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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 pros...more
Paperback, 393 pages
Published February 7th 2002 by Vintage (first published 1988)
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I can't really justify my love of Murakami. As far as I'm concerned, he writes novels specifically for me to read them. It would probably save us both a lot of time and trouble if he'd skip the publishing process and just slip his finished manuscripts under my door. So I'm biased, you could say.

In short: this is early (ish) Murakami. If you dig it you'll dig it, if not you won't. I dig it.

Just make sure you've read his "Trilogy of the Rat" before reading this. Seriously. It's important. Or at th...more
I have finally read a Murakami. I picked this up on a market stall and didn't realise it was part of a series until I listed it on GR and saw "The Rat, #4", but it works as a standalone story, albeit an intriguingly odd one. In conjures exciting unease and bafflement. It is a book of paradoxes and uncertainty, leaving me satisfied with being left, in some ways, unsatisfied.

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Genre labels can be useful, but can also be an irrelevant distraction. However, with this book, I found...more
صلاح القرشي
للتو انتهيت من رواية رقص رقص رقص للروائي الياباني المعروف هاروكي موراكامي، أحب روايات هذا الرجل دون أن أملك إجابة محددة عن سر المتعة التي تحملها رواياته، إنه يملك كاريزما السرد كما وصفه أحد الأصدقاء ذات مرة.

قرأت له من قبل الغابة النرويجية ورواية جنوب الحدود غرب الشمس، هناك شيء خفي ولذيذ في سرده. وأبطال موراكامي دائما لا يعانون البطالة ولا الفقر ولا يواجهون القمع ولا تشغلهم مشكلات السياسة المباشرة، لكنهم يعانون وبشكل يبدو مرضيا من ذلك الشعور القوي بعدم الحصول على السعادة، ورغم أن هؤلاء الأبطال يت...more
Odai Alsaeed
رواية نغماتها طرب يرفع من مستواها تلك الاثارة في دوزان ايقاعها....عندما تكون في ضيافة هذا الكاتب فالاقامة رفيعة المستوى والمضمون....رواية رقص تجد فيها كل ما يروق..فن ..معرفة ..حكمة..تسلية..ثقافة وكما أن اسلوب الكاتب يجبرك على المتابعة دون أن تشعرك صفحاته التي تعدت الخمسمائة بالملل...شيقة
As one of Haruki Murakami's earlier novels, Dance Dance Dance is quite a feat. I really did enjoy it, but found a number of flaws that lessened my opinion of the work. It appears to be a sequel to the novel A Wild-Sheep Chase, which I have read, but the story lines overlap almost imperceptibly, meaning no, you do not have to read one in order to read the other. Dance Dance Dance has an almost nonexistent plot line. The main character is a middle-aged divorcee at a dead end job who is so maddenin...more
Gertrude & Victoria
I think that if I was lost in the never-ending sea of the Gobi desert, somewhere between Mongolia and China, had fallen into a deep narrow hole, and was unable to get out, so resigned to the darkness that surrounded me, with only a fleeting moment of sunlight and warmth each day, but armed with a flashlight and a box of batteries, a blanket and pillow, and a flask of rootbeer, and was given the choice of one book to read, while waiting for the search-and-rescue teams of the Japanese Imperial Arm...more
“Dance," said the Sheep Man. "Yougottadance. Aslongasthemusicplays. Yougottadance. Don'teventhinkwhy. Starttothink, onyourfeet, yourfeetstop, wegetstuck. Wegetstuck, you'restuck. Sodon'tpayanymind, nomatterhowdumb. Yougottakeepthestep. Yougottalimberup. Yougottaloosenwhatyoubolteddown. Yougottauseallyougot. Weknowyou'retired, tiredandscared. Happenstoeveryone,okay? Justdon'tletyourfeetstop.” (179)

A Rendition of The Sheep Man

What did you expect? A normal talking conventional character? Of course...more
William Thomas
I fall in love with every girl I see. Every girl I meet. It's true. I fall in love a hundred times in a week. It's always been like that. So very easy to look at these girls and their legs and their teeth while they ride the bus with me, while they shop for groceries next to me, while they wait in line at the bank in front of me. Because I don't have to really connect to them then. I don't have to really see the nakedness and the scars and the tan lines and the pimples under the makeup. I don't...more

