A BOOK MARRIAGE
Books have language. But those who consider reading to be life have solved the magical language of books. The casual reader is often attracted to events. The real reader, on the other hand, approaches the book with a perception that develops the ability to sense-thinking, makes its power productive, and identifies reality with fiction, as well as understanding the plot.
I am not going to be obsessed with turning around and saying, “Here I am such a reader.” But if I need to give an example of my views, “Even if the books you have read are few in number, read it over and over again, as if putting the whole of the past in your memory! / Some can boast of what they wrote, and I’m proud of what I read. ” I highlight the name of Jorge Luis Borges, who lacks the sense of sight but is considered almost a book saint of our age …
In this context, book enthusiasts who have the feeling that they are only a tiny planet in the reading universe may consider themselves to be happy.
During my forty-three years of teaching, I would place them among the greatest novels of world literature, while recommending John Steinback’s, Mice and Men, Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea, and Albert Camus’s The Stranger.
Thinking about the investigative orientations of the creative worlds of young girls who have just opened their eyes to the world of reading, I add Osamu Dazai’s 54-page novel called Student Girl, which I recently read, to those three novels when I was “beautiful”, in Shakespeare’s words.
Born in 1909, Osamu Dazai, who died in 1949, following Japanese traditions, and at the height of his productivity, wrote this novel inspired by the diaries sent to him by a reader. In Student Girl, read in one breath, she tells about what an unnamed young girl living in a suburb of Tokyo was thinking, feeling and what changes she was going through in one day.
Dazai, who always looks at life with honesty, brings one of his modern works to contemporary world literature by conveying the voices of young people without hesitation in this realistic novel with emotional content.
Every novel that makes an impact on the reader opens the door to his own world of emotion. The student girl in her early teens finds herself in the complex mazes of her emotions at the beginning of the novel:
“The thing they say to open their eyes and shut up is a lie. Like the starch in turbid water gradually subsides and the surface crystallizes, you end up tired and open your eyes. There is no shame in the mornings. The sadness that filled him is unbearable. I hate it. I am the ugliest in the morning. My legs are exhausted, I don’t want to do anything now. Is it because I can’t sleep properly? It is a lie that people’s mornings are at their peak. The mornings are gray. Always same. Bare. I always get pessimistic in bed in the mornings. How disgusting feelings of regret suddenly fill me up. Torture in the mornings. ”^
As you read these lines, “Blind fortune, am I created to change the world!” I see the young Hamlet, Shakespeare’s emphasis on destiny, who rebelled. Immediately after, I think of young people who died while struggling to lay the foundations of a world of their own.
Throughout the novel, the uneasiness of the student girl continues. When he saw his lame dog, whom he named the strange, in his tearful state, he said, “I hate this pathetic state of Garip. He’s so pathetic that I can’t even stand it and treat him badly. It can be caught and killed at any time because it looks like strange, stray dogs. His feet are obvious, even if he tries to escape, he cannot succeed. Come on, Strange! Run to the mountains, somewhere. Anyhow, nobody will love you. Let him die as soon as possible. ” can say.
Every day, in a brutal environment where dogs die under cars, her vocal cords are cut so as not to hear their barking, her feet are cut off, she is taken to deserted places and left her, “Die!” It should not be odd to say.
Still, under any circumstances, the life of despair is not long in youth. It is that student girl who sings joy songs in her inner world and who undergoes frequent psychological changes:
“Nature at its best. I love myself walking on the ground. Obviously, my mind is a little bit high I am like a free bird. “Let’s go back, look at what? / Let’s look at the onions in the field, / Let’s go home before the frogs croak.” I started to hate myself by saying that I am a lighthearted girl while muttering the song. I thought I must be a good girl. “
Most of the poetry, narrative, and thought writings did not get stuck in the time they were produced, and have preserved their value throughout the ages. Creating a work of that nature depends on reading good books. The first thing that comes to mind when talking about “good book” is the classics, each of which mirrors the time it was created. Borges said, “I always dreamed that Heaven was like a library.” he says.
¹ Osamu Dazai / Student Girl / Translated by: Barış Bayıksel / Can Publishing Modern Series / 54 p. / 2020.
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