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It’s interesting to know the real-life side of someone you admire as a professional/artist. This one is written by Haruki Murakami and gives you an insight of how he emerged as a writer, like most all know him as and also as a runner.

I am not interested in running or reading about it. So, the only reason I picked this one was to know a bit more about my favourite author Murakami through his own words. Murakami’s journey from owning a Jazz bar, selling it, then trying to write his first novel while starting his running trysts is written very humbly.

I was surprised to know he has run so many marathons and triathlons as I never possibly imagined him as a runner! Murakami proves that if you really want to do something, whether running or writing a book, you can start at any age. All you need is determination and a will to work!

It’s a simple book, written very honestly. I liked reading it because of it’s author but most probably it is a book everyone can read, for it can be a self-help book upto some extent! Some of the things that Murakami talks about learning a skill can be actually applied to anything. Lot of simple candid statements which will make you think 🙂

Some quotes

“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”

“The most important thing we learn at school is the fact that the most important things can’t be learned at school.”

“So the fact that I’m me and no one else is one of my greatest assets. Emotional hurt is the price a person has to pay in order to be independent.”

“Sometimes taking time is actually a shortcut.”

“Being active every day makes it easier to hear that inner voice.”

“You have to wait until tomorrow to find out what tomorrow will bring.”

“Nobody’s going to win all the time. On the highway of life you can’t always be in the fast lane.”

“In most cases learning something essential in life requires physical pain.”

“Life is basically unfair. But even in a situation that’s unfair, I think it’s possible to seek a kind of fairness.”