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Dance Dance Dance

(The Rat #4)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  67,887 ratings  ·  3,766 reviews
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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
Paperback, 393 pages
Published February 7th 2002 by Vintage (first published October 13th 1988)
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Jeanne Mixon I highly recommend reading A Wild Sheep Chase first because it is the origin of the sheep man.
I highly recommend reading A Wild Sheep Chase first because it is the origin of the sheep man.
Thinkerden10 The Rat Trilogy ends at A Wild Sheep Chase. We know what happened with The Rat in the A Wild Sheep Chase.
Dance Dance Dance is the last part of "Boku" …more
The Rat Trilogy ends at A Wild Sheep Chase. We know what happened with The Rat in the A Wild Sheep Chase.
Dance Dance Dance is the last part of "Boku" Tetralogy. Boku means "I". This is the last part of the "I" (the main character) stories.
I haven't finished the book, yet, but I suppose there isn't The Rat in Dance Dance Dance. Only the Sheep Man.(less)

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Mar 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Ahmad Sharabiani
ダンス・ダンス・ダンス = Dansu, dansu, dansu = Dance Dance Dance (The Rat #4), Haruki Murakami

Dance Dance Dance, is a novel by Japanese writer Haruki Murakami. First published in 1988.

The book is a sequel to Murakami's novel A Wild Sheep Chase. In 2001, Murakami said that writing Dance Dance Dance had been a healing act after his unexpected fame following the publication of Norwegian Wood and that, because of this, he had enjoyed writing Dance more than any other.

The novel follows the surreal misadventur
J.L.   Sutton
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Life is a lot more fragile than we think. So you should treat others in a way that leaves no regrets. Fairly, and if possible, sincerely.”

Image result for haruki murakami

By Haruki Murakami standards, Dance Dance Dance is a quick read with an identifiable plot. The novel explores alienation and human connection at the same time as our unnamed narrator investigates the disappearance many years previous of woman, Kiki, he lived with at the Dolphin Hotel. Admittedly, without Murakami's magic, the plot, tracking down a former love
Jul 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.

What sort of story?
Genre labels can be useful, but can also be an irrelevant distraction. However, with this book, I found
May 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, out-of-asia
Well that was one crazy and entertaining ride! Haruki Murakami has such a talent for creating vibrant and memorable characters, making his books such a pleasure to read. This is only the second book of his I've read (yeh, I know, this is the 4th in a series. I read them out of order; don't sue me) but nonetheless he's quickly scaling the ladder towards joining my list of favourite authors.

Now to place a hold on the first book in this series.....
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
Michael Finocchiaro
This was either my 2nd or 3rd Murakami book and it did make me feel like jumping up and dancing sometimes. It is a wonderful story full of action and crazy characters and Murakami's absurdist sense of humour and attention to detail. A pure reading delight!
Jun 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
A wonderful book, a deep, at times dark, occasionally inscrutable book, a wonderful sequel to, or continuation of, the wonderful "A Wild Sheep Chase", "Dance Dance Dance" is even better. This is a book about appetites, sex, drink, rock and roll and also Muzak, conformity, insanity, ennui and death - and it deliciously escapes the boundaries of a book review. The characters are memorable, whether they are mixed up or buttoned up or...the Sheepman. Perhaps the character Hiraku Makimura (!) could m ...more
Mutasim Billah
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: japan
“Unfortunately, the clock is ticking, the hours are going by. The past increases, the future recedes. Possibilities decreasing, regrets mounting.”

A sequel to the Rat Trilogy, Dance Dance Dance was, in fact, a response to the unexpected fame that Norwegian Wood had brought to Murakami. There are references to trends and capitalism and consumerism and the vacuous concept of celebrity status and also the usual Murakami themes of alienation and the sudden discovery of a human connection. Also, there
William Thomas
Mar 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Confession: My own personal dream place is (also!) a hotel. It's resplendent, like some Titanic made up of wood & steel, with countless windows & deep pools. The Dolphin Hotel in H. Murakami's novel is a similar terrain: where the stuff of the subconscious mixes with everyday trivialities.

