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What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami
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Mar 10, 11

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i read this as a precursor to Murakami's novels. As someone familiar with running, I found it particularly interesting that I was most interested in the parts of the story when he talks about writing, or goes on some other 'tangent'. Some of his thought processes are intriguing, but when he starts to talk about slowing down, or drinking water, etc., the story gets a little droll, plus there isn't really much of a story to begin with. Despite that, Murakami is a great author and this book is actually not a bad read. If nothing else, it's a beautiful testament to over 20 years of hard work and dedication to something he loves. It DID warm me up to his writing and I think I enjoyed Kafka on the Shore more because of it, even though they're basically completely different books in just about every way.
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