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  • Title: What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
  • Author: Haruki Murakami Philip Gabriel
  • ISBN: 9780307269195
  • Page: 427
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In 1982, having sold his jazz bar to devote himself to writing, Murakami began running to keep fit A year later, he d completed a solo course from Athens to Marathon, and now, after dozens of such races, not to mention triathlons and a dozen critically acclaimed books, he reflects upon the influence the sport has had on his life and even important on his writing EIn 1982, having sold his jazz bar to devote himself to writing, Murakami began running to keep fit A year later, he d completed a solo course from Athens to Marathon, and now, after dozens of such races, not to mention triathlons and a dozen critically acclaimed books, he reflects upon the influence the sport has had on his life and even important on his writing Equal parts training log, travelogue, and reminiscence, this revealing memoir covers his four month preparation for the 2005 New York City Marathon and takes us to places ranging from Tokyo s Jingu Gaien gardens, 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 panorama of memories and insights the eureka moment when he decided to become a writer, his greatest triumphs and disappointments, his passion for vintage LPs, and the experience, after fifty, of seeing his race times improve and then fall back By turns funny and sobering, playful and philosophical, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running is rich and revelatory, both for fans of this masterful yet guardedly private writer and for the exploding population of athletes who find similar satisfaction in distance running.
    What I Talk About When I Talk About Running In having sold his jazz bar to devote himself to writing Murakami began running to keep fit A year later he d completed a solo course from Athens to Marathon and now after dozens of such rac

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    1. happy sigh You know when you read a book and it just speaks to you Something about the time and place and just all the circumstances match up and you know you read the book at the perfect time This was that.My drive to immerse myself in the world of writing keeps growing, and I ve found so much fun in collecting books about writers and writing that I can t wait to sink into I had to start somewhere, so I picked up What I Talk About When I Talk About Running because, back when I bought it a few m [...]

    2. To get through life some people drink copious amounts of alcohol to de stress Others smoke tobacco or cannabis Some try heavier substances My drug of choice, my way of clearing my head, calming down and escaping for a few hours, is to run I am an absolute junkie Sometimes I feel like I live to run When I m not reading, writing or cycling to work, then I m running It s a fantastic experience, blasting my favourite psychedelic rock albums as I lose all my troubles on the road Anyone who has taken [...]

    3. I m a bit baffled by how anyone who s not a distance runner could possibly be interested in this book, but I personally got a lot out of it This is in spite of the fact that I m not a Murakami girl, and honestly didn t enjoy the style of this book at all I always feel when I m reading him that I ve somehow wound up with a crappy translation, but then I realize that I m reading the same version as all the English only Murakami lovers out there, so apparently I just don t like the way he writes St [...]

    4. Audiobook narrated by Haruki MurakamiListening to Murakami speak about the very universal way our inner voice functions with random thoughts like clouds in the sky that come and go was a little taste of heaven for me Given that I, too, was a runner for 25 years of my life running marathons and hilly trail half marathons often beginning my training runs in the dark with a flashlight this was absolutely a lovely delightful Audiobook I enjoyed it very much I m familiar with the language the culture [...]

    5. Read for Popsugar s 2018 Reading Challenge 19 A book about or involving a sportThis book was fantastic I have yet to read any of Murakami s novels, but after reading this book I will be sure to pick one up soon I own six of them, after all While I wish he had talked about writing a bit than he did, I genuinely enjoyed hearing him speak on running and what it means to him I feel like reading this book and getting to know Murakami a bit better will help me enjoy his novels even when I do eventua [...]

    6. It was a rainy evening about seven years ago when I entered a book store It was the perfect refuge warm lights, thin crowd, a tea bar and loads of books I marched to the tea bar, ordered a ginger mint tea, placed my bag on a chair in the seating area and hopped to the alleys to browse for books while the tea was being brewed Running my eyes like a squirrel, I was surveying the titles one after another when they came to a halt they spotted a pristine white cover with a circular swirl in blood red [...]

    7. Nothing in the real world is as beautiful as the illusions of a person about to lose consciousness Murakami s mind has always fascinated me that he transcends the normal and dull, spreading them into a realistic, dreamlike, colorful, soulful reality, amazes me And I think when most of us read someone that fascinates and or amazes us, we want to know what that person is like what makes him or her tick And obviously we re almost always disappointed an amazing mind doesn t equal an amazing person a [...]

    8. In What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, Haruki Murakami doesn t try to convince others that we should all become long distance runners triathletes like him He does talk about why he took up running, how it has helped him with his creativity and why he will continue to run as long as he feels the need to do so.I ve never read a book by Murakami, other than this one But, the interesting way in which he views the world makes me think that I d probably enjoy his stuff.I listened to this, rat [...]

    9. This was great But I was kind of hoping it would make me want to quit smoking and start being a runner It did not If anything, it solidified my already pretty solid hatred of the idea of running God damn stupid healthy Haruki.

    10. If you are a runner, this book is very inspiring We learn of why Murakami decided to become a writer, leaving behind his jazz bar and how he also committed to running a marathon every year It is exhilarating and encouraging to see how he completely and successfully changed his life He has run marathons everywhere including the original Marathon to Athens route albeit in the wrong season and about other long distance races he ran in He is a fascinating man who SO deserves a Nobel and you get an i [...]

