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What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami
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Dec 30, 2008

really liked it
Read in September, 2008

My first Murakami read, and I must say, I was very favorably impressed by it.

This memoir is an interesting introduction to Murakami's style. After finishing it I went on to try (and enjoy) Kafka on the Shore, and I really felt like that experience was enhanced by the knowledge of Murakami that I gained from reading Running.

Running is pleasantly engaging without being glamorous or thrilling. Reading it is rather like listening to a reserved but intelligent person talk about himself and his lifestyle over a cup of coffee. You get a feel for what Murakami wants out of himself, out of others, and out of life in general. I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys long distance running and to those that have read and enjoyed Murakami's other works.
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