As one would expect from Murakami, the writing is absorbing and pulled me in, but I was surprised how little I learned about running or writing. The narration was excellent and several of the side stories made the work enjoyable (especially since I listened to it while running), but I had hoped for more.
I was looking forward to reading this but I had thought it was mostly a narrative that really sold the barefoot running idea. But it turns out that is only one part of a very human and unexpected story. Very inspiring--now I want to run fifty miles (even though I have never run longer than a half marathon!).
I love reading anything by Terry Pratchett, but having Pratchett read by Stephen Briggs takes it to an especially elevated level of enjoyment. I hope the Discworld series continues forever.
Even if you disagree with Wright's presuppositions, his analysis of history, science, and religion is both compelling and challenging. I wish there were more writers who could write accessibly without sacrificing depth and complexity of thought. I will be thinking about this book for years to come.
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