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.
Each of the book's elements are skillfully woven together to reveal fragments of thoughts and feelings that seem almost to belong to the listener as years of painful longing are condensed into the context of a single night.
The journal begins with "Sunset", in which poems convey the initial feelings of shock and loss first felt when a relationship with a loved one ends. As the poetry descends into an emotional downward spiral, the book progresses into its next chapter, "Darkness", in which emptiness, jealousy, sorrow, and despair are passionately portrayed.
The concluding chapter, "First Light", sees the gradual dawning of a new outlook. The final poems express a gratitude for what once was, an acceptance of what now is, and come to the uplifting conclusion that even though a relationship can be fated to end tragically, the memories gained and lessons learned from it are, in their own way, treasured gifts that will last a lifetime.
A book for anyone who has found themselves separated from someone they love no matter the circumstance, The Longest Night is a companion for the broken heart on the painful emotional journey that is losing someone you love from your life. Its words serve as a comforting reminder, whether you are travelling this road or have recently completed this journey yourself, that, despite the loneliness you may sometimes feel along the way, none of us walks this path alone.
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Touched my soul!
I have lost a very very dear person very close to my heart almost a year ago. Feelings were all locked inside my chest and I could never find a word to describe it. I felt like my words wouldn’t do justice for all the deep feelings I’ve felt. Having listened to this audiobook and it wowed me. I could never form such beautiful phrases to describe the pain I felt, but with this one, each sentence is my pain and my relief. Some sentences I had to go over 3 to 4 times just to let it brush me over and over again, it’s unbelievable how deep words can touch you. Ratana has done a very very good job and of course, Mhairi as well. Such soft voice, slow, and a very clear pronunciation. Thank you