I found this book very inspiring and charming. When I started reading it, I found it hard to stop and read it from cover to cover in a single day.It is very thought provoking, it makes you think about yourself and your goals.It’s about achievement as well as doing something to live life to the fullest.Having just trained for a reasonably long run for 4 months, and run “only” 3 to 4 times a week, I enjoyed finding that Murakami describes so well the thoughts of a runner – he sums up brilliantly how you overcome the fatigue and pain when running by stating: “pain is inevitable, suffering is not”. Once you realise that, he explains it is a matter of how you manage your expectations when focussing on any task that requires stamina, dedication and a bit of pain, be it running, writing or anything else in life.Although he admits to something of a prickly nature, Murakami’s tone throughout is self-effacing, even self-critical at times. He’s a realist about the ravages of age: “Even when I grow old and feeble, when people warn me it’s about time to throw in the towel, I won’t care. As long as my body allows, I’ll keep on running.” And while he hopes to pursue his passions for many years, he has already decided he wants to be buried under a tombstone that reads, in part, “At Least He Never Walked.” I hope I can say that when I hang up my running shoes.
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