What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running (English, Paperback, Murakami Haruki)

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What I Talk About When I Talk About Running  (English, Paperback, Murakami Haruki)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
    • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
    • ISBN: 9780099526155, 9780099526155
    • Pages: 192
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    What I Talk about When I Talk about Running, by Haruki Murakami, is a novel that documents the way of life of the author and its effect on his literary career.

    Summary of the Book

    What I Talk about When I Talk about Running chronicles the key events in Murakami’s running career. It is not a memoir, as it doesn’t talk about any of his personal details about Murakami, except his life as a runner. He became a full-time writer after experiencing a decent amount of success from his initial books. He also talks about the time he was the owner of a nightclub and how he eventually became a novelist. The initial part of the novel documents Murakami’s preparation for the New York Marathon in the year 2005. He says that he hasn’t been able to maintain a normal diary habitually, but has been religiously updating his runner’s journal. Murakami also recounts particular events like the 62-mile ultra-marathon in Japan, and a solo run in Greece. He also explains why he became an author and a runner, narrating the key role that both the activities play in his life. Murakami asserts that if he hadn’t turned to long-distance running before becoming an author, his books would have been completely different. He also doesn’t hesitate to talk about the physical limitations he has experienced due to aging.

    About Haruki Murakami

    Haruki Murakami is a Japanese writer whose works have been translated into several languages across the world. He has been awarded the World Fantasy Award, the Franz Kafka Prize, the Jerusalem Prize, and the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award among several others. Some of his most notable works are Norwegian Wood, Sputnik Sweetheart, Kafka on the Shore, A Wild Sheep Chase, and Hear the Wind Sing.

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    Imprint
    • Vintage
    Dimensions
    Width
    • 12 mm
    Height
    • 198 mm
    Length
    • 129 mm
    Depth
    • 0.55 inch
    Weight
    • 138 gr
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    Ratings & Reviews
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    A read for runners

    What drew me to this one was the title. Raymond Carver, a favourite American short story writer, has a collection called 'What I Talk About When I Talk About Love'. Turns out Murakami admires Carver too.

    Perhaps in keeping with Carver, this book employs spartan prose. It is nonchalantly honest, yet effortlessly proud, about remarkable feats of physical endurance. Given how many of his books tug the magical realism line, it is refreshing to see such personal candour in writing about running.
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    Ajinkya D

    Aug, 2014

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    Inspiring

    Book is very good. I am not a avid reader but I found this book very interesting and inspiring. Inspiring in the sense that author has given example how running helps him concentrate and draw comparison between running and writing
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    Saurabh Poddar

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    Jun, 2012

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    Disappointed with the edition...

    Great service by flipkart, on time delivery etc.etc.
    Couple of things I found disappointing - the reason I ordered the Rs 600 copy from Flipkart is for the Cover of the book, I wanted to gift this book to a friend and wanted her to have a better copy/cover than what is available in the market. But turns out i've got the same copy that my sister picked up from blossoms for half the price :( that hurt!

    Anyhoo, the book is a good read.
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    Ramya Ramachandran

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    May, 2013

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    A book all runners can relate to and non runners can enjoy!

    Why do you run ? This is a question all serious runners are asked. Serious running go beyond casual fitness runs. Long distance running is always lonely and invariably painful. It does teach you discipline and courage.
    Murakami has written an excellent memoir about the reasons he started to run and how it changed his life and his writing.
    All serious runners will relate to this book. Others will enjoy a very good book. Recommended.
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    Arabind Panda

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    Mar, 2013

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    Just wow!

    Delivery was safe and fast..
    Book is no doubt amazing and must read
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    Gaurav Shirwalkar

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    Mar, 2019

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    Just wow!

    One of the most inspiring books I have ever read.
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    Flipkart Customer

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    Jul, 2018

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    Does the job

    excellent journey with run and literature.
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    Ripan Halder

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    Jan, 2018

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    Very Good

    This is the book every distance runner goes through it. Great meditation
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    PARIHAL LAISRAM

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    Feb, 2017

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    Amazing read

    A must read book.
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    Ravi Joshi

    Aug, 2016

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    What I think when I talk about this book

    If you are/were a runner at some point of your life, be it short distance or long distance ( well mostly long distance runners), then you are going to totally love this book cause you can relate to him so much.
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    Sweta Bisht

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    Oct, 2011

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