What I Talk about When I Talk about Running


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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 ...

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Dec 29, 2011

This was bought for a gift so I have no personal review

Grant W

Dec 5, 2011

A Solid Book About Running

Renovned novelist Haruki Murakami took up running to stay in shape and little did he know that it would consume him in the most marvelous ways. He has since run man marathons and even an ultramarathon. Running is as much a part of him as is his writing. In this book, the usually closely guarded Murakami tells about his running and how it has also influenced his writing. While you might say, "Yeah, but it's no 'Wind-Up Bird Chronicle,;", to which I respond, "Yeah, but what is?" This is a fine book and it definitely makes you want to get a pair of running shoes and hit the pavement (or the treadmill).


Jan 29, 2009

Great Book

I liked the introspective approach the author took to running. His personal experiences rang true to me in my journey into running.

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