What I Talk about when I Talk about Running

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Vintage, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 179 pages
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In 1982, having sold his jazz bar to devote himself to writing, Murakami began running to keep fit. A year later, he'd completed a solo course from Athens to Marathon, and now, after dozens of such races, not to mention triathlons and a slew of critically acclaimed books, he reflects upon the influence the sport has had on his life and on his writing. Equal parts travelogue, training log, and reminiscence, this revealing memoir covers his four-month preparation for the 2005 New York City Marathon and settings ranging from Tokyo's Jingu Gaien gardens, where he once shared the course with an Olympian, to the Charles River in Boston among young women who outpace him. Through this marvellous lens of sport emerges a cornucopia of memories and insights: the eureka moment when he decided to become a writer, his greatest triumphs and disappointments, his passion for vintage LPs, and the experience, after fifty, of seeing his race times improve and then fall back. By turns funny and sobering, playful and philosophical, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running is rich and revealing, both for fans of this masterful yet private writer and for the exploding population of athletes who find similar satisfaction in distance running.

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Meditative interlacing of running/writing...beautiful. - Goodreads
Beautiful meditation on running, writing, life. - Goodreads
Murakami is really a brilliant writer. - Goodreads
A very good motivator for both writing and running. - Goodreads
A great Book on running, writing, prepping for both. - Goodreads
Haruki Murakami has a really good writing. - Goodreads

Review: What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

User Review  - John Doez - Goodreads

You should notice this is a book about running. If you like novels, Murakami is one of the best contemporary novel writers. I like some of his novels a lot but this is not a novel. This is not even a ... Read full review

Review: What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

User Review  - Alexander Patino - Goodreads

My first Murakami. I was convinced I would just flat out not like him. Ten pages in I was obsessed. I've been consumed lately by the idea of getting fit - running, swimming, biking - and being a ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto in 1949 and now lives near Tokyo. His work has been translated into forty-two languages. The most recent of his many honors is the Franz Kafka Prize.


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