March 09, 2011

How not to review books

A few books on running that I've been gifted. Thanks, N!

-What I talk about when I talk about running by Haruki Murakami
"First Murakami I've read where nobody is obsessed about ironing or suicide"
Read this a year ago. It's very re-visitable. Murakami turns out to be just the kind focused, early-sleeping, successful runner I imagined him to be.

- Why we run- A natural history by Bernd Heinrich
"Most Misleading Book title and cover picture"
I expected a book in the manner of Dr Tatiana. Instead, I got a male German Jane Eyre becoming a runner at a Lowood-type school in New England, while discovering iridiscent beetles all over the place.

- Running and Philosophy- Michael Austin (ed)
"Why Kant I run after hitting a training Plato?"
Am running out of clever ways to characterize books. The book does what it says.


D said...
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D said...

Murakami is nice. You end up being deceived that everyone can run 6 miles a day for life just like when you read his books, you feel you can write about ordinary life too.
Herr Heinrich dwells on dung beetles among others, once too often.
But the thought of a man winning a 100K USATF race after turning 40 is endearing no? Hope for the rest of us (the ones who were superlative athletes in college)
yet to read the last one - might try it sometime. these are available in India?
See my comment is already longer than your post ;)

Orcaella brevirostris said...

D: yes, Murakami does make running triathlons, managing a jazz bar and living a healthy structured life in Hawaii sound deceptively easy. Not the writing bit though- I don't buy that.

Heinrich von beetlemania won a 100k, did he? I didn't reach there. Stopped after his dismal childhood.

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Monsieur K said...

I liked Murakami.. am currently finishing "Born to run" by Christopher McDougall - *strongly* recommend this one, since u are highly interested in running.
p.s. Got it frm Flipkart..