اللعنة ........ اللعنة ........ ثم اللعنة على هذا الرقص

هاروكي موراكامي أحب أن أصنفه تحت بند الكُتَّاب البارعين في "تأثيث" خيال القارئ لما له من قدرة عجيبة على تحويل مشهد عادي لصورة ثلاثية الأبعاد زاخرة بالرتوش والتفصيلات وتلك المقدرة العجيبة في تمرير عدة أشياء أمامنا بطريقة سهلة ولكنها تتحول بواسطته لشيء سهل-ممتنع (آها يجب أن أتوقف هنا ماذا يقصد، ماذا يعني ...... تأمل، تفكير المحصلة هذا الرجل سارد جيد للقصص) هذا النوع يتماشى معي تماماً

نجح موراكامي بسرده الانسيابي في دخول خيالي وشغل حيزاً منه وص
Danza come se nessuno ti guardasse.

Poi uno dice che è parziale.
Ma Murakami, come si fa a non adorarlo?

Io sono veramente entusiasta.
Credo che questo sia il settimo libro che leggo di Haruki, e, a parte che non mi ha mai deluso, ma è una continua escalation. Prima di iniziare a “danzare”, quando mi chiedevano da quale libro cominciare, io consigliavo sempre di leggere per primo “L’arte di correre”, per capire cosa vuol dire essere scrittore con stile, al giorno d’oggi. Haruki, non scrive mai diffi...more
This was my 3rd Murakami book after Norwegian Wood and Sputnik Sweetheart and this was the one which made me truly, madly and deeply fall in love with his works. The worlds of reality and surrealism mix so effortlessly in his beautiful writing that the reader can only be charmed. And if you don't like Murakami, you probably don't get him at all.
Jul 11, 2013 Rick rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: haruki lovers
in the world war of short fiction writers, he is Hiroshima
So far, 1/8 of the way in I am mesmerized. I'm still waiting for the plot to begin, but I don't care. I feel like I've become an extension of the character's psyche.

1/2 way through. I can't stop reading. Does everyone have a Sheep Man of their own? Mine is an older lady who watches out for me and whispers in my ear if malevolent beings are in the area. There is no way that I'm reading the next book on my "to -read" list before another Murakami novel. This is too beautiful! ..."It's nothing less...more
إبراهيم   عادل
حسنًا إذًا انتهى الرقص .. وآن لنا الآن .. أن نجمع "النقطة" ! مممممم
الذين يعرفون "هاروكي" قطعًا لن يعتبروا هذه الرواية من الروائع، ولكن فيها كل ما في عالم هذا الرجل من سـرد سلس ومتدفق، وعوالم يمتزج فيها الواقع بالخيال والحقائق بالوهم والأحلام
قد يجلس الكثيرون بعد هذه الرواية ينظرون للعالم والأهداف التي يرمي إليها الكاتب، من سرد رحلة شخصٍ يبحث عن فتاةٍ أحبها (أو افتقدها ) ثم نقلته إلى عوالم لم يكن يحلم بها أو يتخيلها، ليعود مرة أخرى، ولكنه يعود للماضي!
قد تبدو هذه الرواية أو تحيل إلى أفلام أ...more
ياسمين ثابت


كان مفروض يسموها موت موت موت

الرواية كلها موت وكل الابطال ماتو والمخرج وكل حاجة....حتى الاحياء فيها مشكوك في امرهم

قبل كل شئ لو انت قارئ عمرك ما قريت لموراكامي بيه اعمل حسابك انك داخل على عالم ماشوفتش زيه قبل كدة ولا حتشوف زيه

لان موراكامي ببساطة راجل راايق روقان التنين ودي اكتر حاجة بحبها فيه وفي كتاباته...لدرجة انه بيخلق عالم دايما موازي للعالم اللي احنا فيه وبيمزج بينهم بشكل مختلف جديد يخليك ممكن تقتنع...اه والله ممكن في لحظة تقتنع ان كل الخيال اللي بيحكيه ممكن يحصل