This is quintessential Murakami. The protagonist is an antisocial recluse who takes on a journey between the space of the actual and the cranial. Motifs like the double, the femme fetale, countless types of Da
Jun 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fictional-novels
“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
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Dance, Dance” is a meandering novel set in a fragile world where if you’re not careful, you can slip through invisible doors to the other side. Never mind- it is just too difficult to describe. I love Murakami. It doesn’t matter to me that this novel isn’t his best- it is wonderful. Reading it made me happy.
Dec 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: haruki-murakami
This is a book about dancing. Moving your feet to the music that's playing. The question that's not clearly expressed in the book is... who the fuck is the dj? Who's dictating how to dance? Is it yourself or is it the random facts that are out of your control? My guess is that it's both. The point is you've got to keep dancing, because music will keep playing and if you fall behind, you will lose grip of yourself, your life, your dreams and whatever it is that makes you who you are.

It is also a
Gertrude & Victoria
Feb 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: japanese-library
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
L.S. Popovich
I have trouble motivating myself to write about the works of Haruki Murakami. The fact of the matter is, I have read all of his work in English, I love it, I know it has flaws, and I don't care.

He has a legion of followers, rivaling Neil Gaiman, but I believe, at least in my eyes, his literature has lasting value, and literary merit in its own right. His work poses as pulp, lite magical realism, but it touches something deep. It is at times incongruous, dreamlike and silly, but it is always read
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. ...more
Barry Pierce
Although marketed as a standalone novel, not much of Dance Dance Dance would make sense if you haven't read A Wild Sheep Chase. It's a sorta sequel to Murakami's Trilogy of the Rat where we once again meet the unnamed narrator with a penchant for Cutty Sark and Bill Evans.

A couple years after the events of A Wild Sheep Chase, our narrator finds himself returning to the strange and ethereal Dolphin Hotel in Sapporo. However, upon his arrival he is shaken to discover that the Dolphin Hotel has be
Jun 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
I can’t believe the Rat series is over. I’m going to miss these characters so so much.
This final book was certainly not as good as a Wild Sheep Chase. It wasn’t as funny or as impactful for me. I missed certain characters a lot too. I wish we got to see more of the Sheepman because he is so intriguing and unique. I also really miss the Rat.

But it had the usual Murakami charm and whimsy. Beautiful writing and such a good sense of real ness. I’ve mentioned it in my other Murakami reviews but the
Oct 26, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: haruki lovers
in the world war of short fiction writers, he is Hiroshima
Aug 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
"When I got back to my Shibuya apartment, I poured myself a whiskey and watched the cars on the expressway through the blinds."

I love the imagery of this quotation which seems to me to sum up the atmosphere of a lot of this book. A man standing in the darkness looking out over the expressway with a glass of whisky in his hand. If you can picture that, you can picture the feel of this book.

A word of warning. Although you could read this book on its own, I would not recommend reading it unless you
Lord Beardsley
Jul 01, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  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
May 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: beautiful
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
May 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
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
Daniel Clausen
Jul 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this strange conclusion to The Rat series. I don’t know if I’ll write a full review of this book - but I’ll say that I love Murakami’s ability to mash up the mundane with the bizarre, along with endless life anecdotes on the way. I love getting lost in Murakami’s stories, this was no exception ❤️
Matthew Appleton
I always find it impossible to review Murakami. He's not something you can really explain, it's more of an experience, as corny as that sounds. Anyway, here's my best shot at Dance Dance Dance.

A weird hotel. The Sheep Man. A one-armed poet. A psychic thirteen year old. A trusty Subaru. A Maserati. Skeletons. Death. Love. Marriage. Books. Music. Records. Rain. Snow. Sun. Hawaii. Mother and daughter. Man and wife. Friends. Murder. Vodka. Whiskey. Phone calls. Cuck-koo. Shovelling snow. Prostitute
Mar 11, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 and 1/2 stars. I enjoyed this, but like its 'prequel' A Wild Sheep Chase (though I found it unlike its prequel in style and tone) I think it's not as accomplished as his other works. With its elements of an unaffected (though likable) unnamed narrator and a missing woman, this is a good intro to Murakami. The only 'standard' Murakami element that seems to be missing is the theme of the effects of war on individuals. But there is plenty on other kinds of personal politics, such as the effects o ...more
Marius van Blerck
Jun 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Elyse  Walters
Nov 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Many twists and turns ---
Wonderful 'thinking' writing ---
(read this a couple of years ago, too)
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