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What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running | Haruki Murakami
From the best-selling author of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and After Dark, a rich and revelatory memoir about writing and running, and the integral impact both have made on his life.In 1982, having sold his jazz bar to devote himself to writing, Haruki 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 slew of critically acclaimed books, he reflects upon the influence the sport has had on his life andeven more importanton 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 includes settings 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 marvellous lens of sport emerges a cornucopia 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 the age of 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 both for fans of this masterful yet guardedly private writer and for the exploding population of athletes who find similar satisfaction in distance running.
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SanjanaGhosh
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Panpan

I did not really enjoy this book.The gist of the book is all the reasons why the author likes running. But it has surely made me decide that it's high time since I take up running as an exercise xD

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Kerishna
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A metaphysical guide to marathon running 🏃🏾‍♀️

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TheReadingCompanion
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Excellent memoir even if it‘s about a sport, but the many references to discipline, writing and goals made it a very enjoyable memoir. My favourite Murakami so far.

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noellereads
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Finished Murakami's memoir, "What I Talk About When I Talk About Running". Murakmai relates running with life itself. He states that we can't control the pain or sorrow that life throws at us, but we can decide on how we will approach the situation. This book will open your mind to think more positively! I highly recommend it!

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Howseldomtheydo
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Trying to motivate myself! Getting out the door is hard but I‘m always glad I went for a run when I‘m done ✅ Also trying to make peace with the fact that as I age I am slowing down. #bfc3 #bookfitnesschallenge #audiobook #read

Kappadeemom Me too! 3mo
Howseldomtheydo @Kappadeemom 👍🏻 4 slow miles ✅🥵 and smiling 🤗 3mo
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noellereads
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I've been gone for quite a while! Have had a lot going on and soon I'll be moving to another country! 🇸🇪 Has anyone else's year been crazy busy too? 😄📚

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Boooooks
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5⭐️ could definitely see myself re-reading this when I need a bit of motivation, hopefully this can give me a push to run outside 😬

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Well-ReadNeck
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Bkwurm I‘ve heard great things about this one. I love Murakami. It would be interesting to read a memoir. 5mo
TheEllieMo I started this one; parked it as I wasn‘t enjoying it tbh 5mo
Velvetfur Oohh I've just read this one! See review on my page 😁 I'll have a read of yours now too 👍 5mo
lovelybookshelf I'm not into running, but I'm a huge Murakami fan, so I tried this anyhow (on audio) and really enjoyed it. Liked how his thoughts on running applied to life in general. 5mo
Naltez This is one of my favorites. The idea of perseverance and how it applies to all aspects of life is ... inspiring? A way to keep going? Either way I have come back to this often 5mo
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CaroPi
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So this week my #bookfitnesschallenge is a bit later I was far away from society and just coming back.... My 30 days challenge is going slower than expected but there is progress...the best is my reading progress. I am crashing it!
#BFCr2
#bfc

wanderinglynn Great week! 🙌🏻 You‘re making fantastic progress! 🎉 5mo
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Eringogreen
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Quick, interesting and inspiring as I began a journey toward learning to jog. From an author who wrote one of my favorite novels.

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daniwithtea
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The pollen count was finally low enough to venture out for a quick run. No audiobook, but a lovely chat with my husband - I jogged alongside him while he walked. Love these quiet vacation mornings. Got some reading in this morning as well - finished The Countess Conspiracy and Essential Scrum, and got a few more chapters into Leadership in Turbulent Times.

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rustydigg
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"Nothing in the real world is as beautiful as the illusion of a person about to loose consciousness."

DebinHawaii Welcome to Litsy!! 🎉📚🎉Hope you enjoy it here! Check out @LitsyWelcomeWagon to get tips on connecting & navigating Litsy 7mo
wanderinglynn Welcome to Litsy! 👋🏻 7mo
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Dolly
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Mehso-so

This held my interest to a certain extent but that was mostly because I was doing work outside, had no other options, and it was fairly short.

