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Dance Dance Dance

(The Rat #4)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  79,730 ratings  ·  4,654 reviews
In this propulsive novel by the author of Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World and The Elephant Vanishes, 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 M
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Published January 31st 1995 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  ·  review of another edition
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
“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.”

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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
Apr 02, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: magical-realism
Murakami can do no wrong for me with his writing, in this case being part mystery, part metaphysics, part satire on the ills of capitalism, all with off beat characters galore... exquisite! Dance baby, dance, dance, dance! 7 out of 12, because, for me, the magical realist take although beautiful written is still a bit of a chore to untangle/understand.

2009 read
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
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
Jenna is buying a house and mostly too busy for GR ❤ ❀  ❤
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.....
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!

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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
Aug 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Spencer Orey
Apr 07, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
That memoir about running made me want to read more Murakami again. I guess enough years have passed since I read Killing Commendatore. Anyway, first I read a couple of his New Yorker stories (about a monkey who steals names. They're fun and strangely chill) to see if I wanted to try the new short story collection. Then, when I decided that I wanted to read a novel instead, I picked up this book.

If you've read a lot of Murakami already, this one will be very familiar. The main character goes som
Dec 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
“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
“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.
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
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
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
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
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
Paul Secor
Nov 12, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thinking back on this book, I vacillate between four and five stars. It's a Murakami that I probably won't reread, so four it is. Not that it matters much. I'll merely comment that I enjoyed the flow of the narrative.

"Dance. Don't think. Dance your best, likeyourlifedependedonit. Yougottadance."
Good advice - even for someone like myself who can't dance a lick.

"When I awoke the following morning, it was April.... April, made famous by T.S. Eliot and Count Basie."
To those two, I'll add my personal
Oct 26, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
in the world war of short fiction writers, he is Hiroshima
Elyse Walters
Nov 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Many twists and turns ---
Wonderful 'thinking' writing ---
(read this a couple of years ago, too)
Lord Beardsley
Jul 01, 2007 rated it it was ok
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
Jul 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, reviewed, mystery
When it comes to storylines, I find it quite impossible to know where Haruki Murakami is going to go next. One minute you’re looking for a lost cat, the next you’re tumbling into a parallel universe of talking peanut butter. It is exceedingly difficult to put his books down when you do not yet know if the half-boy/half-lobster possesses the key to Suzuki Rapscallion’s footlocker.

mag·i·cal re·al·ism /ˈmajəkəl ˈrē(ə)ˌlizəm/ noun : a literary or artistic genre in which realistic narrative and natu
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
Christopher Febles
The Goodreads profile says, "one of the most idiosyncratically brilliant writers at work in any language." Oh, yes, I'd have to agree.

So this guy, a nameless narrator (I'm not wrong about that, am I?), has an odd encounter with a high-priced call girl in a fleabag hotel in Japan. Then, just like Norwegian Wood, a whole bunch of stuff happens. No need to do the whole plot summary thing. But a bunch of characters go in and out of the story.

The good thing is, the characters are all fascinating. I'm
Aug 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 30, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Muhamad Mustafa
"Dance Dance Dance was the fourth of "The Rat" series and I give this book 3.25/5 🌟
Mostly because it started good but in the middle of the story it began to fall apart with repeated sentences and our Unnamed protagonist had no clue whatsoever what to do next. But aside from that and even though the ending left me with many questions, it was fantastically written and I loved it. I would appreciate it more if we could get more information about "the sheep man".

I believe it necessary to read all o
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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

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