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What I Talk about When I Talk about Running: A Memoir

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Revealing memoir covers his four month preparation for the New York City Marathon and takes us to places ranging from Tokyos 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. Murakami make Super 8 (Motel 6, in Boston among young women who outpace him Through this marvelous lens of sport emerges a panorama of memories and A Calendar of Cases of Witchcraft in Scotland, 1510-1727 insights the eureka moment when he decided to become a writer his greatest. Murakami make

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In having sold his jazz bar to devote himself to writing Murakami began running to keep fit A year later hed 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 andevenimportanton his writingEual parts training log travelogue and reminiscence this. I have this t 5 Steps to a 5 500 AP U.S. History Questions to Know by Test Day influence the sport has had on his life andevenimportanton his writingEual parts training log travelogue and reminiscence this. I have this t

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Triumphs and disappointments his passion for vintage LPs and the experience after fifty of seeing his race times improve and then fall backBy 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 runni. Yes if you'v Pain and Pretending/With Study Guide improve and then fall backBy turns funny and sobering playful and philosophical What I Talk About When I Talk About Running Pain and Pretending 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 Sweet Valley Twins and Friends Super Chillers Boxed Set in runni. Yes Evolving the Mind if you'v


9 thoughts on “What I Talk about When I Talk about Running: A Memoir

  1. says:

    Reading the pages of this book makes me angry, bored and confused.SEXISTEvery time the writer talks about a runner or a writer he uses masculine pronouns The only times women are mentioned is when the author objectifies some Harvard female runners While he's busy talking about their proud ponytails and long strong legs, he doesn't miss to say that these girls probably don't know as much as I do about pain.NOT A RUNNER'S BOOKThis guy has no idea what he's talking about He has been running marathons for 25 years and his best time is around 3h30m?! You don't have to run a 2h marathon to be a runner, but his practices are RIDICULOUS I hope no one is reading this book to learn from this runner He just does long runs (almost) every day and that's it no thought in the training process, NOTHING! Not to mention that when he talks about his winter in Boston and the lack of opportunities to run due to the bad weather he says: So we give up running and instead try to keep in shape by swimming in indoor pools, pedaling away on those worthless bicycling machines This guy hasn't heard of functional training or anything else but running He only knows how to put on his Mizunos (beware of ads!) and jog for 1h.BORING WRITINGRepetitive, lots of back and forths, uneventful.


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    I’ve never read a Murakami novel before so I had no idea what to expect from his running memoir I’d seen it on the bookshelf of a number of runners so as I started training for my first marathon a few weeks ago, I picked up the book as well.I loved most of it I found his philosophy with both running and writing to be similar to mine There are many things that someone who’s not an endurance athlete can’t understand so maybe this book speaks to a narrow audience But I’m glad to be a member of that audience I found myself nodding along I’d read a free sample on my Kindle, then found a used paperback to buy so I could underline passages and make notes in the margin I loved this book so much I penciled it up.Now that I’ve seen this glimpse into his mind I want to try his novels, too.I would not say this is “equal parts training log, travelogue, and reminiscence,” as the book description does It includes all those things, but not in equal parts It’s a series of essays that he wrote, mostly during his training for the 2005 New York City Marathon, but the memories take him to other races and other periods of his life, and on a whirlwind tour of his stomping grounds across Hawaii, Boston, Greece, and Japan.


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    I have this theory that goes like this: sometimes we find books, and sometimes books find us.Oftentimes I'll pick up a book, read a few lines, and quickly close the covers I'll instinctively know that no matter how much I want to read it that that book's message was meant for a later time And sure enough, years later, I'll spot the book on the corner of my shelf and be moved to pick it up, only to find exactly what I needed to hear It's funny how life, and reading, works that way.Other times I'll find a book in the most random way through a footnote or a random citation in an obscure periodical, for instance and that book's message will be exactly what I needed to hear at that moment in my life That was certainly the case with Japanese novelist Karuki Murakami's wonderful little book, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running.While training for the New York City Marathon Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami decided to write about it as well What materialized was a unique memoir that discusses his twin passions of writing and running, and the interesting way they nurture and inform each other.I've been struggling as of late staying focused on the hard work of writing, so when I opened the book and read the following lines I knew that a message that I needed to hear had found me:One runner told of a mantra his older brother, also a runner, had taught him which he's pondered ever since he began running Here it is: Pain is inevitable Suffering is optional Say you're running and you start to think, Man this hurts, I can't take it any The hurt part is an unavoidable reality, but whether or not you can stand any is up to the runner himself This pretty much sums up the most important aspect of marathon running.If you feel called to creative work, and are struggling with finding the discipline necessary to create a body of work, you'll find this playful, oftentimes philosophical memoir food for your soul.


