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 currently training for a marathon and is this is the perfect audio book to listen to. Murakami is humorous and quite insightful!
This is the first Murakami book I read, and as a fellow runner I enjoyed his narrative. I also enjoyed his writing style so much that I have purchased some of his fiction, which I also have enjoyed.
I have never read any other books by this author. He appears to be a professional author who is writing this book as a hobby about his hobby. I can best describe the book as a lazy Sunday summer afternoon reading outside in the shade after a hard Saturday training run.
Happiness is a good book!
It is a good motivation book for running, traveling, starting a new business or just risk taking in general. It is amusing to listen to. I liked it.
An interesting perspective; if you don't exercise or run, I would probably pass. If you do run, it is a good book to listen on a long run. Good memoir, but is not going to give you any incites on running better.
I actually listened to this book as I ran. It was interesting to listen to something that was connected to what I was doing. In actual fact I'm really a cyclist and was training for a Triathlon and someone at an airport suggested I pick this up. Lots of great little bits about running and how this author reacts to it. This not teach you how to run , but it certainly gives you a perspective from this authors point of view.
I found this essay interesting and thoughtful; it is probably more interesting if you are a runner, or have read some of Murakami's other novels. Some of his phrases are quite beautiful and I found most of the book interesting.
I was disapppointed since I didn't realize that this was a memoir of Murakami's running career. I thought it was one of his murder-mysteries that happened to involve a runner on the beach. About 1/3 of the way into it, I realized that I'd made a mistake. To a runner or to someone who has an interest in the sport, I'm sure this would be an enjoyable read - it's well-written and engaging. But, sadly, I have no interest in running or reading about it. I was interested in Murakami's fiction because, over a period of a few days, his name had popped up several times and my curiosity was piqued. So I'm still looking for one of his pieces of fiction.
Although the title was misleading, the book wasn't that bad. I enjoyed the narrator's voice. The book did give me motivation to be active as it will lead to an active mind. At times, I felt like the author discussed writing more than running but I didn't mind as one of my resolutions is to start writing again.
This book is just about running, which I don't do. I was looking for more meaning and spiritual realizations. What I got was reinforcement of what I always thought about a runner's psychology: A strong fear of growing old and obsession about control.
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