Der Held In Tanz Mit Dem Schafsmann Ist Ein Gro Stadtnomade, Dessen Leben Aus Der Spur Geraten Ist Vierunddrei Ig Jahre Alt, Geschieden, Ein Freund Gestorben, Von Einer Frau Ohne Erkl Rung Verlassen, Vom Job Als Jounalist Ange Det Wiederkehrende Tr Ume Und Die Erinnerungen An Kiki, Seine Fr Here Geliebte, F Hren Ihn Ins Hotel Delfin, Jenen Ort, Wo Er Einst Mit Kiki Gl Cklich War Aus Der Ehemals Sch Big Schrillen Absteige Ist Ein Glitzernder Luxuspalast Aus Glas Geworden Und Dennoch Es Gibt Eine Andere Welt Hinter Der Fassade, Die Welt, Wo Der Schafsmann Lebt, Schutzengel Und Schatten Des Erz Hlers Seine Botschaft Lautet Tanzen, Immer Weiter Tanzen, Solange Die Musik Spielt Auf Der Suche Nach Einem Neuen Leben Verliebt Sich Der Erz Hler In Die Rezeptionistin Des Hotels, Sp Rt Einen Ehemaligen Schulfreund Auf, Der Inzwischen Zum Filmstar Avanciert Und Mit Kiki Auf Der Leinwand Zu Sehen Ist Und Wird In Omin Se Mordf Lle Hineingezogen 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 the very LEAST make sure you ve read A Wild Sheep Chase I realize the first two in the trilogy are near impossible to find unless you know someone in Japan or have a lot of money to throw around , but it makes all the difference in the world. Dansu, dansu, dansu Dance Dance Dance The Rat 4 , Haruki MurakamiDance Dance Dance, is a novel by Japanese writer Haruki Murakami First published in 1988, it was translated into English by Alfred Birnbaum in 1994 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 than any other The novel follows the surreal misadventures of an unnamed protagonist who makes a living as a commercial writer The protagonist is compelled to return to the Dolphin Hotel, a seedy establishment where he once stayed with a woman he loved, despite the fact he never even knew her real name She has since disappeared without a trace, the Dolphin Hotel has been purchased by a large corporation and converted into a slick, fashionable, western style hotel 2017 4 1395 586 9786007061367 20 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 myself repeatedly wondering what type of story it was By the end, I was still unsure, but glad of the tension caused by doubt.At various times, this was magical realism, murder mystery, sci fi, political thriller, romance not too much, thankfully , Kafkaesque, premature mid life crisis story, surrealist, spiritual allegory, horror ghost story, hints of Lolita, and the narrator likens a high tech hotel to something out of Star Wars It might have been easier to consider what it was not Quirk of the 80sIt s a strange time to read a book like this it was published, and apparently set, in 1988, which is recent enough that it feels or less contemporary However, that was just before Google, laptops, mobile phones etc, which means the protagonists do not have the opportunities one now takes for granted Set it now, and the plot would need tweaking, but in 50 years, it will be historical enough for no one to notice Reading it now, gave it an intriguing edge that added to the general sense of shifting reality.Connectedness and un realityConnectedness is the clearest theme of the book and one that links it to David Mitchell, a known fan of Murakami, especially Ghostwritten and Cloud Atlas There is perhaps unintended or prescient irony in the fact that a novel that is all about connectness was written and set just before the world became dramatically connected.Ambiguity about what is real is the other thread we assume the narrator is reliable he s a journalist , but there are visions of various kinds, films, vague memories, a bit of mind reading What is real, and what is not As things get really weird, the narrator asks, was the sickness in here or out there Plot and MeaningThe unnamed narrator is a divorced man in his mid 30s a freelance journalist, mostly writing restaurant reviews a job he describes as Shovelling snow You know, cultural snow It opens with him talking about The Dolphin Hotel, and how he often dreams of it after a previous girlfriend, Kiki, took him there, then disappeared It was a strange place The Dolphin Hotel was conceptually sorry Normalness it lacked Its corners caked with unfulfilled dreams Four years on, he feels as if she s calling him to return, so he does In its place, he finds the swish new Hotel Dauphin.Dabbling in his past brings him into contact with Gotunda, a high school class mate, who is now a successful but unfulfilled, divorced and working to pay debts and alimony actor They become close friends, which they hadn t been at school Other key characters are Yumiyoshi, a pretty hotel receptionist, and Yuki, a bright thirteen year old rich drop out, largely ignored by her divorced parents Characters, plot lines and reality twist and tangle, aided by dream like visions, a portal to another dimension of reality, and a character with mild psychic abilities The title relates to an instruction given to the narrator quite early and that seems as if it will be the key to everything, or at least something, but nothing really comes of it details in spoiler.All the way through, and especially towards the end, the narrator is musing on fate and destiny, and looking for meaning in all this as is the reader It never really comes, but I think that s rather the point Had Murakami tied it all together with some ghastly homily, I think it would have ruined the book After all, a recurring line is What was that all about , uttered by Kiki in a much watched film In detail view spoiler Yumi and then the narrator accidentally and separately find themselves in a parallel world, in the Old Dolphin Hotel, where they meet the old owner, who the narrator nicknames Sheep Man because of all the pictures and books about sheep He resisted selling up, and only gave in on condition the new hotel retained the name He tells the narrator Thisisyourplace It sthenkot It stiedtoeverything Thisisyourworld and that he Sheep Man works hard Tokeepthings fromfalllingapart Tokeepyoufromforgetting He stresses, Yougottadance Aslongasthemusicplays It is not the place of the dead, and it is real, Butit snottheonlyreality As well as being drawn to Kiki and wondering what happened to her, he fancies