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關於跑步,我說的其實是……

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寫作滿三十年前夕,村上春樹透過談跑步 道出自己不為人所知的寫作觀。

25年前村上春樹開始他的第一次跑步,那是1982年的秋天,三十三歲那一年,寫完《尋羊冒險記》,村上先生因為戒菸而體重增加,為了減肥,開始了他的第一步。從那以後村上接連不斷地跑,他曾經跑完雅典的全程馬拉松,也參加波士頓馬拉松比賽,平日每天幾乎都跑上十公里,可以說除了寫作,跑步已經是他最在行的事。

村上在這本書《關於跑步,我說的其實是……》中藉著記錄整理自己的經驗與思緒,分享他在跑步中所理解的人生以及寫作觀。至於書名是什麼意思?其實這本書的日文原名就是以外來語思維所寫的(What I Talk About When I Talk About Running),這個名稱明顯是向他喜愛的美國小說家瑞蒙.卡佛名作之一《當我們討論愛情》(What We Talk About When We
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Paperback, 216 pages
Published November 6th 2008 by 時報出版 (first published October 15th 2007)
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Saurabh Sharma It is an inspirational book. It encourages you to challenge yourself, to overcome pain and fear and yet also underlines the importance of facing and…moreIt is an inspirational book. It encourages you to challenge yourself, to overcome pain and fear and yet also underlines the importance of facing and accepting reality. The reality that nothing shall ever remain the same and pain is a certainity of life, however suffering is a choice that one makes.(less)
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Ariel
Feb 09, 2017 Ariel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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*happy sigh*

You know when you read a book and it just speaks to you? Something about the time and place and just all the circumstances match up and you know you read the book at the perfect time? This was that.

My drive to immerse myself in the world of writing keeps growing, and I've found so much fun in collecting books about writers and writing that I can't wait to sink into. I had to start somewhere, so I picked up What I Talk About When I Talk About Running because, back when I bought it a f
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Bookdragon Sean
Feb 28, 2017 Bookdragon Sean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: runners and writers
To get through life some people drink copious amounts of alcohol to de-stress. Others smoke tobacco or cannabis. Some try heavier substances. My drug of choice, my way of clearing my head, calming down and escaping for a few hours, is to run. I am an absolute junkie. Sometimes I feel like I live to run. When I’m not reading, writing or cycling to work, then I’m running. It’s a fantastic experience, blasting my favourite psychedelic rock albums as I lose all my troubles on the road. Anyone who ha ...more
Jessica
Jun 24, 2008 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: writing runners; running writers; probably no one else, really
Shelves: phys-ed
I'm a bit baffled by how anyone who's not a distance runner could possibly be interested in this book, but I personally got a lot out of it. This is in spite of the fact that I'm not a Murakami girl, and honestly didn't enjoy the style of this book at all. I always feel when I'm reading him that I've somehow wound up with a crappy translation, but then I realize that I'm reading the same version as all the English-only Murakami lovers out there, so apparently I just don't like the way he writes. ...more
Ben
Jan 20, 2009 Ben rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"Nothing in the real world is as beautiful as the illusions of a person about to lose consciousness."

