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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 essays, reminiscences and life advice, Murakami crafts a charming little volume notable for its good-natured and intimate tone. While the subject matter is radically different from the fabulous and surreal fiction that Murakami (The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle) most often produces, longtime readers will recognize the source of the isolated, journeying protagonists of the author's novels in the formative running experiences recounted. Murakami's insistence on focusing almost exclusively on running can grow somewhat tedious over the course of the book, but discrete, absorbing episodes, such as a will-breaking 62-mile ultramarathon and a solo re-creation of the historic first marathon in Greece serve as dynamic and well-rendered highlights. Murakami offers precious little insight into much of his life as a writer, but what he does provide should be of value to those trying to understand the author's long and fruitful career. An early section recounting Murakami's transition from nightclub owner to novelist offers a particularly vivid picture of an artist soaring into flight for the first time. (Aug.)
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Haruki Murakami has established himself as one of the most interesting and innovative novelists of the last two decades, combining pop culture with a magic-realistic sensibility that has garnered the author a faithful following. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running couldn’t differ more from the rest of Murakami’s work. This slender volume catalogs the author’s love for that most solitary of athletic endeavors, though even Murakami’s prodigious talent as a writer can’t quite bridge the gap between the cultish world of hard-core running and a broader audience. This hit-and-miss effort—with something, literally, lost in the translation and some lazy writing—will be welcomed by a small (probably athletic) audience, but may not reach readers who aren’t already on board with Murakami or running.
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I read somewhere once that a good book and a good author can find ways to verbalize emotions and feelings in a way that you aren't able to. Read morePublished 9 days ago by sns1102
Enjoyable mostly. Some stretches are less interesting and engaging than others, but overall I enjoyed itPublished 24 days ago by Jake B
This book is truly awesome. Not many writers can describe running so you can virtually feel as you run with them. The book is deep, inspiring and very amusing.Published 28 days ago by Pavel Gubarev
Great book, I'm a runner and I can identify my self while reading this book! I guess we are all the same!Published 28 days ago by Rlomeli88
I enjoy Murakami's fiction; this was a different side. Similar pacing and writing, but the content is more personal. Read morePublished 1 month ago by hw
Though this was not Murakami's intent for writing the book, reading this did boost my enthusiasm for running. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michelle
Anyone who has read Murukami's novels knows that his narrative has a detached, surreal feel. His style runs in stark contrast to the motivational manifestos of traditional fitness... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robert M. Bates
It's actually not about running, but the life of a runner and novelist. So if one looks for specific advice/instruction for long run, this is not the book for you. Read morePublished 1 month ago by LEI ZHANG