Title: What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
Author: Haruki Murakami
Genre: Non Fiction, Memoir
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
This book was recommended to me by a customer at the bookshop where I work. As soon as she told me what it was about, I knew that I had to read this book, and I decided to give Murakami a second chance after my rather underwhelming experience with Norwegian Wood last summer (see my review). And she was right. I had the BEST time reading What I Talk About When I Talk About Running even though I am not a runner myself. It actually made me want to give it a try once again. I also want to check out more of Murakami’s work now, probably Kafka on the Shore since I heard many great things about it
(and also, I’ve already acquired it on my kindle because I felt like I was on a roll).
Basically, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running is a book about the author’s love for running. In several essay-like chapters, he talks about how he practices in order to run marathons and participate in triathlons. He also compares running and writing, his two passions, in terms of how both are a long term practice. And this really spoke to me on so many levels for some reason. Reading this book was a truly inspiring experience.
IT ALSO MADE ME FEEL SO MANY THINGS! Reading Murakami’s book What I Talk About When I Talk About Running made me want to reread some classics such as The Great Gatsby or Great Expectations, or even Tess of the d’Ubervilles, and fully appreciate them because they are very clever observations of our society. I fell now that I wasn’t ready to really enjoy them when I first read them. And even though I probably won’t ever get the chance to reread them (at least not any time soon, as I mostly try to read new releases for work), it feels like a few words from Murakami about The Great Gatsby gave me a better understanding of classics in general.
So yes, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running is a really good book, and I devoured it. I have also now decided that I too, should dedicate my life to running and writing. And to overall becoming a better person. Of course it happens every so often that books make me want to do things with my life like trying out archery or some other random thing. Mostly, it’s also traveling, which I love doing. Sometimes, it’s something that has nothing to do with anything I have ever done or aspired to be. But this time, it’s something that is truly, absolutely in phase with who I am. It speaks to me. I do love writing, and have loved it since I learnt how to read. And I do want to leave a healthy life. So it just makes sense. And this is probably why this book left such a deep impact on me.
But that’s not all. Murakami’s style is excellent, and he is also a very humble narrator, which made for an even better reading experience. So yes, you should read this book. Read it right now, it might change your life.