Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional

Murakami's latest book

The thoughts that occur to me while I’m running are like clouds in the sky. Clouds of all different sizes. They come and they go, while the sky remains the same sky as always. The clouds are mere guests in the sky that pass away and vanish, leaving behind the sky. The sky both exists and doesn’t exist. It has substance and at the same time doesn’t. bAnd we merely accept that vast expanse and drink in it.

~ What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, page 17~

I passed by FullyBooked last night and got a copy of What I Talk About When I Talk About Running. I’ve been aching for a new Haruki Murakami book since I heard of the release of his latest published work. I've never been this excited. Not only because it's Murakami but more so because he'll talk about his other passion aside from writing--long distance running.

I called the bookstore last week if they already have it in their shelves and the lady who received my call informed me that they only have two copies left. I got distressed. I should have whizzed my way to the bookstore and get one of that last two copies but I couldn’t. My workload is killing me.

I miss my early days when I would wind away my time at the mall visiting every bookstore I could find or sitting at one particular shop, on that one particualr spot and read there for hours. I miss movie hopping, trying the most outlandish and never-heard films I could watch. Most of all, I miss my “not-so-busy-days” where I would just walk languidly in the middle of a busy and crowded place without looking at the clock.

Strangely, I miss my old self.


Sidney said...

Sure sign that you need some running... away from work...

They have still a lot of copies of the latest Haruki Murakami in PowerBooks. :-) So I am sure you will find a copy.

pieterbie said...

It seems like you and I are more or less in the same position. I'm faced with too much work and too little time for other stuff as well.
I think every day: things will get better.
Not while I'm running, I don't have time for that :-)
I seem to be running all the time at work, however.

my gulch said...

hi Sidney,
if only i could just run away. actually i could. but there are choices to made. i've been running away for too long. i wanna keep this one. i got my copy already. i bought the last piece last night. for a few minutes there, i felt lucky to own the last piece. (I will ignore the fact that there are a lot of copies in Powerbooks, hehe!)

but you are the boss! and you have people to boss around. but then again i get the point. In page 7 of Murakami's book, there's this quote that says: "I don't know why, but the older you get, the busier you become." It suits us Peter. That means we are getting old.

Photo Cache said...

wow that's a fabulous excerpt from the book. i think i'll keep this book in mind next time i go to barnes and noble. thanks.

kyels said...

You need to relax from work once in a while too. Well, I've been busy these days too - job hunting and all. Sometimes I feel like running away too or sit by the corner in a bookshop and read my day away.

my gulch said...

photo cache: Murakami is an amazing writer. and the excerpt doesn't say that much yet. i hope you could get a copy of this book or any of his published works. his into running and traveling and writing so taht the relevance goes beyond the obvious.

hi kyels! we should run away together. run from all these hullabaloos but then again, we have to go back from where we left off the next day. hey goodluck with your job haunting. with a mind like yours i am sure you'll get the job of your dreams soon. if not, well you'll get there!

p.s. they've released the vcd of Batanes. i am waiting for the dvd copy so please bear with me a little okay? i will send you the copy as soon as i get one. a promise is a promise. consider it my long and overdue grad gift.

Rey said...

responsibility to yourself and to work often takes out most of the time we used to enjoy just for ourselves. I too felt that once in a while. Wait until you got a family of your own.

the donG said...

dami nga talagang gusto sa mga gawa ni Haruki Murakami. hindi ko pa nasubukang magbasa.

my gulch said...

hi rey,
i guess we all come to that point. i hate the burnout. by the time i have a family of my own, i guess everything has to be put aside for awhile or at least i would have to mellow in my work. does that sound (too) ideal?

try mo basahin if you have the time. Murakami is more of a fiction writer so if you dig this genre better start with the Norwegian Woords or Sputnik Sweetheart. His latest, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, is a memoir. Ferdz also reads Murakami, i believe.

Ferdz said...

A new Murakami! nice. Actually you asked me before on my opinion on "The Wind up bird" somehow I didn't like it as much as his other books, maybe because I can't connect with the main character somehow. His way of writing is still superb but it just didn't grab me as before. Maybe I'll take my time before reading another murakami again.

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