#am reading Dance, Dance, Dance
Author: Haruki Murakami
Tags: #japan #awildsheepchase #eighties
Discovered: Working my way through the Murakami back catalogue
Where read: (in part) Novotel, Blackfriars Road, Southwark, SE1
What's the story?
An un-named writer decides to revisit a seedy hotel in which he once spent the night with a woman he loved. Years have passed and the hotel has been redeveloped yet still bears the same particular name, The Dolphin Hotel. A series of surreal experiences transpire in areas of the hotel that are seemingly trapped between the old and the new and only one other person appears to understand.
The Word's Shortlist view:
The novel has a cinematic quality with the protagonist making almost religious visits to the cinema to see the same film and also imagining his life in celluloid; “We knew exactly what we wanted in each other. And even so, it ended. One day it stopped, as if the film simply slipped off the reel”
This book may not be the best place to start your Murakami adventure (I’d firmly recommend Sputnik Sweetheart or Norwegian Wood) but if you’re familiar with the the genre that is Haruki Murakami then you’ll revel in seeing the genesis of themes that will continue to be updated right up to more recent works such as iQ84.
“As time goes on, you'll understand. What lasts, lasts; what doesn't, doesn't. Time solves most things. And what time can't solve, you have to solve yourself.”
Who should read this book?
Fans of the eighties, of Japan and of Mr Murakami of course
What’s next on the bookshelf
The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
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