Title: The Longest Night
Author: Ranata Suzuki
I rarely talk about the cover of the books, but this one piqued my interest. It’s too artistic and the details are spot on I can’t just not mention it.
The moon and the stars as pupil and iris? Genius. It resonates with the title of the book. Tree branches and leaves to illustrate the shape of the eye? Remarkable. Ranata prepares us for the deepest root of emotions – the pain branches out for the world to see. Perhaps, the eye is really the window to one’s soul.
“Heartbreak and grief touch every soul at least once in a lifetime and Ranata Suzuki translates those raw emotions into words. The Longest Night combines strikingly poignant quotations, powerfully emotive poetry and captivating silhouette imagery to form a mournful lover’s journal that explores a side of love that is deep, dark and hauntingly beautiful.”
At first, I thought I won’t connect with it. I mean, I don’t feel Lang Leav’s books as I used to before because I am not in that spectrum of ‘love stories’ that involve a ‘significant other’ anymore. I am over the heartbreak, but this book is too raw. It feels like you are reading a personal letter that is not addressed to you, but you feel like it is meant to land on your doorstep. So, you read it anyway – and man, you are now a whole different person. What a journey.
The book is divided into three chapters: Sunset, The Darkness, First Light. Ranata used the free verse style for this. It is one of those poetry books that will remind you that there is so much more beyond rhythm and cadence.
Sunset — this chapter talks about what it was like to love which feels like it happened so fast. You just blinked and it’s already gone. Say, it is the state where you are still confused if you will hold on to the feeling or completely let it go. Like the sunset, unsure if you will hold on to the light of the day or embrace the darkness of the night.
Every quote, every book, every film seemed to suggest that ‘one day’ someone would come into my life and love me with an intensity and a passion I had never experienced before. and to their credit they were right; it all came and went so fast, it really did feel as if it were just one day.
— A Fairytale
Darkness — it is the longest chapter and it shows you how it feels like to stay in the tunnel for so long! It is my favorite chapter because it is a roller coaster of emotion. The pain of what ifs and recalling old memories. Being blissfully unaware ( I love the word choice here so much) of the other party’s life. You keep wondering and wandering. It is indeed the longest night.
You can’t always be somebody’s ‘forever’.
Sometimes you’re just their ‘summer’ or their ‘little while’
Sometimes not even that.
Sometimes the closest you’ll get is their ‘almost’ or their ‘maybe’.
And when they leave, the best you can hope for is to be their ‘what if’ or ‘remember when’
Because you can’t always be somebody’s ‘forever’
even if they were yours.
—The Saddest Truth of All
First Light — Of course, if there is darkness, there is light. It is being grateful of the love even it hurt at the end because it was an experience all the same.
.. know that you are someone special who changed the course of a life with both your presence and absence ..
I just sighed and stared at nothingness after reading. It was intense. I recommend this!!
I was lucky to receive an offer to have an advance copy of this book without commitment to make a review, but I thought I'd make one because I love poetry so much (if you haven't noticed that yet)
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