مشكلتي مع الرواية د
Creía que mis reticencias con Murakami eran agua pasada, que por fin le había cogido el tono al escritor. Por desgracia no. Estaba entusiasmado después de leer La caza del carnero salvaje, me había gustado mucho, y esta novela era un spin off de aquella, o sea que debería de gustarme. Lamentablemente no ha sido así. O no del todo. Este Baila, baila, baila, empieza muy bien, pero por desgracia sobre las 100 paginas empieza a no ir a ninguna parte, Murakami empieza a escribir sobre ¨nada¨ (que est...more
Marius van Blerck
My advice: Read, Read, Read. This is another Murakami experience. In this book (essentially, an addendum to his earlier Rat trilogy) Murakami’s characters are not quite as much off the wall as in his later books, but they are still far from conventional. Similarly to his other works I have read to date, this book is not your average novel, but worth it if you have the time, and the inclination to dip into something a little different. There are similarities between the main characters of Murakam...more
This is my first foray (redundant much? please forgive)into Murakami. I hate to say that I'm actually surprised that I enjoyed it so much. I don't know, maybe I just assumed that since I'm not really into Asian Culture that I would write it off and just know that at least I'd given it a try.

The first person narrative approach usually doesn't work for me. I have a hard time escaping into the story, knowing that the character is just relaying it to me. But, here, the protaganist is able to engage...more
ابتسام المقرن
رقص.. رقص.. رقص؛؛ رواية آسرة للروائي الياباني هاروكي موراكامي .. كعادته يخلط الواقع بالفاننازيا ولكن بأسلوب تأملي جذاب.. في هذه الرواية قد يكون البطل الرئيس الرأسمالية وكيف تقضي على أرواح الأشخاص وتدمرها.. تشتت أسري؛ ديون؛ انتحار؛ جري خلف متع يظنون أنها ستجلب السعادة ولكنها لا تجلب لهم سوى الضياع.. والبعد عن ذواتهم.. الجميع يسيرون ويلهثون ولا يعلمون إلى أين؟ وحتى متى سيسيرون..! في الرواية حديث وتأملات جميلة عن الزمن؛ الموت والحياة؛ الصداقة؛ الفقد والخسارة.. اقتباس: (فقدت الكثير من الأشياء.. فقدت...more
Munif Alharbi
بعد ثالث عمل اقرأه لموراكامي، أدركت بأنه لا يجيد كتابة النهايات غير ذلك فهو سارد رائع ومن أفضل ما قرأت لهم، هذه الرواية جميلة، بإمكانك أن تحللها صفحة صفحة، الكثير من وصف ما يشعر به البطل وأيضا لمن لاحظ أنه كثرة ذكر كلمة موسيقى أو أشغل الأغنية هذه أو سمعت للمغني الفلاني، ربما أعطى الرواية رونق خاص وقرّبها إلى عنوانها وهو الرقص والرقص مرتبط بالموسيقى. أغلب الأحداث التي حصلت للبطل هي أحداث لحظية أي كما قال موراكامي عليك مجاراة الموسيقى والاستمرار بالرقص وأنّ لا تتوقف قدامك عن الرقص. أعجبني وصفه للش...more
Shaimaa Ali
ثانى قراءاتى لموراكامى بعد رائعته الاخرى: كافكا على الشاطىء
هو الكاتب الوحيد مؤخراً الذى استطاع دفع الملل بعيدا عنى ( انا المعروفة بنفاذ الصبر) واستطعت قراءة كتابه ذو الخمسمائة صفحة فى اقل من يومين وبنفس درجة المتعة !!
يمتلك خاصية مدهشة على السرد والامتاع واهم كل شىء عالم الفانتازيا الرائع
ينصح بقراءته لمن يعانى من الملل او يريد العودة الى القراءة :)
Sarah ( Paris )
وأخيرا أنهيتها ..
رغم أنني علقت بها في البداية ..
ولم أستطع أن أستسيغها ..

لكن بعد الصفحة التسعين ..
أحببتها ..
وقد أقول عشقتها ..

رواية جميلة ..
لا يمكن أن أصفها بالكلمات..
لن تحبوها إلا إذا أحببتم ..
هاروكي موراكامي ...

