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188 pages, Hardcover
First published October 15, 2007
“The most important thing we learn at school is the fact that the most important things can’t be learned at school.”He further says that the most important traits of an author are talent, focus and endurance, in that order. He should know. With a writing career spanning half a century, the margin of error can well be dispatched to near naught. I shall be biased and wear it on my sleeve, for what can you possibly not love in an intent that sounds like this:
“It was a major directional change – from the kind of open life we’d led for seven years, to a more closed life. I learnt a lot of important lessons during that time. It was real schooling. But you can’t keep up that kind of life forever. Just as with school, you enter it, learn something, and then it’s time to leave.”
“Emotional hurt is the price a person has to pay in order to be independent.”
“I stop everyday right at the point where I feel I can write more. Do that, and the next day’s work goes surprisingly smoothly."
“I felt that the indispensible relationship I should build in my life was not with a specific person, but with an unspecified number of readers.”The man loves running, another name for embracing life. He began running when he was thirty-three, and he hasn’t stopped since. More vitality, jazz, cats and happiness (and a Nobel) to you, Murakami san. Happy 69th Birthday.