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Haruki Murakami is a most frequent name on my book-list. Typically representative of Japanese modern literature, he terrifically depicts isolation, maturity, death and deep humanities in his novels such as Norwegian Wood, All God's Children Can Dance, and Hear The Wind Sing. The subtle sentiments gently echo in my heart, yet leave more unsaid to let me taste and penetrate. My sympathy with the characters, common or absurd, often reveals unperceived nature or change of mine.
Solitude has been a complex companion that occupies most of my time. I have struggled bitterly against it at sleepless nights, covered by darkness and overwhelmed by thoughts. I can't stand it when my friends walked away from me and when my passionate invitations only received cold rejections. It's not the trifles that scared me, but the threatening idea, "now I am alone". I tried to share such annoying feelings with friends as to look for comfort, but I wasn't understood until I talked to Haruki Murakami, by reading through his words.
In his Norwegian Wood, the young man, lost inside, looks as normal as anyone else. Hanging out, having friends, studying hard, he still can't fill the emptiness in his heart. His deeper self-consciousness and realization of loneliness come gradually and silently. The way he discovers himself and questions the world definitely allows me to identify with and answer my similar puzzles. Haruki also said: " In certain areas of my life, I actively seek out solitude." I then understood that solitude is the shadow of faith, guiding and helping me to reveal something in the dark - myself. It is inevitably there, a companion I choose to embrace.