Sunday 3 May 2020

Book Review: Dance, Dance, Dance by Murakami Haruki (Contemporary/Magical Realism)

Title: Dance, Dance, Dance
Author: Murakami Haruki
Publication Date: 2002 (1988)
Contemporary / Magical Realism
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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 prose and out comes Dance Dance Dance.

Dance, Dance, Dance is another wonderful offering from Murakami. The story kept me captivated from start to finish and I loved the blurring of reality and fantasy as we try to work out what is real and what is only happening in the narrator's imagination. This is a very accessible text and might be a good one for readers coming to Murakami's work for the first time. I can't say more about the plot without risking spoilers, but I definitely recommend it to Murakami fans both new and old.

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