In 1982, having sold his jazz bar to devote himself to writing, Murakami began running to keep fit. A year later, he’d completed a solo course from Athens to Marathon, and now, after dozens of such races, he reflects upon the influence the sport has had on his life and on his writing.
Equal parts travelogue, training log, and reminiscence, this revealing memoir covers his four-month preparation for the 2005 New York City Marathon and settings ranging from Tokyo’s Jingu Gaien gardens, where he once shared the course with an Olympian, to the Charles River in Boston.
By turns funny and sobering, playful and philosophical, this is a must-read for fans of this masterful yet private writer as well as for the exploding population of athletes who find similar satisfaction in distance running.
This book is filled with powerful short essays about Chinese culture, written for Chinese people and previously published in Chinese newspaper. The author does not pretend to be an expert, but discovers, as the reader does, what it means to be Chinese in a changing world. Also it explains some of the roots of the Chinese beliefs and upbringings. An interesting book for anyone who is curious about the Chinese.