A friend gave this to me for travel reading and inspiration just before I ran my last marathon. The book turned out to be an interesting read, but isn't much about running at all. There are certainly moments that are inspiring, and indeed reading the book on the plane and finishing it just before bed the night before the marathon definitely helped to put me in a positive frame of mind and get me pumped up for the race. However, despite that, the book is not truly about running, but about Murakami's … more
I hate to say it, but this is probably the worst thing I've read by Murakami. On paper--or rather, on the back of the paperback--it sounded like a sure thing; I'm a writer, and I've got a few marathons under my belt, and I was spellbound by the three other books I've read of his. So I thought I'd hit the trifecta when I pulled this off the shelf at Border's and saw that he'd written about writing and running. And by and large, I felt a rush of … more
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