What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

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Vintage, 2009 - Marathon running - 179 pages
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In 1982, having sold his jazz bar to devote himself to writing, the author 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, he reflects upon the influence the sport has had on his life and on his writing. Equal parts training log, travelogue, and reminiscence, this revealing memoir covers his preparation for the 2005 New York City Marathon and takes the reader to places 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.

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His writing is very straightforward. - Goodreads
Great personal insights from a novelist and runner. - 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

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User Review  - Chelsey - Goodreads

By no stretch of the imagination would I call myself a long distance runner -- in fact, it would have to be by a huge stretch of the imagination that I'd call myself a runner at all... But that being ... Read full review

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Kindred diary of my soles. Read full review

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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 thirty-four languages, and the most recent of his many honors is the Yomiuri Literary Prize, whose previous recipients include Yukio Mishima, Kenzaburo Oe, and Kobo Abe.

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