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What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
 
 

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running [Kindle Edition]

Haruki Murakami , Philip Gabriel
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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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Pressestimmen

"Beautifully written and full of great running aphorisms...Anyone who knows perseverance can appreciate this work." –Helen Montoya, San Antonio Express-News

"Engaging, insightful...What I Talk About When I Talk About Running extends [Murakami's] winning streak." –Jenny Shank, Sunday Camera

"[What I Talk About When I Talk About Running is] a graceful explanation of Mr. Murakami's intertwining obsessions, conveyed with his characteristic ability to draw unexpected connections. Running may be a matter of placing one foot in front of the other on the ground, but, as is so often the case with Mr. Murakami, terrestrial objects have a tendency to take flight." –Chloë Schama, New York Sun

"Murakami constructs this piecemeal narrative with the same masterful, accessible prose marked by humor and streaks of magic which has made him a household name, the same staggering insights, the same fascinating connections...this is exactly what makes Murakami so special: his ability to render everything a part of everything else, and to end with monumental poignancy...In an extremely personal, candid and moving way, the book makes one want to read and run at the same time." –Reynard Seifert, Austin Fit Magazine

"[Murakami's] descriptive eye is as acute as ever...Fascinating...A glimpse into the creative process of one of the world's great writers." –Dan Pope, The Hartford Courant

"Enthralling...Throughout this quirky, brilliant gem, Murakami's life lessons unfold with plainspoken power that should prove valuable to a broad readership–even those who have no ambitions to write elaborate novels or run grueling races." –Hank Shteamer, Time Out New York

"A felicitous, casual series of reflections and anecdotes...[Murakami] has a Warholian way of tinting the mundane with mystery and restrained humor...Do still waters run deep? This paean to a runner's life keeps us, pleasurably, wondering." –Joel Rice, The Tennessean

"In What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, [Murakami] has turned something seemingly mundane–his running journals–into a brilliant meditation on how his running and writing nurture and sustain each other...With spare, engaging prose...Murakami shares his runner's high." –Farrell Evans, Sports Illustrated

"[What I Talk About When I Talk About Running] provides a fascinating portrait of Murakami's working mind and how he works his magic on the page...[a] charming, sober little book." –John Freeman, Newark Star-Ledger

"A genuine memoir, filled with gentle minutiae that truly communicates the rhythm of Murakami's daily life and work...Murakami actually offers himself whole." –Jesse Jarnow, Paste Magazine

"Highly recommended...Practical philosophy from a man whose insight into his own character, and how running both suits and shapes that character, is revelatory and can provide tools for readers to examine and improve their own lives." –Library Journal

“If we all ran like brilliant Japanese novelist Murakami, would we write as well as he does?” —Library Journal

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Mehr über den Autor

Haruki Murakamis Karriere begann 1974 an einem warmen Frühlingstag: Während eines Baseballspiels kam ihm die Inspiration zu seinem ersten Roman. Es war der Start einer beeindruckenden literarischen Laufbahn des 1949 in Kyoto geborenen Autors. Nach seinem Abschluss an der Waseda-Universität in Tokio betrieb er zunächst eine kleine Jazzbar. Später verbrachte er mehrere Jahre als freier Schriftsteller und Dozent in Princeton, USA. Murakamis Leidenschaft für die Literatur kennt, im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes, keine Grenzen - übersetzt er doch auch berühmte Kollegen wie John Irving ins Japanische.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Murakami in his own words 5. September 2011
Format:Taschenbuch
For almost three decades Haruki Murakami has been providing his fans with a steady diet of quirky, imaginative and poignantly intimate novels and short stories. And yet, Murakami himself has written very little about himself, and has tried to keep his own life extremely private. So it is very enjoyable to finally get a glimpse of this author in his own words. Granted, over the years he had woven many elements from his own life into his stories, but it was never too easy to separate facts from fiction. In this book he has finally decided to talk clearly and forthrightly about some aspects of his writing career, but particularly about his passion for running. It turns out that he had picked up running at about the same time when he decided to become a novelist. He needed a physical activity that would compensate for his sudden switch to a more sedentary profession. Over the years, however, running had become a passion in its own right, but not quite an obsession. All the aspiring writers will find his analogies between long-distance running and writing, and novel writing in particular, very revealing and informative. According to Murakami, three indispensible things that any writer needs (in this order) are: talent, focus and endurance. Unsurprisingly talent is the most important of the three, but other two are required as well if one wants to become successful at writing. It is probably no coincidence that these three personal qualities are crucially important for long-distance running. The impression one gets from reading this book is that for Murakami running and writing reinforce each other.

Even if you don't care about either writing or running in its own right, this book offers many interesting stories and reflection.
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Von benjamir
Format:Taschenbuch|Verifizierter Kauf
Von den übertriebenen Anfängen bis zum Marathon-Blues der zum Triathlon führt eine kurzweilige Auseinandersetzung mit einem spannenden Autor der Neuzeit.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Biographie im Plauderton 4. März 2014
Von SoDama
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
Murakami schreibt darüber, wie er zum Laufen gekommen ist und wie sich sein Tagesablauf und sein Körper dadurch verändert haben. In der für ihn typischen Art - philosophisch und dabei unaufdringlich - lässt er einfließen, was ihn bewegt und auf welche Art er sein Leben meistert.
Ein Muss für Murakami-Fans, für alle anderen vielleicht etwas langatmig.
Als Murakami-Einstieg würde ich andere Bücher empfehlen, zum Beispiel "Kafka On The Shore" oder "A wild Sheep Chase".
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Really nice book!! 11. September 2013
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The book is very entertaining and easy to read! It gave me some inspiration to start running and quit smoking!!
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