Settings range from Tokyo, 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 cornucopia of memories and insights: the eureka moment when he decided to become a writer, his triumphs and disappointments, his passion for vintage LPs, and the experience, after age 50, of having seen his race times improve and then fall back.
Translated by Philip Gabriel.
©2007 Haruki Murakami; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"Murakami crafts a charming little volume notable for its good-natured and intimate tone....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." (Publishers Weekly)
"A brilliant meditation on how his running and writing nurture and sustain each other....With sparse, engaging prose....Murakami shares his runner's high." (Sports Illustrated)
"Provides a fascinating portrait of Murakami's working mind and how he works his magic on the page." (The Plain Dealer)
I'm a runner and a big fan of Murakami's novels, so I was excited to read this book. It wasn't terrible, but I didn't love it either. He meanders around a number of topics, injects race stories here and there, and does the usual introspection we'd expect, but the book lacks any real point or take-away. I can't recommend it.
Murakami- San's memoir prose is as honest, challenging, insightful and captivating as his fiction. Recommended even if you don't like running.
This book helped me understand my wife who is an avid runner. It was interesting to hear why they do it (or at least one or some of the reasons). It may even have motivated me enough to start running.
The beginning promised much in the way of the inner voice of the runner - and the comparison between running and writing seemed as though it might reveal some significant insights. As the book progressed, I got the feeling of being stuck on a long run with a companion self-obsessed about detailing his superiority for the fact that he laces on some running shoes and thinks that it's compelling for one to hear about all the little things that bothered him in life.
I've read every single book and short story of his, it's nice hearing the life behind the text.
In regards to the audiobook itself, I enjoyed listening to this man's voice. Very soothing and perfectly paced.
If you love Murakami, you'll love this book, as you'll learn more about him. If you have no previous interest or admiration for him, I would recommend you read a novel or short story by him first and then come here.
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.
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