Haruki Murakami is a legend. 1Q84, Kafka on the Shore, Norwegian Wood, etc. I had no idea he was a runner. Turns out, he is. And his running and writing are intimately connected. “What I Talk About When I Talk About Running,” is a very simple book, and short, but also perhaps the most personal he’s ever written. What I found fascinating was the information about the precise moment he decided to write his first book and the first moment he began running. Also liked how he is honest about what this pursuit, running, really is, and that it’s entirely okay for you to NOT understand why he does it. Insight is an awesome thing to behold, whether you agree with the insight or not, and this book provided me with just that. Will I ever finish my book? Don’t know. Perhaps more importantly, will I ever start it? Right now I’m gonna go run.
Reading Patti Smith’s M Train brought me to know of Haruki, and I’ve had this one on my TBR list for a while. The New Yorker just had a Q&A with him earlier this month and I thought “Oh yeah, I have a couple of his books on my TBR GoodReads list.”
Guess I should read them.
I’ve enjoyed every I’ve ready from Haruki.