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Old 15th Nov 2005, 5:03   #1
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Default Book 20: DANCE, DANCE, DANCE by Haruki Murakami

A bit premature I know, but this story in the New Yorker might be nice for a warm up.

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Nineteen-seventy-one was the Year of Spaghetti.
In 1971, I cooked spaghetti to live, and lived to cook spaghetti.
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Old 15th Nov 2005, 11:08   #2
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Default Re: Book 20: Dance, Dance, Dance by Haruki Murakami

Ach! Is the man always going on about spaghetti? The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle begins with the narrator cooking spaghetti.

I haven't made any plans yet to get hold of a copy of Dance, Dance, Dance.
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Default Re: Book 20: Dance, Dance, Dance by Haruki Murakami

Just typed this and it didn't send.

I bought a copy second-hand in Edinburgh last August. It has a weird cover with a sheep-headed skeleton and people on sofas. I'll scan it as I can't find an image online.
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Default Re: Book 20: Dance, Dance, Dance by Haruki Murakami

Something's going wrong with the image resizing on Photobucket - hang on.
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Default Re: Book 20: Dance, Dance, Dance by Haruki Murakami

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Ach! Is the man always going on about spaghetti? The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle begins with the narrator cooking spaghetti.
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Maybe Murakem likes spaghetti ??

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Default Re: Book 20: Dance, Dance, Dance by Haruki Murakami

I think I'm going to have to sit this one out, unfortunately. All-encompassing life (you know, that thing what goes on when we're not playing with the Palimp?) has been in the way recently, and my NaNoWriMoSest efforts, pathetic as they have been so far, are eating up my free time. I also made the mistake of starting London Fields when I should have gone for DDD (meaing the book, not the bra size) instead, and I'm completely engrossed and will not be convinced to put it down when I set time aside for reading. Maybe I'll find time to catch up as we hit December. Sorry if I do sit out, and sorry I haven't contributed to last month's discussion either--even though I probably finished reading it before most people.
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Default Re: Book 20: Dance, Dance, Dance by Haruki Murakami

Although Dance, Dance, Dance is theoretically a sequel to A Wild Sheep Chase, it is certainly no problem not to have read AWSC. The Sheep Man (whom I never understood in AWSC) makes a cameo appearance in the D{ol|au}phin Hotel, (and still I didn't understand him) but that's about it.

Having now read a few Murakami books, I think I'm beginning to recognise a few patterns :

o The protagonist is first person masculine singular
o Spaghetti (or noodles) tends to crop up a lot
o He has usually just been jilted and is housekeeping for himself
o There is often a pet cat
o There is always at least one unattainable girl
o There is heavy use of clairvoyance, precognition, serendipitous coincidence and mystic dreamlike experience
o There is often a school-age girl who befriends him without sexual overtones

All of the above are present in DDD. There is also a lot of name-dropping of pop groups and branded products.

For variety, there is a murder in the book, and he is a suspect, but we all know who really did it right from the moment he has his collar felt. Unlike AWSC and The Wind-up Bird Chronicle, there is a lot of milling around to no particular purpose.

Frankly, though I enjoyed the ride, and will continue to read Murakami, I found it hard to participate in his angst in DDD. I had the impression that he was making it hard for himself.
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Default Re: Book 20: Dance, Dance, Dance by Haruki Murakami

Ooer, is it December already? Must get hold of a copy of this...
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Hmmm... am I still the only poor sod who's read this?
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