    11. Hashiru koto ni tsuite kataru toki ni boku no kataru koto What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, Haruki Murakami 2011 1388 183 9789643627553 1389 1390 179 1394 21 1390 160 9789643627553 1389 1390 179 1394 21

    12. I must say that I am very thankful to this book for getting me back into the habit of running and giving me a ready made excuse to spend 45 minutes of my time thus.

    13. An easy read but very simplistic and very repetitive Not a runner myself, prefer walking so didn t really relate to that part The parts about how he started writing was fairly interesting but all in all was disappointed in this book as a whole Did quite a bit of skimming.

    14. An ideal book for writer runners or running writers , but also probably worth it for non running non writing readers as there s enough straight talk and suggestion about serious themes enduring pain, aging, the importance of routine, self awareness alertness Quick, lean, honest, at times amazing, occasionally mundane, definitely worthwhile BUT WAIT The really cool thing about this book is that it s also about authority Murukami has run 25 marathons including a 62 mile supermarathon and written s [...]

    15. Spare and meditative I m not a runner of an elliptical guy but this book is as much about aging, creativity, acceptance, and finding your own peace with who you are ok, that sounds way new agey than I mean as marathons Murakami fans will recognize the author s lean, simple prose and new readers may find an easy introduction to Murakami s work Don t be fooled by the slim nature of this volume you can tell Murakami put a lot of soul into What I Talk About When I Talk About Running.

    16. Murakami riuscito a farmi andare a correre la mattina EDIT 13 3 2016 Ho partecipato alla Euroma2run, 5 km S ,ok, la non competitiva di 5 km Ma grande traguardo EDIT 10 1 2016 pi di un mese che alle sei vado a correre, pioggia, Natale e capodanno compresi 3 Comunque c gente pi sciroccata di me che domenica alle sei va a lavare la macchina, parliamone Affinch sia chiara la profondit di questa cosa, io sono di quelle persone che in inverno andrebbe in letargo, che alla frase Dai corriamo, passa l a [...]

    17. The Loneliness Of The Long Distance WriterIn this slim but not slight memoir, the best selling and prolific Japanese novelist chronicles why and how he took up long distance running, which coincided with selling his jazz bar in the early 80s to write full time.In clear, deceptively simple prose occasionally hampered by clich , Murakami touches on intriguing themes like aging and perseverence, making a solid case comparing running to novel writing The book, of course, takes its title from Raymond [...]

    18. What I Talk about When I Talk about WalkingI was originally of a sportsman or a sportsboy than an athlete.As a schoolboy, I absolutely hated running any distance over 100 meters I was the second fastest in my year at the 100 meter sprint there were two able males in my grade , and for a while I could even do the 100 meters hurdles Although I loved surfing and body surfing, I was hopeless at swimming anything but across the pool I just wasn t made out for anything but team sports where I could b [...]

    19. My running companion over the past two and a half weeks has been Haruki Murakami at least, narrator Ray Porter channeling Murakami What I Talk About When I Talk About Running is empathetic memoir than self help book, but I have no doubt in my mind that Murakami helped to boost my running game After a few runs I began to think of the audiobook as a philosophical coach I d recommend this memoir to seasoned runners as well as relative newbies like myself I decided to only listen to the audiobook w [...]

    20. In this book Haruki Murakami writes about his running life, doing marathons and triathlons He writes about the successes and failures, the effect of ageing and his reasons why he runs and keeps running For me, I felt the first half of the book was clear and easy read than later, a bit like running a marathon can be The mood throughout shows the author s general character, and the text never gets boring It s an easy read, not too long Although I know I will never pick up running love my knees to [...]

    21. As a non runner, this is likely to be the one and only book I ll ever read about running so it s just as well it s written by Murakami This is my second read of it yes really non runner and it s a lot less about writing than I remember it Until he writes a memoir dedicated to an analysis of his life and his work though if ever , barring discussing it in articles, this is probably the closest I ll get Reading this is proof positive that I ll read anything written by this man, though I d have had [...]

    22. A pleasent to read harukian journal autobiography I started running a few months ago, so this book comes perfectly It is an interesting opportunity to enter in the mind of Haruki Murakami Like.

    23. It s all very well to occasionally throw in a broccoli or two into the plate and create one s own illusion of well being, but to tie up your laces and pound the streets day after day, mile after lonely mile, watching your pace, watching your breathing, watching your muscles, soaking in the deepest hues of blue of your inner sky that is cleared of all thought clouds, entering that cozy void of silence, listening only to your inner voice, treating running as a metaphor for life Man, RESPECT Have a [...]

    24. It is as if the book were written for me Love it, for very personal reasons, naturally because I love writing and like running Actually thinking when will be my first marathon before reading this book I bassically try to avoid Murakami s novels as I want to be positive and I don t like the sorrow in his stories, it rottens my heart and stings my head But this book is excellent There are a mild sadness and deep philosophy typical of him, but it gives me practical lessons and strength to act, on m [...]

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