Book Review: Dance Dance Dance by Haruki Murakami

Have you heard the terms Magical Realism?. I had read it somewhere long time back but I only understood it when I read Dance Dance Dance. I am now drawn to his books like a bee to a freshly blossomed camellia.

Dancing the Dance

Dance Dance Dance tells a story of a strange moment in which the protagonist finds himself. The protagonist is a drifter, like a dry leaf he lets himself blow with the wind. He waits and watches, and through him we glimpse the inner demons, the melancholic life, and the bizarre. At 34, the nameless protagonist finds himself alone, with no interest in contacting his ex-wife or anyone else for that matter. Until one day he senses that a girl with stunning ears is crying for him. Thus, he embarks on a journey full of mystery; he meets an uptight receptionist who seems a kindred soul in the oddest ways, a 13-year old depressed girl with a sixth sense and an attitude, and his ex-schoolmate who is now a famous actor full of charm and warmth at the same time. Through them, we meet others, a blur but talented mother, a vivacious and optimistic call girl, a one-armed man who makes the best sandwiches, and the sheep man.

The book is a murder mystery, a fantasy, and a social commentary rolled into one. But the mystery is hardly solved and the largest part of the book is non-magical, but one finds oneself glued to the book reading page after page about an uninterested 13-year old and a 34-year old observer whiling away their time on a beach in Hawaii. That is the magic of Murakami.

Reading the book is like getting on a roller coaster with a mind of its own while you are blindfolded. Not only do you know when the speed will pick up or drop, but you are also clueless about where you are headed. And just like every roller coaster, you en


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