Yumi He also discovers that Kiki had a bit part in a film of Gotunda s Unrequited Love , that the narrator watches obsessively because Gotunda was a client and Kiki was one of the call girls at a secretive and very high end agency Through Yumi, the narrator gets to know Yuki, whose flighty photographer mother had left behind at the hotel to travel abroad He took back to her home in Tokyo and keeps a mostly paternal eye on her Their relationship ought to be creepy, especially when he comments how pretty she is, but it s actually rather sweet and innocent Even her parents think so, as they each separately get him to take charge of her.Yuki has also seen Sheep Man, though by some sort of mental connection to the narrator, rather than going through the portal Gotunda calls the agency to get a couple of girls for him and the narrator The latter has Mei, who he quizzes about the missing Kiki, but she knows nothing useful A few days later, he is arrested for her murder and interrogated in a most unorthodox way, slightly reminiscent of Kafka s The Trial, which he had been reading the night before He denies ever having met her, not wanting to tarnish Gotunda s reputation Yuki s rich father Makimura pulls strings to get the narrator released from interrogation and suggests he takes Yuki to visit her mother Am , currently in Hawaii with her new partner Dick.In one dip to the other world, Kiki shows the narrator a room with six skeletons, one of which has a single arm Later, when a one armed man he knows dies, he realises they represent people close to him who have died, and fears for the lives of Gotunda, Yuki and Yumi Another death seems to confirm his theory, though we never know who the sixth is maybe the narrator himself.While in Hawaii, another prostitute turns up June , sent from the same agency, but by Makimura However, when Gotunda later enquires about her, he s told she d disappeared three months earlier.Yuki gets spookily sick when they borrow Gotunda s Maserati, and when she sees him and Kiki in the film, is so unwell, she has to leave the cinema view spoiler She says that the actor Gotunda killed the actress Kiki in real life and that she saw it Later, when the narrator asks Gotunda if he killed Kiki or Mei, Gotunda is unsure about Kiki he s not certain which reality it might have been in , but says he did kill Mei because she asked him to yet the narrator overlooks this and plans a trip together hide spoiler 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 maddeningly and predictably similar to so many other Murakami main characters He is, as usual, completely controlled by unseen forces moving around and within him and, omg, NO ONE KNOWS WHY He appears to be almost completely helpless throughout much of the novel, with no recollections of his past Except for a few strange women, one of whom is naturally a prostitute who has been missing for almost a decade I am getting sick of this crap He is surrounded by women of various ages and has all of these conflicting feelings for all of them The truth is, I do not even care very much for the main character or his silly dealings with The Dolphin Hotel and The Sheep Man The absolute best thing about this book, and the only part I would consider as worth salvaging and am enraged that it wasn t developed , is the 13 year old girl who the main character looks after for a while Her name is Yuki Snow She is a damaged young girl who is not significantly cared for by either of her rich, famous parents, and is often alone in her big, fancy apartment She really likes rock music Bananarama, David Bowie, Talking Heads, Genesis, Iggy Pop and is unnaturally beautiful She is also psychic Anyway, Yuki is one of the only great parts of this novel, and I read it for her. 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 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 are references of mortality and the downsides of the celebrity image Dance Dance Dance has our anonymous narrator, suffering from existential dread, going back to some of the thematic venues of A Wild Sheep Chase in search of a past connection He receives cryptic instructions from the enigmatic Sheep Man and goes on to strike up a friendship with a teenager who suffers similar emotions of alienation He makes acquaintances of a number of celebrities, some quite eccentric, and comes across some unusual metaphorical visions or are they portals to other worlds during his adventures There are many recurring lines and metaphors, almost repetitive, but in a good way. 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 David Lynch topsy turvy abound You always get left with the same feeling of dysmorphia, of magical realism, as in any of his other works. 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 ManWhat did you expect A normal talking conventional character Of course not There s nothing like that here, or anywhere in Murakami s work it would seem I often dream about the Dolphin Hotel 6 Dance Dance Dance follows a nameless narrator haunted by recurring dreams of a hotel, The Dolphin Hotel, he was brought to by a high end call girl Whether it is the hotel or the call girl that keeps bringing him back, he cannot recall, nor seem to totally forget He decided, after a life of indecisiveness, to finally return to the Hotel, only to find the place to have been lost to a capitalist investment of the same nature and the same name He struggles to establish connections in the world, as he was advised to dance , and in these mishaps, went looking for a lost love, was accompanied by stoic faced laconic responsed thirteen year old girl gifted with limited clairvoyance and meets an old high school acquaintance I was almost irretrievably tempted to write this review in the Sheep Man s language above, one without the proper spaces between words, but after trying it on the first few sentences, I found that it is even harder to control actions that border reflex and the subconscious, like that of tapping the space bar You re probably right As you say, I ve lost and I m lost and I m confused I m not anchored to anything 87 The idea that the unnamed narrator is drawn to the Dolphin Hotel made me shiver