The first, fascinating insight into the life of this internationally bestselling writer
In 1982, having sold his jazz bar to devote himself to writing, Murakami began running to keep fit. A year later, he'd completed a solo course from Athens to Marathon, and now, after dozens of such races, he reflects upon the influence the sport has had on his life and on his writing.
Equal parts travelogue, training log, and reminiscence, this revealing memoir covers his four-month preparation for the 2005 New York City Marathon and settings ranging from Tokyo's Jingu Gaien gardens, where he once shared the course with an Olympian, to the Charles River in Boston.
By turns funny and sobering, playful and philosophical, this is a must-read for fans of this masterful yet private writer as well as for the exploding population of athletes who find similar satisfaction in distance running.
“Comical, charming and philosophical...an excellent memoir”
“Murakami manages to set a course that takes in views of all literature, sport and the uphill journey of ageing, all with a modest fluency that covers the ground without raising a sweat”
“There can never have been a book quite like this memoir of running and writing, taken together, before. In its self-contained way, it's nothing less than an inspiration”
“Thre's a wandering, digressive, free-form quality to the writing - like improvised jazz - familiar to anyone who has read the novels, with their labyrinth plots, perplexed, solitary male protagonists, meaningful coincidences and dream-like sequences. The narrative voice here is as persuasive as in any of the novels, candid and jaunty, and you finish the book charmed by the simple, unaffected grace of Murakami”
“Builds up a steady pace and creates a hypnotic rhythm...Even those who can't be bothered to run for the bus will be moved by the way he describes running as providing a precious time free of quotidian worries”
“An inspiration...Murakami describes the feeling of pushing one's body to the limit better than anyone”
“The biggest hitter of the year”
Observer Sport Monthly
“A short, thoughtful book worth several shelves of self-help titles”
Scotland on Sunday
“The closest thing to a memoir that Haruki Murakami will ever write”
“A gentle, meditative memoir”
“This is my most recent inspirational find...Murakami makes me want to write hard and run far and fast”