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Old 3rd Oct 2005, 22:03   #11
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I probably am the person to ask about Murakami.

Dance Dance Dance is the sequel to A Wild Sheep Chase. Personally (and I am almost completely alone in this view) I think the two books together make up his best work.

The narrator from Sheep and his friend The Rat turn up in two earlier Murakami books - Hear The Wind Sing and Pinball, 1973 - neither of which have been published in the west although English editions pop up from time to time on eBay.

When asked to recommend a Murakami to a first-time reader I usually suggest Norwegian Wood for girls and South Of The Border, West Of The Sun for blokes. Wood is as normal as Murakami gets and tends to get girls hooked early on, they then seem more prone to stick with his more unusual novels. Border is very blokey, bordering on misogynistic, and includes some of his traditional odd elements so is a decent primer.

Having said all that, more people I know fell in love with his work through Hard Boiled Wonderland And The End Of The World than any other book so what do I know?

Avoid Kafka On The Shore if you have never read him before though. Bad one to start with.

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Old 3rd Oct 2005, 22:07   #12
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I suppose I should have read A Wild Sheep Chase first then. It never said on the book that it was a sequel.
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Not essential but would explain why he was so besotted by seeing his ex-girlfriend in that movie. And the sheepman would make more sense. And the Dolphin Hotel would mean more to you.

Actually, it is essential. What were you thinking?
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Someone had said he was worth the read and Dance Dance Dance is the one that interested me most. If I'd known it was a sequel....
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"First train your body. Then, your writing style will follow," the author said, is a mantra by which he lives. Murakami has run the Boston Marathon six times and will run his 34th marathon this weekend.
On Murakami's advice, I'm off to run a few miles. That ought to get me up to speed in the NaNoWriMoSest.
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Hey, rick, I really liked that article. Thanks for posting the link.

I've read Wild Sheep Chase and several really short pieces by HM. Such an interesting mind at work, though I found Sheep Chase problemmatic. Would go into more detail, but I've discussed this elsewhere and am a bit played on it.
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On Murakami's advice, I'm off to run a few miles. That ought to get me up to speed in the NaNoWriMoSest.
I went off to run a few miles at lunch and stepped on a piece of bark hiding under a leaf in the sidewalk, rolling over my ankle.

Just what I needed, with a top-of-the-table clash in my Sunday league this weekend, and considering that I already was going to have to fill in as an emergency sweeper since most of our defense is out injured.

Bloody Haruki Murakami!
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I walked down the mountain and up in the nearly dark, with suicidal deer all around.
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I went off to run a few miles at lunch and stepped on a piece of bark hiding under a leaf in the sidewalk, rolling over my ankle.

Just what I needed, with a top-of-the-table clash in my Sunday league this weekend, and considering that I already was going to have to fill in as an emergency sweeper since most of our defense is out injured.

Bloody Haruki Murakami!
Are you talking about football (soccer)? I haven't heard of anybody playing a sweeper for about ten years!
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Yep. We're a side loaded with central midfielders, and we have no proper wingers, so we often use a 3-5-2.
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