What I Talk about When I Talk about Running: A Memoir (Haruki Murakami book)

Published 2021-10-27.

My second Murakami book, after Sputnik Sweetheart, which I didn’t particularly enjoy. I enjoyed this one substantially more! It’s a memoir, and Murakami strikes me as very likeable. It’s amazing that one day in his 20s he just decided he wanted to write a novel and run a marathon, having never done either before. Now (or, in 2006, when this book was written) it seems that writing novels and running marathons are just about the only things he does.

One interesting point he made was that he never set out to become a novelist. He just wanted to write a novel. In fact, he wrote his first novel by hand and submitted his only copy to a contest. Months later, after forgetting about the whole thing, he got a call informing him that he’d won.

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