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, 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 settings ranging from Tokyo's Jingu Gaien gardens, where he once shared the course with an Olympian, to the Charles River in Boston.
By turns funny and sobering, playful and philosophical, this is a must-read for fans of this masterful yet private writer as well as for the exploding population of athletes who find similar satisfaction in distance running.
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Hugely enjoyable... You don't have to have run a marathon to be captivated - Sunday Telegraph
Comical, charming and philosophical...an excellent memoir - GQ
There can never have been a book quite like this memoir of running and writing, taken together, before. In its self-contained way, it's nothing less than an inspiration - Evening Standard
This charming little book is a winner from start to finish - Independent on Sunday
Thre's a wandering, digressive, free-form quality to the writing - like improvised jazz - familiar to anyone who has read the novels, with their labyrinth plots, perplexed, solitary male protagonists, meaningful coincidences and dream-like sequences. The narrative voice here is as persuasive as in any of the novels, candid and jaunty, and you finish the book charmed by the simple, unaffected grace of Murakami - Observer
Builds up a steady pace and creates a hypnotic rhythm...Even those who can't be bothered to run for the bus will be moved by the way he describes running as providing a precious time free of quotidian worries - Metro
An inspiration...Murakami describes the feeling of pushing one's body to the limit better than anyone - Scotsman
The biggest hitter of the year - Observer Sport Monthly
A short, thoughtful book worth several shelves of self-help titles - Scotland on Sunday
The closest thing to a memoir that Haruki Murakami will ever write - Sunday Herald
A gentle, meditative memoir - Grazia
This is my most recent inspirational find...Murakami makes me want to write hard and run far and fast - Easy Living
An inspiration...Murakami describes the feeling of pushing one's body to the limit better than anyone. - The Scotsman
This book is in some ways the story of the workings of Murakami's mind ... He is a fine writer, and an interesting man. As I closed this slim volume, I was left wanting to know more about him. - Guardian
The book has a Zen-like quality, and it's terrific. - Evening Standard
Wonderfully written account. - The Daily Mail Christmas Books
[Murakami] says no-one can warm to a character like his, but when he talks like this, on the run, we keep pace and pay rapt attention. - The Times
In this memoir, he offers a fascinating insight into this strange discipline which frequently parallels his attitude towards writing. - The Daily Telegraph
Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto in 1949 and now lives near Tokyo. He is the author of many novels as well as short stories and non-fiction. His works include Norwegian Wood,The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Kafka on the Shore, After Dark and What I Talk About When I Talk About Running. His work has been translated into more than forty languages, and the most recent of his many international honours is the Jerusalem Prize, whose previous recipients include J.M. Coetzee, Milan Kundera, and V.S. Naipaul. He has recently written on the Boston Marathon in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2013/05/murakami-running-boston-marathon-bombing.html