What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
From the best-selling author of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and After Dark, a rich and revelatory memoir about writing and running, and the integral impact both have made on his life.
In 1982, having sold his jazz bar to devote himself to writing, Haruki 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–even more important–on his writing.
Equal parts training log, travelogue, and reminiscence, this revealing memoir covers his four-month preparation for the 2005 New York City Marathon and includes 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 the age of 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 both for fans of this masterful yet guardedly private writer and for the exploding population of athletes who find similar satisfaction in distance running.
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Review: What I Talk About When I Talk About RunningUser Review - Tj Wilson - Goodreads
A very good motivator for both writing and running. Includes some very sage advice about a life of goals and maintaining vigor in old age. Read full review
Review: What I Talk About When I Talk About RunningUser Review - Arda Aghazarian - Goodreads
At the age of 33, Murakami decided to become a writer, and a runner. He kept writing, and running, more than 30 years later. He ran +24 marathons across the world. He still runs. This always ... Read full review