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    4 stars for What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami.Many people have raved about Haruki Murakami's writings in the past I must admit, I've never read anything else by him I stumbled on this book when looking for books about running And, I'm really glad that I did Equal parts memoir and running and writing advice, I was able to finish this book in a day.Haruki shares his experiences and calls out the parallels between running and writing He talks about both writing and running chose him Being a passionate reader and passionate runner, this book resonated with me I gave it 4 stars because I think he could have dug a bit deeper I felt he only skimmed the surface in relating how significant writing and reading are to his life and I found myself wanting to know .If you are a runner and a writer or a runner and a reader, I recommend this one.#runnersread #greatread #memoir #haruki #murakami #lovetoread #lovetorun #runstagram #readstagram #4stars


  5. says:

    Another non fiction book by Murakami so dont expect a story.I was hoping for a biography/documentary type book by and on Haruki Murakami and he wrote this.I was unsure of it when i bought but i ended up loving it.I love the author but also wanted to start running so it was 2 birds one stone.I really enjoyed his routine, his diary like running and experiences in different countries.This is a must if you are thinking of running.He was after all 33 when he decided to start running and still does religiously at nearly 70!!Very inspirational to me.A great background into his running,some humour involved,albeit shorter than his fiction novels but perfect length although i didnt want it to end.Funny enough i did visualise what i was doing in the past when he mentioned preparing for famous past marathons.Overall it wont be to everyones taste but to me i enjoyed it, i just hope he releases an in depth book into his life.Highly recommend to the reader interested in the subject.


  6. says:

    Murakami makes this book a super light, interesting memoir about personal development, discipline and progress easy to get through in a couple of days at the most.I have no interest in running (though I did consider starting after reading this) and bought a copy for my girlfriend who also has no interest in running, just because I loved it so much, and leant my copy to a colleague who I never got it back from! I need to get myself another copy I think!


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    Yes, if you've ever read a Murakami story Yes, if you ever lace up a pair of trainers and run to your own personal rhythm Yes, if you're interested in the art of the novel Yes, if you're none of those You'll find a friend in these pages.As you would expect from a writer of his pedigree, a book about the activity he has pursued since 1982, running, is about much that the non runner/running averse can get their teeth into As the writer himself says in Chapter One: running is both exercise and a metaphor. (p10) This philosophy is made apparent in the approach he has taken to writing and presenting this book, and he subsequently reveals much of his inner self as reflected upon the choices he has made and those activities he has chosen to pursue.This is not a brash book revealing a brash personality boosted by the buzz of running No, it's a book about an individual constantly reinventing and fighting to find elements of a self that he is content to call his own I think this is something we can all relate to, whatever lifestyle choices we make or have made.Of course, as a runner, a reader of Haruki and a bit of a word doodler, you could say that this is a book tailored to me Again, I think the book's reach is far broader than that: as a reader, I enjoy opening my mind to experiences that lie beyond my own world, as you can only really be enlightened by that which you don't already know or have realised.That's not to say that this book, as I have already mentioned, doesn't have any value for those to whom it appears to be made, such as me: far from it Through reading the reflections of someone as perceptive as Murakami on issues we well 'I', for sure have all wrestled with or experienced, you are able to smile at a metaphorical moment shared and/or be comforted by a familiar problem or obstacle surmounted.Yes, I guess, for me, the time with this book was like time spent with a good friend: we talked, we laughed, we consoled, we supported, and then we went home It was all too brief and we haven't changed the world, but the time we spent together was special and a great comfort to us both.And for those of you whose world of experience falls beyond that of Haruki, running and writing, you are, therefore, in a position to be enlightened, in some small way, about an aspect of each, which takes me back to what I enjoy about a book and, consequently, makes me think that you'd enjoy it, too.Which is a long winded way of reiterating that I think there is something in this short book for everyone that, whilst not maybe world changing, is life affirming and entertaining, and isn't that really enough to expect?


  8. says:

    `What I Talk About When I Talk About Running' is a part running and part writing memoir from Haruki Murakami and although relatively short it kept me engrossed the whole way through This follows Murakami as he talks about how he started running and how he trains for various events It also looks at how his running has affected his writing and how one often helps the other It is made up of many short essays that follow on from one another and flow well chronologically and sit well together as a complete book It is written in a deceptively simple way and although this has many short sentences, each one is expertly crafted and is describes what he is writing about perfectly He also talks about his triathlon training which breaks up the book slightly and adds to the overall dynamic of the book His tenacity whilst running ultra marathons is impressive and his resolves in maintaining his training schedule, come what may, should be an inspiration for those of us (I.e all of us) runners who struggle to get out of the door sometimes The part where he runs the Athens to Marathon route was especially good but to be honest this is packed full of many such stories to keep you reading and interested I'd suggest you will enjoy this if you run regularly, but that is in no way a prerequisite and you can enjoy this just as much if you are a couch potato Well worth checking out.Feel free to check out my blog which can be found on my profile page.


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    This product was bought as a gift for a friend who has participated in lots of half marathons and who motivates me to go out running.I have read it in Greek (gift from mum) and it was quite interesting to go into the mind of a frequent marathon runner!I have done a half marathon and doing another one soon, maybe a full marathon in the future, gets interesting towards the second half of the book Would recommend to first time half marathon runners that want some idea of what it is all about.Interesting to find out how running affects your life and clears your mind, as well as contributing to travelling for races and socialising Setting goals and accomplishing them.its all in your mind and mental strength.My friend said it was good and enjoyable to read.Put those shoes on, look up and keep smiling!Thanks