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erzascarletbookgasm
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"All I do is keep on running in my own cozy, homemade void, my own nostalgic silence. And this is a pretty wonderful thing...”

He may not be #borntorun, but running plays a big role in Murakami's life. This memoir gives a glimpse of the man himself, where he reflects on his passion for long-distance running, its relevance to writing, and the connection between running and life. I enjoyed this, my first Murakami. #marchintothe70s

sisilia Murakami‘s best 9mo
gradcat This is a wonderful choice! ❤️ 9mo
Cathythoughts ♥️👍🏻 9mo
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britt_brooke I really liked this one! 9mo
Blaire I liked this one too! 9mo
NitaSweeney One of my favorites. I love how his mind works. 8mo
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Amandakay
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“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”

BarbaraTheBibliophage Central principle of Buddhism. 10mo
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sailu112
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Being a runner myself, I could resonate with Haruki Murakami on so many levels. The way a runner feels on the race day to what they think about when they are running. It felt like those were the words which were hidden in my brain waiting to be spoken

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LouLouLane
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I don‘t run but I like the idea of running.

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dariazeoli
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I‘m not a runner, and this is my first Murakami book, but I think I found a kindred spirit today! 😁

Kappadeemom Yes!!! 12mo
valeriegeary Amen. 🙌 12mo
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tsundoku
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Murakami, a favourite of mine, hits the nail on the head as to why I run too: ‘I run in order to acquire a void.‘ I‘ve always said running for me is a form of meditation and this is so true! 💙 Murakami #whatitalkaboutwhenitalkaboutrunning #harukimurakami #running #runner

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tsundoku
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I am getting ill 🤧 so currently on the sofa, under a blanket with the doggo acting as a hot water bottle. Second time reading this as didn‘t finish it the 1st time and I‘ve no idea why not - love it! And love Murakami so much 😍 #whatitalkaboutwhenitalkaboutrunning #haruki #murakami #harukimurakami #love

BridgetteM Hope you feel better soon! 12mo
tsundoku @BridgetteM thank you! 12mo
DePaepe Murakami is the best! Feel better! 12mo
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tsundoku @DePaepe he is so good! Read south of the border, west of the sun a couple of weeks ago and it reminded me how much I love him! ❤️ 12mo
DePaepe I'm about a third of the way through Killing Commendatore right now. Love it so far. 12mo
tsundoku @DePaepe oh that‘s good to hear - so far I‘ve not heard great things about it 🤔 which made me very very sad 12mo
DePaepe I had heard the same thing so I downloaded the sample off Google and was very intrigued with what I read. Definitely glad I've given it a shot. 12mo
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Giant_book_worm
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I quite enjoyed this brief look into the mind of an author and long distance runner. I will probably have this on a list of best books I read year.

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Giant_book_worm
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I need to finish this off by next Monday. I plan to read it today. I am interested in reading a bit more about this fantastic author and his runnibg hobby.

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daniwithtea
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❤️❤️❤️

wanderinglynn ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
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rashiknahiyen
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It doesn't matter what field you're talking about- beating somebody else just doesn't do it for me. I'm much for interested in whether I reach the goals that I set for myself.

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Alisnazzy
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When you treat yourself in the most Litten way possible 😍

LauraJ Sooo damn cool! 1y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Where did you find this wonder??! 🤩 1y
Centique Awesome!! 1y
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TheBookBaron
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Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.

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GatheringBooks
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#QuotsyJune18 Day 24: The #Competition in the highway of existence - no one really wins or loses.

Cathythoughts This is such an important quote 👍🏻❤️ 1y
GatheringBooks @Cathythoughts i agree. too often we have a lot of self-imposed measures of success that only bring more heartache than peace and happiness. 1y
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broughtyoubooks
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I really love how this read like a mildly edited thought process. Murakami manages to make the mundane seem more vibrant, and even the act of running, while not seeming made up of much at its core, becomes a lot in a greater sense.

