Murakami magic

Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami

Today I finished Haruki Murakami’s What I Talk About When I talk About Running. For those, like me, who adore his writing, it doesn’t disappoint (and Philip Gabriel’s translation is generally good). Indeed, it is as much about his writing as it is about his running for, as he eloquently describes, in his case the two go together; indeed his running, he argues, is a metaphor for his writing. It is full of bons mots and aphorisms. Here’s one that struck a particularly loud chord with me: ‘The older you get, the busier you become.’ Read it – especially if you are a runner.


  1. colum

    hi martin
    happy to know another murakami fan! i was in japan for two weeks at the end of october, and some of my best moments were reading various murakami books in the beautiful temples, in the parks in tokyo, or on the trains. i think my favourites so far are a wild sheep chase, and the wind-up bird chronicle.
    i am appearing in a show next week – a christmas carol – in a part made famous by donald duck – fred, scrooges nephew. rehearsals are fun, hopefully the show will be too!

  2. Maryse

    Having noticed the link to ”” I thought to send you a link to the “BATS” website (since I am a member of BATS :-). They are located in Antwerp and provide quality English theatre during the year and a pantomime every January.

  3. Maryse

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

© 2024 Martin Westlake

Theme by Anders NorénUp ↑