Some books are literary masterpieces, with cleverly crafted plot structures, thought / idea flows, and some others are full of words that you feel like have flown straight from the author’s heart to paper. And this book by Murakami definitely belongs to the latter camp.
In this book he shares his story, in a way that makes sense for him. Which is why this memoir is structured a little differently from most other memoirs.
You still get to know the person – Murakami (which is what you expect from any good memoir) but through his passion for running. It’s the lens of his choice through which he shows you his life. And of-course writing and his books are a big part of his life, so they feature here too, but they aren’t a big part of the book.
Which personally was fine with me, because the only reason I picked up the book was to read a ‘running’ memoir. And this was exactly that.
It really inspired me push past the obstacles and take the next step from brisk walking to regular running, which is kind of what I had hoped it would do.
Which is Why –
I recommend this book to authors, who might draw inspiration from his writing journey. But especially to folks who are considering taking up serious running. This book might just be the dose of inspiration they need to get started.
Oh and as it happens, this is the first book I have read by the author, which is kind of strange, because his fiction books have been on my TBR wishlist for years! But I guess it’s a good thing too. Because after having read this one, I now want to read ALL HIS BOOKS!
2 Other Memoirs I Recommend:
1. Bossypants by Tina Fey
2. Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
Haruki Murakami Book on Audible
I listened to this book on audio. It’s 4+ hours long, and I heard it at 1.5x speed, which meant I got through it in a single day between my workout, chores & errands.
And I personally really enjoyed this on audio. So I definitely recommend the format for this book.
If you sign up for Audible, then you can listen to this book for FREE during their FREE TRIAL, which might also include other perks (depending upon their current offers & your location).
That’s all from my end. I’d love to hear from you. Have you read this book? Did it inspire you to start walking / running?
Have you read other Haruki Murakami books? Which one do you recommend I start with?
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