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