About what do I speak when I speak of running, about Murakami
About what do I speak when I speak of running
Author: Haruki Murakami
Publishing house: Tusquets
I boast: 17€
Synopsis (of the back cover)
In 1982, after leaving the place of jazz that it was managing and deciding that, from now on, he would devote himself to write exclusively, Haruki Murakami began to run also. On the following year it would cover alone the trajectory that separates Athens of Marathon, its baptism in this classic career. Now, already with numerous books published with big success in the whole world, and after taking part in many careers of long distance in different cities and places, Murakami reflects on the influence that this sport has exercised in its life and in its work. While he speaks about its hard daily trainings and its emulation of overcoming, of its passion for the music and about the places to which he travels, there goes showing the idea of that, for Murakami, to write and to run have turned into a vital attitude. Reflective and entertaining, philosophical and full of anecdotes, this volume us penetrates entirely in the universe of an author that it has dazzled to the criticism most demanding and bewitched to thousands of readership.
For the title of this book, Haruki Murakami was inspired by the volume of short histories of its venerated writer Raymond Carver, About what we speak when we speak about love.
I imagine that this inspiration would come to him in a moment of suffering while he was going in for its habitual sport in the last thirty years: to run. The same time is the one that goes writing. During this time it has covered marathons (almost one per year), an ultra marathon (100 kilometers) and it has taken part in several careers of triatlón (in the Olympic version not 1500 at all meters, they cover in bicycle 40 km and cover 10 km). And he is thinking of covering a triatlón of so called Ironman (3,8 km swimming, 180 km cycling and 42 km career). And above, or in spite of that, he is a writer of recognized prestige. He is the big Japanese writer of beginning of century.
On its first pages Murakami it tells us that the pain is inevitable but the suffering is optional, depends on one. This is present in its two passions: the writing and the career. The long-distance racing places many trust in you, and confidence in you yourself is what you need when you write This small work it is a set of sincere, open reflections, of a man who is defined if the same as of individualistic, stubborn nature, lacking in companionship, often egoistic and, nevertheless, slightly sure of if the same … (page 196).
In About what do I speak … we are not going to find a manual to the use of how covering my first kilometers not of how writing my first novel. Nothing of that. We will think how there feels a person who writes and who dedicates a time to be covered. We will think which there are the sneakers that it uses to run or with what song he likes running. For those who are not going to read to Murakami and they the music pleases I will reveal to them that two of its favorite songs for this business are Beggars Banquet of Rolling Stones and Reptile of Eric Clapton (this album is ideal to listen to it while one covers gently in the morning – page 133).
Along the book we find a series of anecdotes. I am not a marathon broker but I like running without doing of it an obligation. He did not know that in certain marathons how, for example, that of New York it exists what is named hares. Yes that knew this concept for the Olympic careers of half a fund where they are appealed to achieve a target. But here in the city of the Big Apple a few hares exist with the sign, for example, of 3 hours and a half. Zas! you, if you can, place yourself and continue its step. It is like guaranteeing you that it takes you to the goal in this time. And other one of the anecdotes (this one if that knew it to me) is a sign that Murakami reads when it goes to the gymnasium that it frequents that he says: The muscle is acquired by difficulty and gets lost with facility. The fat is acquired by facility and gets lost with difficulty. A big unpleasant truth, but it is true. (page 71).
Finally About what do I speak when I speak of running it is an advisable book for those that run, for those who write or for those who are lucky to be able to enjoy the career and the writing. It is a book that I have surprised for its closeness and for the humility of the writer on having confessed certain weaknesses. Perhaps those who want to write a novel or finish a marathon (or to reach any goal) find here its inspiration motive.
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