Murakami and the search


Okay, I’m now holding Sputnik Sweetheart, Dance Dance Dance, and The Wind-up Bird Chronicle, and from the look of things (or their back-cover blurbs, at least), I’m beginning to wonder if every Murakami book involves a search for some missing woman.

Totally flaked on Saving Face — I mean, Friday night, great buzz, and seeing how director Alice Wu is a former local, you’d have thought I’d have had enough foresight to get tickets in advance (sigh). But! On the bright side, from ginger comes word of a film I (and you, you and you) simply must see: Mad Hot Ballroom. Kenneth Turan says, “A kind of Spellbound crossed with Strictly Ballroom.”

Yes, please.

Though I have to admit — at first read I thought he meant this Spellbound. Which would probably be good, yes, but a beast of a completely different stripe. Also, one that would bring nightmares — I’m rather certain of it.

  • For just a moment, you had me so jaw-droppingly excited for a Spellbound–cross–Strictly Ballroom experience that I was beside myself.

    Then IMDB brought me crashing back to reality.

    Still, given that Strictly Ballroom is still one of my fave movies, I'm now intrigued….

  • freesia

    Dude. It does. Seriously. I read a bazillion of them about a year ago and they are all about the same thing.

  • Dave

    Maybe not always a missing woman but usually there's something missing that's being looked for.

    Dance Dance Dance is sorta the sequel to Wild Sheep Chase, although it's not essential to read them in order it will make the flow nicer.

  • It's a recurring theme in Murakami's work, but it's not every novel. Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, A Wild Sheep Chase and Norwegian Wood all don't have the "finding a missing woman" theme. Despite it recurring so many times, I found that each novel takes the idea of searching for someone in a different direction and is able to expand upon it in many ways. I'll be curious to your opinions of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle having read Sputnik Sweetheart first (almost everyone I know has read them in reverse order).

  • pastilla

    re: every book "involves a search for some missing woman" --- must be taking lessons from Margaret Atwood --- heh heh

    Mad Hot Ballroom looks wonderful --- can't wait.

  • Regarding Murakami, art imitates life?

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