What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

188 pages

English language

Published Dec. 17, 2008

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What I Talk About When I Talk About Running (走ることについて語るときに僕の語ること, Hashiru Koto ni Tsuite Kataru Toki ni Boku no Kataru Koto) is a memoir by Haruki Murakami in which he writes about his interest and participation in long-distance running. The book is translated by Philip Gabriel. Murakami started running in the early 1980s and since then has competed in over twenty marathons and an ultramarathon. The book's title was inspired by Raymond Carver's collection of short stories entitled What We Talk About When We Talk About Love.

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This is not your typical book about running. The author is a well known writer who happens to run, not the other way around. It was a pleasant read and my first by Murakami. It is hard to tell how much of the style was delivered through the translation, but my interest peaked enough to now want to try out one of his novels. Another thing I liked about this book was how familiar the settings were. The settings were mostly Japan, Boston, and New York; all placed I've lived. Anyway, if you are into running or just want to know more about the life of Haruki Murakami, I think this light, short book would be of interest.

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