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From Publishers Weekly
Murakami's latest is a nonfiction work mostly concerned with his thoughts on the long-distance running he has engaged in for much of his adult life. Through a mix of adapted diary entries, old essays, reminiscences and life advice, Murakami crafts a charming little volume notable for its good-natured and intimate tone. While the subject matter is radically different from the fabulous and surreal fiction that Murakami (The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle) most often produces, longtime readers will recognize the source of the isolated, journeying protagonists of the author's novels in the formative running experiences recounted. Murakami's insistence on focusing almost exclusively on running can grow somewhat tedious over the course of the book, but discrete, absorbing episodes, such as a will-breaking 62-mile ultramarathon and a solo re-creation of the historic first marathon in Greece serve as dynamic and well-rendered highlights. Murakami offers precious little insight into much of his life as a writer, but what he does provide should be of value to those trying to understand the author's long and fruitful career. An early section recounting Murakami's transition from nightclub owner to novelist offers a particularly vivid picture of an artist soaring into flight for the first time. (Aug.)
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“A fitting and hugely enjoyable memoir.”
— Daily Telegraph
“This charming little book is a winner from start to finish.”
— The Independent on Sunday
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Even if you don't care about either writing or running in its own right, this book offers many interesting stories and reflection.Read more ›
This same discipline extends to his writing, which he approaches with the attention of a master craftsman. Indeed, throughout the sleek volume, he draws many germane parallels between running and writing. His insights may not resonate on the level of his novels, but he certainly makes effective use of artful prose.
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'All I can see is the ground three yards ahead, nothing beyond. My whole world consistes of the ground three yards ahead. No need to think beyond that'. Read morePublished on May 16 2011 by Michael A. Robson
I've been a fan since his debut as a novelist. I picked this one up because I am a runner and I was curious how he wrote about running. Read morePublished on May 11 2011 by K. Lamb
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