Dance Dance Dance
First published in 1988 by Kodansha International, Dance Dance Dance is the sixth novel by Japanese writer Haruki Murakami (and it is also the sixth novel by the author that I read including 1Q84, Sputnik Sweetheart, Norwegian Wood, After Dark, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle). The English translation by Alfred Birnbaum was released in 1994. The book is a sequel to Murakami’s novel A Wild Sheep Chase (which I have not yet read, maybe the next one to read?).
The English hardcover closely resembles the original Japanese version.
Set in Tokyo in the 1980s, the story is about a commercial writer (the narrator) who returns the Dolphin Hotel, 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. Just like Murakami’s other novels, he encounters a number of interesting characters including an old school friend, now a famous film actor, a call girl introduced by his school friend, a clairvoyant and troubled 13-year-old girl, her equally troubled parents, a one-armed poet and the Sheep Man. The plot is hard to describe – not sure there was a plot?
Different paperback covers shows the diversity of the story.