I love Murakami, so when I saw this book (after finishing Kafka on the Shore) I wanted to know him a little more as an author, and that's definitive what happened. There are some parts that weren't of interest since I am a non-runner, but it made me connect with him as an author much more! I really enjoyed it, short and sweet!
Ray is an excellent reader, his voice is very pleasant and natural!, I really like his work in this piece.
As a runner who recently turned 40, I'm able to related to many of the observations here. That said, I came away with very little inspiration or positive messages from this one. While there's much passive acknowledgement that positive EXISTS and the author is thankful for the experiences, the majority of the words seem to dwell on inevitable disappointment associated with aging.
I was underwhelmed with this book. :(. I might be the only person... He presents very relatable experiences and is very humble but the book was not particularly thrilling or interesting. It was a straightforward brief memoir about the author and his endeavors in running.
I already know the worst day of my life. It is the day that Haruki Murakami does one of two things; dies, or stops writing.
Even something that I had absolutely no interest in, he can write about it in such a fascinating, emotionally profound way, that I'm instantly engaged.
Buy it, read it, you'll enjoy it.
It is a memoir so I expect the story to be very self centered, but the narration made Murakami seem downright pompous. That said, the book did have some wonderful insights about the practice of running and writing. I liked getting a glimpse into what Murakami's rituals are and how that figures into his creativity.
A runner myself, I have received the book as a gift several times and even in different languages. I got bored the first time I tried to read it but wanted to give it another go, and listened to the entire book, but disappointingly so, it never got any more interesting than in those first few pages. It contains lengthy and not particularly insightful descriptions of Murakami's running experiences – many of which compare to my own. This book may possibly be interesting for people who either are Murakami fans or don't run themselves and want to get a sense of what that is like – I didn't get much entertainment or new learning out of the book.
The narration was a bit too dramatic in its intonation.
I recommend not gifting this book to actual runners.