- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Canada; Reprint edition (Aug. 11 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307397378
- ISBN-13: 978-0307397379
- Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.4 x 20.2 cm
- Shipping Weight: 200 g
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #287,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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
About the Author
Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto in 1949 and now lives near Tokyo. His work has been translated into forty-two languages. The most recent of his many honours is the Franz Kafka Prize.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
Even if you don't care about either writing or running in its own right, this book offers many interesting stories and reflection. On a very basic level this is a book about life, and how one particular individual managed to find his place in the world. In Murakami's case, we see a kind of life that many of us would be happy to trade our own lives for: living in some of the World's most desirable places (Cambridge, New York, Hawai'i, Tokyo, Greece), doing what you really enjoy doing without any external constraints, being able to indulge in your favorite recreational activity to the fullest. The book manages to elicit a certain level of envy, although I am sure that was not what Murakami intended to convey when he decided to write it. In fact, we get a sense of a person who bears his own success and fame with a remarkable poise and even humility. Murakami may claim that he is not very good at interpersonal skills, but to me at least this book confirms that I would enjoy meeting Murakami the person as much as I enjoy reading his books. An autobiography that achieves this is definitely worth reading.
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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