Murakami's mind has always fascinated me; that he transcends the normal and dull, spreading them into a realistic, dreamlike, colorful, soulful reality, amazes me. And I think when most of us read someone that fascinates and/or amazes us, we want to know what that person is like -- what makes him or her tick. And obviously we're almost always disappointed: an amazing mind doesn't equal an amazing
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Hannah Messler
Apr 03, 2009 Hannah Messler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was great! But I was kind of hoping it would make me want to quit smoking and start being a runner. It did not. If anything, it solidified my already-pretty-solid hatred of the idea of running. God damn stupid healthy Haruki.
Michael Finocchiaro
If you are a runner, this book is very inspiring. We learn of why Murakami decided to become a writer, leaving behind his jazz bar and how he also committed to running a marathon every year. It is exhilarating (and encouraging!) to see how he completely (and successfully) changed his life. He has run marathons everywhere including the original Marathon to Athens route (albeit in the wrong season!) and about other long-distance races he ran in. He is a fascinating man (who SO deserves a Nobel!) a ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Hashiru koto ni tsuite kataru toki ni boku no kataru koto=What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, Haruki Murakami
عنوانها: از دو (دویدن) که حرف میزنم از چه حرف میزنم؛ وقتی از دویدن صحبت میکنم در چه موردی صحبت میکنم؛ نویسنده: هاروکی موراکامی؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: اول آوریل سال 2011 میلادی
عنوان: از دو (دویدن) که حرف میزنم از چه حرف میزنم؛ نویسنده: هاروکی موراکامی؛ مترجم: مجتبی ویسی؛ تهران، چشمه، 1388؛ در 183 ص؛ شابک: 9789643627553؛ چاپ سوم 1389؛ چاپ چهارم 1390؛ در 179 ص؛ چاپ ششم 1394؛ موضوع: دا
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Riku Sayuj
Oct 01, 2011 Riku Sayuj rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I must say that I am very thankful to this book for getting me back into the habit of running and giving me a ready made excuse to spend 45 minutes of my time thus.
Lee
Jul 11, 2008 Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An ideal book for writer runners (or running writers), but also probably worth it for non-running/non-writing readers as there's enough straight talk and suggestion about serious themes: enduring pain, aging, the importance of routine, self-awareness/alertness. Quick, lean, honest, at times amazing, occasionally mundane, definitely worthwhile. BUT WAIT! The really cool thing about this book is that it's also about authority. Murukami has run +25 marathons (including a +62-mile supermarathon) and ...more
Diane S ☔
Jan 23, 2017 Diane S ☔ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lor
An easy read but very simplistic and very repetitive. Not a runner myself, prefer walking so didn't really relate to that part. The parts about how he started writing was fairly interesting but all in all was disappointed in this book as a whole. Did quite a bit of skimming.
Serena.. Sery-ously?
Murakami è riuscito a farmi andare a correre la mattina. (EDIT 13/3/2016: Ho partecipato alla Euroma2run, 5 km! Sì,ok, la non competitiva di 5 km.. Ma grande traguardo! EDIT 10/1/2016: é più di un mese che alle sei vado a correre, pioggia, Natale e capodanno compresi :3) (Comunque c'è gente più sciroccata di me che domenica alle sei va a lavare la macchina, parliamone!)
Affinché sia chiara la profondità di questa cosa, io sono di quelle persone che in inverno andrebbe in letargo, che alla frase
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RandomAnthony
Jun 10, 2008 RandomAnthony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: murakami
Spare and meditative. I'm not a runner (more of an elliptical guy) but this book is as much about aging, creativity, acceptance, and finding your own peace with who you are (ok, that sounds way more new agey than I mean) as marathons. Murakami fans will recognize the author's lean, simple prose and new readers may find an easy introduction to Murakami's work. Don't be fooled by the slim nature of this volume; you can tell Murakami put a lot of soul into What I Talk About When I Talk About Runnin ...more
sweet jane
Feb 24, 2017 sweet jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"I see this book as a kind of memoir. Not something as grand as a personal history, but calling it an essay collection is a bit forced. This is repeating what I said in the foreword, but through the act of writing I wanted to sort out what kind of life I’ve led, both as a novelist and as an ordinary person, over these past twenty-five years...But for me, there was the hope that writing this book would allow me to discover my own personal standard. I’m not very confident that I’ve done a good jo ...more
Glenn Sumi


The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Writer

In this slim but not slight memoir, the best-selling and prolific Japanese novelist chronicles why and how he took up long-distance running, which coincided with selling his jazz bar in the early 80s to write full time.

