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What I Talk About When I Talk About Running (Vintage International)

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running (Vintage International)
Author: Haruki Murakami
ISBN 13: 9780307389831
ISBN 10: 307389839
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: 2009-08-11
Format: Paperback
Pages: 192
List Price: $14.95

An intimate look at writing, running, and the incredible way they intersect, from the incomparable, bestselling author Haruki Murakami.While simply training for New York City Marathon would be enough for most people, Haruki Murakami's decided to write about it as well. The result is a beautiful memoir about his intertwined obsessions with running and writing, full of vivid memories and insights, including the eureka moment when he decided to become a writer. 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 athletic pursuit.

The Barnes & Noble Review

Although the title of Haruki Murakami's memoir, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, gives you a fairly clear idea of the book's subject matter, the choice of running as a subject for Murakami, who is better known for his novels and short stories than for his participation in the Boston Marathon (seven times), calls for some explanation. So, in the foreword to the book, Murakami explains: "I'm not trying here to give advice like, 'Okay everybody -- let's run every day to stay healthy!' Instead, this is a book in which I've gathered my thoughts about what running has meant to me as a person. Just a book in which I ponder various things and think out loud."