قد أعود . وأكتب ريفيو أكثر تفصيلا بعد فترة ..

I really wanted to like this book, no wait, "like" seemed too light of a word. I so wanted to LOVE this and I did, I really did! But despite the scanty language (in a good way) in which this book was written, Murakami has the tendency to be off the situation at hand. Well not really off like OFF, he just has this way of relating things you never knew possible. And it's pretty damn effective for some and really tiresome to others.

And then there's the Sheepman, who I had a hard time understanding....more
I have now read a grand total of three Murakami novels (After Dark: loved it, Norwegian Wood: did NOT love it and this) and the thing is mostly I just can't figure him out. My instinct is to not like his writing and yet the book that I liked the most, After Dark, is the most unlike genre's I usually enjoy.
Dance, Dance, Dance is sprinkled with the fantastical(?)that at first really irritated me but eventually....didn't exactly "win me over" but didn't have me rolling my eyes in exasperation. And...more
There is something schizophrenic about this book, as there should be.

Murakami is the master of surrealist magic/fantasy, and he does it like no one else. That is why his best works, in my opinion, are Hard-Boiled Wonderland and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. Because those two novels give him unfettered liberty to explore that genre, in a poetic way, and to play around with the mind. And that is why his worst works tend to be the more 'realistic' ones, like Norwegian Wood.

Dance, Dance, Dance is a co...more
Oct 27, 2013 Alex rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Alex by: SaMaDrItA
Shelves: fiction
Murakami simply doesn't go far enough and as a writer he's just not brave enough. He sets up a narrative full of strange, surreal promise but lets us down with a genuine lack of imagination, and overall commitment to his material that, for me, needed to be wilder, smarter, crazier and more challenging.

At its heart Dance, Dance, Dance is a story about a man who has lost his love and feels disconnected from society, and his journey to pick up the threads and piece lost connections together again;...more
I absolutely adore Murakami's way of creating bizarre incidents that aren't necessarily explained or tied together nicely like a typical mystery novel. Mind and reality clash in his works, and Dance, Dance, Dance is one of his most fascinating journeys of this clash.

The story centers around a place: a hotel that was once charmingly seedy but has undergone a complete transformation. When the protagonist tries to figure out what happened to the hotel's former existence, people get nervous. Remnant...more
Lord Beardsley
Sep 07, 2007 Lord Beardsley rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who have already read the wind-up bird chronicle and who are somewhat forgiving
Shelves: read2007
Murakami reached his top form with The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and followed it with the (not as good, but still fantastic) Kafka On The Shore. That being said, this novel was written in 1988 when Murakami still had a ways to go.

The same elements of his style are all here: the main character who is somewhat a loafer and who takes pleasure in simplistic daily routines, the precocious young female character who he sort of falls in love with but is more just friends with, the elements of magical sur...more
Happy happy happy to have finished yet another Murakami, involving great stretches of enjoyment along the way. I need to catch up with reviewing this (and Kafka). In the meantime, I'm basking in the pleasure of post-immersion :)
محمود حسني

نفس عميق .. وإغماضة عين .. وابتسامة هادئة وبسيطة على فمك بعد أن تنتهي من هذا العمل ..

من جديد .. مع موراكامي .. هذه الرواية التي أجلت قراءتها لأكثر من عام .. كنت أخشى أن أستنفذ كل أعمال موراكامي المترجمة حيث قرأت كل ما هو متاح بالعربية عدا الغابة النرويجية التي يندر وجودها ورقيا في الأصل ..

ولم يعاودني التفكير في قراءة رقص.. إلا بعد أن وجدت نسخة مترجمة من عمل آخر لموراكامي بعنوان ما بعد الظلام .. هنا قلت حسنا .. لا تقلق .. فاقرأ هذه الرواية .. مازال هناك جولة أخرى مع عمل آخر لهذا الروائي العبقري...more
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Haruki Murakami (Japanese: 村上 春樹) is a popular contemporary Japanese writer and translator. His work has been described as 'easily accessible, yet profoundly complex'. He can be located on Facebook at:

Since childhood, Murakami has been heavily influenced by Western culture, particularly Western music and literature. He grew up reading a range of works by Am...more
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