In clear, deceptively simple prose (occasionally hampered by cliché), Murakami touches on intriguing themes like aging and perseverence, making a solid case comparing running to novel-writing. The book, of course, takes its title from Raym
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Zenmoon
Apr 08, 2013 Zenmoon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Murakami, or sports fans
Shelves: memoir, murakami


As a non-runner, this is likely to be the one and only book I’ll ever read about running so it’s just as well it’s written by Murakami. This is my second read of it (yes really … non-runner) and it’s a lot less about writing than I remember it. Until he writes a memoir dedicated to an analysis of his life and his work though (if ever), barring discussing it in articles, this is probably the closest I’ll get. Reading this is proof positive that I’ll read anything written by this man, though I’d h
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7jane
Feb 27, 2014 7jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this book Haruki Murakami writes about his running life, doing marathons and triathlons. He writes about the successes and failures, the effect of ageing and his reasons why he runs and keeps running. For me, I felt the first half of the book was more clear and easy read than later, a bit like running a marathon can be. The mood throughout shows the author's general character, and the text never gets boring. It's an easy read, not too long.

Although I know I will never pick up running - love
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Osric
May 06, 2015 Osric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
پاییز باشه، هوا سرد باشه، اتاق گرم و شومینه روشن باشه، فنجانی چایی باشه و صدای نم نم بارون پاییزی باشه، در کنار همه اینها کتابی از موراکامی باشه، اونم کتابی که بیشتر از هر نوشته ی دیگه ی این نویسنده احساس صمیمیت و همصحبتی رو به خواننده انتقال بده... تموم اینا، دست به دست هم دادن و شب زیبایی برام ساختن.

کتاب یجور صحبت صمیمی بین نویسنده و خواننده اس که توش نویسنده داره از تاثیرات رشته ورزشی خودش (دو) در نویسندگی و زندگی شخصیش میگه ولی نمی دونم چرا احساس صمیمی بودن نوشته ها رو بهم داد کتاب، انگار ی
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Ian "Marvin" Graye
What I Talk about When I Talk about Walking

I was originally more of a sportsman (or a sportsboy) than an athlete.

As a schoolboy, I absolutely hated running any distance over 100 meters. I was the second fastest in my year at the 100 meter sprint (there were two able males in my grade!), and for a while I could even do the 100 meters hurdles. Although I loved surfing and body surfing, I was hopeless at swimming anything but across the pool. I just wasn't made out for anything but team sports (whe
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Vimal Thiagarajan
It's all very well to occasionally throw in a broccoli or two into the plate and create one's own illusion of well being, but to tie up your laces and pound the streets day after day, mile after lonely mile, watching your pace, watching your breathing, watching your muscles, soaking in the deepest hues of blue of your inner sky that is cleared of all thought clouds, entering that cozy void of silence, listening only to your inner voice, treating running as a metaphor for life - Man, RESPECT!

Hav
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Matthew Quann
Apr 19, 2017 Matthew Quann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Matthew by: Lisa Bacque
My running companion over the past two and a half weeks has been Haruki Murakami; at least, narrator Ray Porter channeling Murakami. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running is more empathetic memoir than self-help book, but I have no doubt in my mind that Murakami helped to boost my running game. After a few runs I began to think of the audiobook as a philosophical coach. I’d recommend this memoir to seasoned runners as well as relative newbies like myself!

I decided to only listen to the au
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Megan Baxter
This is, I think, the second book I've read about distance running. I am wondering what my fascination with that is, although truly, I've read both because they came up on various lists. I, myself, am a walker. I love to go for long walks in the morning. Running does not as much appeal.

Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here.

