baltimore Sun

Above average
Reviewed by Mike Hale on Feb 03 2008

But the novel is flat -- longer, less messy, less engaging than its predecessor. "Sheep Chase" made a connection between the narrator's longings...That's missing in "Dance, Dance, Dance," and nothing has replaced it.

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