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What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

Brand: Penguin Random House   |   Status: Hết hàng

Murakami gives me a reason. It might seem romantic, but it's true. I had to run…but I didn't enjoy running. I do enjoy, however, running with Murakami. ― Ioan Marc Jones, Huffington Post UK

Murakami distils his own process of writing fiction in this layered and meditative memoir. ― Big Issue

A wonderful exploration of work, place and life’s meanders. ― Geographical

It’s an inspiring, reflective read that’ll make you want to dust your trainers off ― Andy McNicoll, Professional Social Work

An outstanding read ― Peter Sharkey, Eastern Daily Press

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 dozen critically acclaimed books, he reflects upon the influence the sport has had on his life and—even more important—on his writing.

Equal parts training log, travelogue, and reminiscence, this revealing memoir covers his four-month preparation for the 2005 New York City Marathon and takes us 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. Through this marvelous lens of sport emerges a panorama of memories and insights: the eureka moment when he decided to become a writer, his greatest triumphs and disappointments, his passion for vintage LPs, and the experience, after fifty, of seeing his race times improve and then fall back.

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 running.