What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

Electronic resource

English language

Published Jan. 5, 2008 by Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group.

OCLC Number:
246707220

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4 stars (7 reviews)

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 …

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An interesting book. Despite running quite a lot myself, I'm not particularly interested in Murakami's thoughts on the sport. They just aren't that profound. But the sentences here are a lot of fun. Just page after page of idioms. And they all flow so smoothly. I don't know how he does it, as this sort of writing would seem cheesy coming from anyone else.

I wish I could read Japanese. How does the original work sound? I read somewhere that Murakami sometimes writes passages in English first and then translates them into Japanese. Perhaps the original Japanese has an American inflection of sorts.

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