Haruki Murakami took me closer to the contemporary Japanese literature, by making me fall in love with his bestseller “The Norwegian Wood.”
“What I Talk About When I Talk About Running” was the second book I read from Murakami and it was such an unexpected lecture experience. The author made a self-portrait of the writer who cultivates the appetite and discipline of writing by running.
Murakami takes the physical power for writing from another physical power, running
Haruki Murakami considers him a usual writer, a more pragmatic one than the others, who needs to cultivate and take his inspiration by doing something with himself. So that’s why he considers the act of running a good way to find inspiration and gain the power for writing down.
A very modest person, despite his popularity, Murakami describes in this book, written like a journal, how he trains for competitions, how hard is sometimes to overtake the daily running routine and also the hold-ups in this sport.
A book like an intelligent conversation with Murakami
I loved the simple style of writing in this book, which I admit, I didn’t find at Murakami in “The Norwegian Wood.”
I highly recommend anyone to read it, as the book covers two important subjects: writing and running, two topics which will meet at a point.
It made me consider running as a great, great sport! When reading, I wanted so much to go running!
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