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Billypar
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Maddening. It was like having the Dos Equis man in a quiet corner of a bar, but you can't get him to talk about anything besides his morning routine. In fairness, Murakami set out to write a memoir about running and he definitely delivered on that (maybe a bit too well). There'd be parts where he'd veer off & talk about writing novels or running his jazz club and my interest would perk up, until the inevitable: "But back to my training regimen..."

Reviewsbylola Haha, your review is perfect! 2y
Kappadeemom If you are a runner would you like this? 2y
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Billypar @Kappadeemom I think there's a good chance, yes. And actually....I did start up a morning jogging routine while reading it. I might have liked it better if I wasn't picturing the hypothetical Murakami memoir I would have preferred reading! 2y
LiteraryinLititz Such a great review! I can understand how that would be frustrating. 2y
britt_brooke I liked this one but I understand what you‘re saying. 2y
Suet624 Hahahaha. Great review. 2y
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readinginthedark
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1. My son has a school color run tomorrow. And it‘s Free Comic Book Day!!!
2. Donuts! Allllll the donuts!
3. I finished the tagged book today. Not what I expected, but in a good way; probably review it soon.
4. My work van got a new wrap and it‘s beautiful! 😍Will post picture tomorrow.
5. Thanks for the tag @Ddzmini ! I‘ll tag @PaperbackReader if you feel like it. 😉

DivaDiane I know! Unfortunately, I couldn‘t find a comic book store participating in our area. And I don‘t want to go into London. 😥 2y
readinginthedark @DivaDiane Aw, that sucks! I got lucky there‘s one shop and our libraries participating here, ‘cause I didn‘t want to drive over to St. Louis either. 2y
PaperbackReader Sorry I didn‘t comment but haven‘t been in here in awhile (I know, bad me) but I did get a couple of comics free from Eclipse when I managed to get over there after work 2y
readinginthedark @PaperbackReader No worries! Life, I get it. 2y
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Susan
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And now for something completely different. It‘s time for a running book. ❤️

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Chris
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Jessicaswebster
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I think in my own way I‘m aware of this danger—probably through experience—and that‘s why I‘ve had to constantly keep my body in motion, in some cases pushing myself to the limit, in order to heal the loneliness I feel inside and to put it into perspective

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Chris
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Excited!

britt_brooke I enjoyed this one. 👍🏻 2y
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kbuggle
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My brother told me I should read this. And he was correct! All I want to do right now is go running. Or reading; I‘d take reading as well.

Really enjoyed this short memoir on Murakami‘s running life.

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Joyfulmimi
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Thankful to find two books in a row that I absolutely loved! This was an incredibly honest, heartfelt and inspirational book. As he said: “What‘s most important is what you can‘t see but can feel with your heart”. I so appreciate these authors reminding us exactly what it means to be human. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Scarlett_ohara
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Panpan

Honestly, I feel it's my own fault I didn't like it. My friend had the audiobook and the only Murakami I had read before was "Norwegian Wood", so I asked her to send it to me, hoping to read something similar. What I got was a memoir about all the marathons Murakami had ever run. I was bored. Not my cup of tea.

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Joyfulmimi
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About to start reading another memoir. I cannot get enough of them. They are my favorites, adding much joy to my life. Second in line are essay collections. Sorry, literary fiction. You are third.

MelAnn I love memoirs! 2y
Kaye Memoirs are some of my favorites too. 2y
Joyfulmimi My Sissies @MelAnn and @kaye 2y
Kaye Yep we could be the Memoir Triplets. @melann @Joyfulmimi ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
Joyfulmimi Love that idea @Kaye 2y
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Scarlett_ohara
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Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.

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danibel
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Gosh, I wish this was true

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danibel
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Currently reading

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AKinderman
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Some great insights into one of my other hobbies.