Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Dansu, dansu, dansu

“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.”
I just finished another Murakami.

If you are one of his reader, you'd know this lingering feeling. I usually have similar feeling whenever I finished a book or TV series but Murakami surely adds this unique flavor--a mixture of curiosity, revelation and a drop of emptiness.

I chose his immediate work after the successful Norwegian Wood, titled Dance, Dance, Dance.

This was my second Murakami (first was Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage). Again, reading this one is a journey full of discovery itself. To be honest, until half of the book I had a hard time guessing the main theme. I mean, you got thrown in this Alice hole to follow the nameless main character in search of his ex-lover guided by the mysterious Sheep Man. Then you came across capitalism complicated web; elite call-girls, posh lifestyles, and the troughs of popularity. Then.. skulls and bones in Hawaii.

“Dance," said the Sheep Man. "Yougottadance. Aslongasthemusicplays. Yougotta dance. Don'teventhinkwhy. Starttothink, yourfeetstop. Yourfeetstop, wegetstuck. Wegetstuck, you'restuck. Sodon'tpayanymind, nomatterhowdumb. Yougottakeepthestep. Yougottalimberup. Yougottaloosenwhatyoubolteddown. Yougottauseallyougot. Weknowyou're tired, tiredandscared. Happenstoeveryone, okay? Justdon'tletyourfeetstop.”

I hardly put down the book.

Not knowing where the nameless rabbit going is exciting. No map, no clue whatsoever. In the end, this is a portrait of modernising Japan with Murakami-esque hints (you name it: self-discovery/kafkaesque/sci-fi/surreal/etc.)
"The human mind dwells deep in darkness. Only the person himself knows the real reason, and maybe not even then."


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