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What I Talk About When I Talk About Running Paperback – 2 Apr 2009
More by Haruki MurakamiWork translated into more than 50 languages | Winner of Jerusalem Prize and Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award. See More
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Murakami is also a runner. While his times are only pretty good, e.g., a marathon in about 3:30, he has been at it for 25 or so years, and he has true runner's view of running, if that makes sense. I can say this because I have been running for about 35 years and, although my times are a bit faster than his, I can see that Murakami is clearly one of "us" -- those people to whom running comes naturally. Not that he is fast, just that it is natural for him to run.
This book offers Murakami's personal take on running, as well as writing. If you are a fan of his writing, then this book will be a must-read. Even if you do not care one whit about his novels, however, this book offers a good view into the mind of those of us for whom running is a calling of sorts, a natural part of our lives.
A one time read, but I'm sure there may be better books on running.
It inspired me to run, set targets, and measure my mileage each time I run.
Inspiring book for runners like me who have just begun, or even those who plan to do half or full marathons.
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Haruki Murakami is a Japanese writer in both fiction and non fiction categories, quite popular in the literary...Read more