first, for an uncanny reason I quickly associated this with that of The Shining s Outlook Hotel The terror and fear which characterized my reading experience with it is exchanged by curiosity and interest in this piece however Stripping this books plethora of surrealistic aspects, we are left with a bare handed tale of a lost man who has nothing but lost connections And that is not mere tautology for Murakami s work s always concern an individual who is lost or has lost something leading us to narratives which are always unique, lyrical, and impeccably fluid These narratives, which are always open to unfathomable elucidations of the metaphors and allusions they offer don t always provide a closure, in fact they hardly ever do, don t they The human mind dwells deep in darkness Only the person himself knows the real reason, and maybe not even then 359 The impeccable lyrical prose would, however, seem to me to be, mere icing on the cake What compelled me to read another Murakami within a week of finishing Kafka on the Shore was how tangible, how alive, he has brought his characters to life in a surrealistic world They are alive in their search for meanings, in their struggle to make human connections in an unforgiving world, they were the struggles of the everyday individual, they were mine too Murakami s style is deftly his own Me may be in a fickle love hate relationship considering your other works, but just as you have written, there are certain individuals who exclusively bring you to euphoric places, and in a literary perspective you do fit the bill as one of those authors Through your words, I am transported into this unique wonderful surreal world and still remain, human, very human indeed An added bonus is that whenever I finish your work, I get to play this bingo Now, where does Dance Dance Dance, figure into this I have reviewed other books by Haruki MurakamiKafka on the Shore 4 Stars Norwegian Wood 2 Stars The Wind Up Bird Chronicle 2 Stars This review, along with my other reviews, has been cross posted at imbookedindefinitely 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 have to k ow how old they really are or if they were abused by other lovers I don t have to take the time to get to know them I just make it all up in my head Funny how I always have them break my heart, then, in the end I never write a happy ending Don t get me wrong, I have loved truly and deeply many many times before on very real levels But those are very far between all the other fantasies, all the dream girls, running through my waking days That s the way I feel about Murakami, though That most of these other books and authors are those girls I meet in passing or at parties, the ones who really aren t real But that Murakami is so real, so devilishly real that he breaks my heart in ways I never knew it could be Finds fault lines I didn t know were there And that he lingers in the mind long after he s gone, unlike the fleeting legs and teeth of bus stop romances Listen This is how an existentialist writes a metaphysical pulp fiction And it s really good My only problem, which seems to be a hallmark of modern Japanese literature, is that at times it feels tedious and that tedium made me feel tired But slogging through that, you come out into a bright an beautiful book that will sneak up on you You ll be thinking about it for days after, while you re trying to read other books Getting lost in that feeling of a great love that came to an end. 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 book about introspection Our dearly beloved hero from The Rat series, finally seems to be mature enough to give a fuck about well, stuff He has opinions which he often expresses, even in a harsh manner a few times The story picks up a few months after the incidents described in The Wild Sheep Chase Our unnamed fellow has secluded himself in his apartment in order to regain courage to face what he lost As soon as he gets up on his feet again, he starts having dreams about his former girlfriend crying out to him So now he basically has a new calling to pursuit A new meaning in his life in this modern consumerist Japan So this is also a book about our modern society Our hero expresses time and again his distaste for advanced capitalism which has taken over his country Yet, he finds himself tangled in the very essence of it He reunites with a friend from junior high who has become a rich, Maserati driving actor He becomes friends with a 13 year old girl who by the way is one of the most interesting and best developed characters Murakami has ever created whose parents are both loaded and totally absent, lost in their own worlds as a result of their capitalistic ways of life So he basically keeps getting money for nothing and soon enough finds himself eating in high class restaurants and going on fully paid vacation in Hawaii All this in the middle of his own quest for meaning A meaning which remains hidden inside dark corridors of another reality, riddled with mysterious murders commited for reasons unknown even to those who commit them, and rooms with skeletons of people not yet dead.Which brings us to the fact that this is a book about death An ever present death that haunts our hero s attempt to find the meaning of life Strange antithesis, isn t it Six skeletons are revealed to him at some point, five of which make sense as the story develops The sixth remains a mystery All these elements make our hero desperate to cling to somebody Having reached a certain age and lost quite a few people, he realizes he can t afford to lose any The message is clear People vanish from our lives in the blink of an eye When we have experienced this fact, we tend to fear for everyone we have This cry lingers inside all of us And when it comes out, it does so phenomenically through someone else In reality it is our own desperate cry for help We project our own doubts and fears on those we have or have lost However, the point is each of us has his own dance to perform The ultimate trick is to change the record when the music doesn t suit you any.
- 473 pages
- ダンス・ダンス・ダンス [Dansu, dansu, dansu]
- Haruki Murakami
- 27 February 2017 Haruki Murakami