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Dance Dance Dance by Haruki Murakami
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Jun 03, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: fantastical, noiresque
Read in June, 2008

The back of the book claims Murakami's like a "comedic Philip K. Dick". I don't necessarily agree with that, since PKD is kind of in his own league (the only other person who, in my mind, has matched him is Robert Anton Wilson, but he's just as crazy if not more so). That being said, this was an absolutely AMAZING book. Beautifully written, great characters, fantastic concept, really well-executed. I almost thought the shoveling-snow line was going to bug me, but it became this great running gag of ye olde human life. I'm also really happy we never learn the narrator's name, and even the bumbling around all the moments when he has to say it were a hoot. He did seem, in places, to over-analyze stuff for you, but I couldn't tell if maybe that might have been a fault in the translation? I don't know. I've learned to be leery of translations, anyway, even though there is no getting around the fact that some essence will always be lost. But other than that, beautiful.
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