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What I Talk About When I Talk About Running | [Haruki Murakami]

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

In 1982, having sold his jazz bar to devote himself to writing, Haruki 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, he reflects upon the influence the sport has had on his life and on his writing.
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Publisher's Summary

In 1982, having sold his jazz bar to devote himself to writing, Haruki 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, he reflects upon the influence the sport has had on his life and on his writing.

Equal parts travelogue, training log, and reminiscence, this revealing memoir covers his four-month preparation for the 2005 New York City Marathon and includes settings ranging from Tokyo's Jingu Gaien gardens, where he once shared the course with an Olympian, to the Charles River in Boston.

Funny and sobering, playful and philosophical, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running is both for fans of this masterful yet guardedly private writer and for the exploding population of athletes who find similar satisfaction in distance running.

©2008 Haruki Murakami (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Hugely enjoyable...you don't have to have run a marathon to be captivated." (Sunday Telegraph)

"Murakami manages to set a course that takes in views of literature, sport and the uphill journey of ageing, all with a modest fluency that covers the ground without raising a sweat." (Independent)

"There can never have been a book quite like this memoir of running and writing before. In its self-contained way, it is nothing less than an inspiration." (Evening Standard)

"This charming little book is a winner from start to finish." (Independent on Sunday)

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    Kevin Walton on Thames, United Kingdom 15/05/2011
    Kevin Walton on Thames, United Kingdom 15/05/2011 Member Since 2010
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    "Motivational, Insightful, Poetic"

    I think my title says it all.

    I couldn't stop playing this book - it just drifted over me, yet motivated me to lace up my shoes and get running.

    A great read for any runner or endurance athelete.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    M?rten Sweden 14/01/2011
    M?rten Sweden 14/01/2011
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    "Good and philosophical but.."

    ..perhaps a bit to introvert and slow. It had me thinking of what I think about when I run. That's all well and nice. But the book became a bit boring in the second half.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Rowlands Gill,, United Kingdom 28/03/2011
    Stephen Rowlands Gill,, United Kingdom 28/03/2011 Member Since 2005

    Classics,contemporary fiction, Politics, Philosophy, Economics - a weekly eye on The New Yorker & The Guardian and dense word style/play.

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    "Talking to the converted"

    I read a review of this in this week?s Sunday Times and had the great satisfaction of knowing straight away that the reviewer was not a reader of Murakami?s fictional works and had completely missed the point of What I Talk About.
    This book - which is, in fact, a collection in the classic essay form, was written and released by the writer for his established readers. There can be no other interest in the minutiae of running routines and preparations, what is going through the mind, how the programme is structured, where the running took place, what the weather conditions were like, how the muscles hurt, how the relaxation took place and who was running alongside....other than to get to know the mind (and is that the soul) of Murakami.
    To that end, the essays work perfectly, it is a one-way dialogue where the author sits and gives you insights which are, for once, not filtered through the narrative and invention of the story.....we certainly believe that Murakami runs every day and has done for the last 20 odd years, his achievements against public running events such as the NYC Marathon are verifiable, as verifiable as his descriptions of the waterfront in Boston. So, if they are verifiable they must be ?true,? and so easy to absorb.
    But what if all the running is an invention - it can?t be, we trust Murakami and in this iteration we have a true, prosaic voice we can trust - he?s on Facebook and he gives lectures so he must be OK....so where does all that Johnny Walker and Sheepman stuff come from......?
    A really enjoyable, absorbing and diverting read, so different from anything else Murakami and so the same as same as.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Wetherby, Yorkshire 05/12/2013
    Debbie Wetherby, Yorkshire 05/12/2013 Member Since 2012

    I'm an enthusiastic Yorkshire lass. I enjoy listening to Audible on my daily commute - especially good biographies and motivational books

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    "A philosophical view on the joys of running"

    Enjoyed this. I am a relaxed runner, not a serious runner like Haruki but I could totally identify with this book.
    Excellent

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    Katie Murphy Liverpool, UK 23/12/2012
    Katie Murphy Liverpool, UK 23/12/2012

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    "Runner's Meditations"

    I didn't know what to expect from this book. As a casual runner who struggles to get motivated I was looking for a book that would get me back out there more often. This isn't so much that sort of book, but I did find myself entirely immersed in the author's philosophical musings on what it means to be a runner, what his training means to him, and his autobiographical story, all of which combine to make almost a meditation on life and running.



    This book has clarified some of my own thoughts when I run, which unfortunately is still a too-rare occurrence. It has also made me want to seek out some of the author's other non-running related titles. Recommended for thoughtful runners and non-runners alike.

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    donnakay delahaye 13/05/2014 Member Since 2012
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    "Boring!!!"
    What disappointed you about What I Talk About When I Talk About Running?

    a very slow & boring book not really about running just a load of talking about random things


    Would you ever listen to anything by Haruki Murakami again?

    nope


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    yes


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from What I Talk About When I Talk About Running?

    the whole book


    Any additional comments?

    boring & slow.. i did not learn anything

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Akko
    Koshigaya, Japan
    11/03/11
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    "Easier to listen to, wonderful narration !"

    I listened to this audiobook more more than 5 times, and still get excited as if opening a brand new book which I longed to read. The narration perfectly suites the content, and is very comfortable to follow.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Maria
    Mexico D.F., Mexico
    08/04/13
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    "beautiful insight on running"
    Where does What I Talk About When I Talk About Running rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks among my favourites


    What was one of the most memorable moments of What I Talk About When I Talk About Running?

    the insights you get on the mind of the author as a runner keep me focus on running myself


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the scene where he knows usual runners from newbies, just by their breathing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel Zlotnik
    Mexico City
    06/01/13
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    "Inspiring for Runners... and humans."
    What made the experience of listening to What I Talk About When I Talk About Running the most enjoyable?

    It's so simple and complex at the same time that makes it beautiful.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The analogy between runing and art.


    Which character – as performed by Ray Porter – was your favorite?

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    Any additional comments?

    no.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hisateru
    Tokyo, Japan
    05/09/12
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    "Interesting to knew what Murakami Haruki is"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this for those who are interested in Haruki Murakami
    himself rather than his novels.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Niki
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    29/08/12
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    "Great book"

    I really liked this book. I have already read 1Q84 and the wind up bird chronicle which i loved. This book is both about running but also about Murakami s life as an author. A very original and innovative idea, like most of his books.

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  • antonio
    genthod, Switzerland
    07/06/12
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    "I also love running, jazz (and Murakami's books)"

    The book is in fact a diary where Murakami describes his experience in becoming a runner : there is plenty of suggestions, memories and considerations about the noble art of running. It is very clear -after a while- that the authors draws a parallel between life and long distance running ( "pain is unavoidable, suffering is optional") and the book takes another dimension and offers reflections about the time, the process of getting old, the adjustment of our ambitions.
    A truly great book, for those who run and those who do not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rafa Rodriguez
    Rotterdam
    09/05/12
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    "Great story to listen while running"

    Inspiring story and very easy to listen while engaging in other activities such as running.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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