What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

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Knopf Canada, Aug 11, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 192 pages
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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User Review  - Eoin - www.librarything.com

It is just what you would expect from Murakami. A wonderful companion to the novels with strange and simple insight into his process and outlook. Would make a weird introduction to the uninitiated, but perhaps a good one. Worth it, either way. Read full review

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User Review  - papercat - www.librarything.com

Despite having no interest in running whatsoever, I find whatever Murakami writes interesting, and the book doesn’t focus exclusively on marathons (thankfully for me), instead using the topic as ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
24
Section 3
48
Section 4
69
Section 5
88
Section 6
103
Section 7
123
Section 8
136
Section 9
152
Section 10
175
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About the author (2009)

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 honours is the Franz Kafka Prize.

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