What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami

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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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About Haruki Murakami

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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.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published July 29, 2008 by Vintage. 194 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Religion & Spirituality, Sports & Outdoors, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Murakami's latest is a nonfiction work mostly concerned with his thoughts on the long-distance running he has engaged in for much of his adult life. Through a mix of adapted diary entries, old

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The New York Times

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In his latest book -- part training guide, part memoir -- Haruki Murakami connects the disciplines of running and writing.

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The Guardian

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BC Books

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He's particular and capable of a regimented self-discipline many of us can't imagine — running a marathon is one thing, but running an ultra marathon, 62 miles nonstop — well, for this rather out-of-shape reviewer that enters the realm of superhuman.

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Book Reporter

If some people have an interest in long-distance running, just leave them be, and they’ll start running on their own.” Departing from the central time frame of the memoir (the origin of whose title should be readily known to fans of Raymond Carver, for whose work he confesses his admiration and w...

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The Telegraph

At the heart of this 'kind of memoir centred on the act of running' is his conviction that 'writing novels...is basically a kind of manual labour', and that most of what he knows about writing fiction was learnt by running every day.

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The Telegraph

Much more interesting are the moments when Murakami tacitly acknowledges that he is not the same as others - he is more talented than most of his readers, for a start, which is why they are his readers, and not the other way round - and explores the links between running and writing.

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Christian Science Monitor

Murakami duly notes the similarities between running and writing: Both are solitary pursuits requiring “quiet, inner motivation” and the true rewards of both exist beyond the realm of the “outwardly visible.” Murakami is among the most widely read of contemporary Japanese authors.

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Pajiba

I'm a long distance runner, so that works for me, and I also ran in the Boston Marathon, so I related to the marathon talk -- I related to his discourse on training, the difficulties he faced, and his genuine desire to run.

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Open Letters Monthly

The author mostly wills himself to be a runner (and, apparently, a writer), and one gets the sense that he would rather have written an entire book just about running and training, but that an editor somewhere reminded him that he’d also written several novels – and because a memoir by a novelist...

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

Although the title of Haruki Murakami's memoir, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, gives you a fairly clear idea of the book's subject matter, the choice of running as a subject for Murakami, who is better known for his novels and short stories than for his participation in the Boston M...

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Teen Reads

If some people have an interest in long-distance running, just leave them be, and they’ll start running on their own.”.

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MostlyFiction Book Reviews

But while, Murakami draws parallels between the “focus” and “endurance” required by both runners and writers, and says that “most of what [he knows] about writing [he’s] learned through running everyday,” I couldn’t help but feel that while he was able to write honestly about his ...

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Fiction Writers Review

Here’s a great essay by Joyce Carol Oates on the connections between writing and running.

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A Year of Reading

I cannot wait to read the Marty McGuire book- she is one of my favorite spunky young ladies in books.

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Runblogger

Rarely have I felt a sense of kinship with an author like I felt while reading "What I Talk About When I Talk About Running," by Haruki Murakami .

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He runs so that he can stay healthy and continue to write novels, and he runs because he simply loves to run.

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