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(02-17-2013, 04:00 PM)
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Originally Posted by Zeppelin

I read Dance Dance Dance before I read A Wild Sheep Chase. There are some touching points but they are rather few. Plus, I found Dance Dance Dance to be a better novel, so I say stick to it.

To be honest, I felt that way after just having read Dance Dance Dance and The Wind Up-Bird Chronicles. Read one of those (and maybe Norwegian Wood) and you've seen what Murakami has to offer.

It kinda does feel like he mastered his form with Wind-up and after that it has been kinda downhill ride. Imo, Kafka was his last good book and only Nakato/Hosino side of the story was actually good, rest of the book not so interesting. Even the Nakato/Hoshino story went off the rails towards the end but after so many Murakami novels you are kinda used to it and expect things go off rails at some point.