From the bestselling author of Kafka on the Shore comes this rich and revelatory memoir about writing and running and the integral impact both have made on his life.
Equal parts training log, travelogue, and reminiscence, this revealing memoir covers Murakami’s four-month preparation for the 2005 New York City Marathon. Settings range from Tokyo, where he once shared the course with an Olympian, to the Charles River in Boston, among young women who outpace him.
Through this marvelous lens of sport emerges a cornucopia of memories and insights: the eureka moment when he decided to become a writer, his triumphs and disappointments, his passion for vintage LPs, and the experience, after age fifty, of having seen his race times improve and then fall back.
A Blackstone Audio production.
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This is a wonderful book and a wonderful running companion. Murakami is a fluid and gracious storyteller who seamlessly intertwines stories about his personal life, his running life, and his writing career. Listen to it while you run and you'll feel like you're running with a good friend, someone who gets how running has enhanced your life.
As a bonus, the reader of this audio book sounds suspiciously like Barack Obama (if you've listened to Obama reading his two books you'll understand what I mean). It's not Obama, of course, but if you find Obama's voice soothing, as I do, you'll thoroughly enjoy both the substance of this book and the delivery.
This and "Born to Run" are the best books I've listened to about running so far. I can't imagine anyone regretting their purchase of this book.
The reader sounds nothing like Obama, but a great book nonetheless.
Outstanding book to listen to while you run. It is short but it has some funny parts. Has some good philosophy mixed in.