What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jul 29, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 240 pages
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An intimate look at writing, running, and the incredible way they intersect, from the incomparable, bestselling author Haruki Murakami.While simply training for New York City Marathon would be enough for most people, Haruki Murakami's decided to write about it as well. The result is a beautiful memoir about his intertwined obsessions with running and writing, full of vivid memories and insights, including the eureka moment when he decided to become a writer. By turns funny and sobering, playful and philosophical, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running is rich and revelatory, both for fans of this masterful yet guardedly private writer and for the exploding population of athletes who find similar satisfaction in athletic pursuit.

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His writing is very straightforward. - Goodreads
Great personal insights from a novelist and runner. - Goodreads
Murakami is really a brilliant writer. - Goodreads
A great Book on running, writing, prepping for both. - Goodreads
I guess I just like Murakami's writing style. - Goodreads
Thus far an interesting look at running and writing. - Goodreads

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User Review  - ChristineEllei - LibraryThing

I am not a runner and I often wonder why people choose to put their bodies through grueling marathons. This book explains that very question in a charming and simple way. It was a joy to read, and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Andreas Michaelides - Goodreads

I really enjoyed this book because it's a personal story and I am a sucker for human simple meaningful stories. The writing is great; you never get bored of reading it. This book among some other ... 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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