In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasboo
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Batul
Dec 21, 2014 Batul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
خواستم اول پنج ستاره بدم ولی خب خودمو کنترل کردم، اون قدرا هم شاهکار نبود که!! ولی خب دوسش داشتم. یه جایی هاروکی میگه هیچ کس نمیتونه شخصیتی مثل من رو دوست داشته باشه. ولی من سریع گفتم چرا! من دارم:-) میدونید از سختکوشی و هدف داشتنش خوشم اومد و اینکه چقدر خوب برای اعمالش و رفتارهاش و لحظه لحظه ش دلیل داره، حتی اگه مسخره باشن و حتی اگه مجبور باشه برای خودش یه هدفی بتراشه تا فقط انگیزه و امیدش رو از دست نده و این یه درس خیلی مهم بود برای من. و دومین نکته مهم برام صداقتش بود.
نثرش رو هم دوست داشتم.
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Reza
Jan 11, 2017 Reza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
این کتاب در واقع یک زندگی نامه یا بیوگرافی از زندگی موراکامی به زبان خودش است. کتابی بسیار تاثیرگذار که میشه خیلی چیزا ازش یاد گرفت و به عنوان الگو تو زندگی پیادش کرد. نکته مهمی که تو زندگی موراکامی تقریبا تو همه کاراش بوده این بوده که هرکاری که کرده از روی علاقه انجامش داده و نه از روی اجبار و اینکه خودشم تا جایی که میتونسته کسی رو به انجام کاری تشویق نکرده حتی نویسندگی و دویدن.
Sara Kamjou
اولش خیلی خوب داشت پیش میرفت و من حسابی داشتم کیف میکردم که چه قدر خوب تجارب شخصیش رو بدون اینکه حالت نصیحت یا باید داشته باشه با ما به اشتراک گذاشته. اما به نیمههای کتاب که رسیدم واقعا برام خسته کننده بود و تبدیل به تکرار مکررات شد. البته قطعا این نظر شخصی منه.
با این حال نیمه اولش اونقدری خوب بود که بهش سه امتیاز رو بدم. به پشتکارش پنج میدم!
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Vanessa
Apr 10, 2016 Vanessa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh Murakami. You know how to make me happy in the simplest of ways.

I'm not a runner. I enjoy running now and again but I wouldn't term myself a runner. And ordinarily I wouldn't pick up books that are classified in the 'sport - non-fiction' genre - I didn't even know that was a genre but hey, that's what it is on the back of my copy! But Murakami doesn't just write about running, he also talks about writing and his life and I find him endlessly fascinating even when he is talking about what coul
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Srividya
I selected this book from the library simply because it was one of the few books that were readily available. Being a Murakami book, I thought that it would definitely be a nice read and so I borrowed it. Little did I know that this small book packed a punch within its covers, whose pages were bursting with some wonderful philosophies and some really interesting insights into Murakami’s mind and thought process.

What I talk about when I talk about running – The title itself is interesting and ple
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K.D. Absolutely
I bought this book almost two years ago after reading Haruki Murakami's Kafka on the Shore (4 stars) and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (4 stars). I liked those novels a lot so I purchased and read most of his other books right away like Sputnik Sweetheart (3 stars), After Dark (4 stars), Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman (3 stars), After the Quake (1 star - this used to be 3 stars until I saw my brother's review) and even his biography, Haruki Murakami and the Music of Words (3 stars). A couple of month ...more
TS Chan
Most runners run not because they want to live longer, but because they want to live life to the fullest. If you’re going to while away the years, it’s far better to live them with clear goals and fully alive than in a fog, and I believe running helps you do that. Exerting yourself to the fullest within your individual limits; that’s the essence of running, and a metaphor for life - and for me, for writing as well. I believe many runners would agree.

And wholeheartedly so!

While quite a few famil
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Anh
Jul 12, 2011 Anh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Đây không phải là một bài review, chỉ là mình viết lảm nhảm về những suy nghĩ của mình sau khi đọc hơn một nửa cuốn sách này. Mình thấy thật là hay vì mình đọc cuốn này ngay sau khi đọc lại lần thứ 2 cuốn" Tuổi trẻ, Tình yêu, Lý tưởng" của Thích Nhất Hạnh. Đọc 2,3 cuốn sách của Thích Nhất Hạnh có thể thấy ông là một người cổ súy cho lối sống chậm rãi, ung dung, nhàn nhã : "Giấc mơ Việt Nam là dân tộc Việt Nam biết để thì giờ ra để đi chơi, ngồi chơi, leo núi, đi biển, sống với cảnh đẹp thiên nhi ...more
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Murakami Haruki (Japanese: 村上 春樹) is a popular contemporary Japanese writer and translator. His work has been described as 'easily accessible, yet profoundly complex'. He can be located on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/harukimuraka...

Since childhood, Murakami has been heavily influenced by Western culture, particularly Western music and literature. He grew up reading a range of works by Am
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