Haruki Murakami does with words what a toddler does with sprinkles on a cupcake. He creates something beautiful out of organized chaos.
When I read it, I did not know that Dance Dance Dance is the last book in a series that Murakami wrote. Reading it as a standalone book still made sense, and the story was beautiful. If you want to read it from the beginning, the sequence to follow is (1)- Pinball 1974, (2)- Hear The Wind Sing, (3)- A Wild Sheep Chase, (4)- Dance Dance Dance. It is also known as the RAT trilogy. The first two is short, so they often get published together.
The theme of the book is all about how everything is connected. And then it adds a whole lot of seemingly unconnected characters and events into the main character’s life. Add a sheep-man that tells him to tie up the loose ends in his life, so that he can be happy again.
The main character never gets named. He gets surrounded by a psychic 13-year-old girl, a movie star that gets stuck playing the doctor or dentist every time, a one-armed poet, an eccentric photographer, and many more. And, of course, a writer named Hiraku Makimura. (Anagram alert!)
The book takes you on a roller coaster ride of genres. Just as you think it is a creepy ghost story, it turns into a murder mystery. It throws in politics and romance and magic. There’s never a dull moment.
Dance Dance Dance plays out in the 80’s. So the guy couldn’t just use google to answer his questions. And he had to be home to be able to receive a phone call. At the same time, you have a super modern Dolphin Hotel, which you could imagine to still be modern today.
I am a huge fan of Haruki Murakami. His books always take you on a journey that other books just can’t do. Dance Dance Dance was great fun to read. Other books by Haruki Murakami that you might enjoy are Kafka On The Shore and What I Talk About When I Talk About Running