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What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami
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Dec 30, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: 2009, non-fiction
Recommended for: Runners, Writers and Voyeurs
Read in December, 2009

As a writer and a long distance runner, I really enjoyed Murakami's musings on his experiences as both, and how these pursuits are connected. His writing is very simple and accessible, and reading this collection of essays made me want to throw the book aside, run a marathon and then immediately write a novel. But as I am currently visiting my parents in frigid New York, I just kept reading.

Highlights of this book include: Murakami's moment when he decided to be a writer; the time he ran a 62 mile race; the descriptions of what he thinks about while running (nothing, mostly); and the way he humanizes long runs - you realize, while reading, that feeling like your body might fall apart before you get to the finish line is completely normal. For someone like me, this is good to know.

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