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    Which book's main character finds his inner reality?

    Hi, this is my first thread here. Nice to meet all u guys!
    Please can u guys recommend some books that the main character finds his inner reality at last, like The Catcher in the Rye and Lord of the Flies.
    I want the books not to be too long to read, cause I am too lazy...
    In fact it is for my English project. We have to read at least 4 related books to write a 2500 words essay.
    So thanks for help!!

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    I think Hermann Hesse's "Siddhartha" might fit in there pretty well.

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    How about Life of Pi?? It's kind of like that! The ending kind of makes you make up your own mind!
    Books are the carriers of civillisation- Henri "Papillon" Charriere

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    Define "inner reality" if you may.

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    Demian ....H Hesse

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    Hello, conan, welcome to the forum!
    Hmm, yes, the idea of 'inner reality' seems a little vague, but I think I know what you mean. A few suggestions that come to mind:
    The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
    The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
    Women In Love by D.H. Lawrence
    Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
    Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
    Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    Silas Marner by George Eliot
    The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield

    Long, but worth the read:
    Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
    David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

    If non-fiction counts:
    Anything by Henry David Thoreau.

    Good luck!

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    Matthew in The Age of Reason by Sartre.

    He is forced to reason by things happening around him and realized that he's not simply just living, but a human being who needs/must keep making decision and choices in his entire life.

    "there are people in the world so hungry that God can not appear to them except in the form of bread"

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    Thanks for ur supports! I am very touched by u guys! The replies will help me a lot, thanks!
    I will try to find and read these books. Thanks again!

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    Steinbeck's, The Pearl

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    hmmmmmmmmmm innerreality ofound by main charcter...
    u must read my book.

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    Almost anything what would fit under "existentialism" (although the word has become so dialuted today) works in the context.

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    Most recently, I found that one of the main characters, Alyosha, in Fyodor Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov, would probably fit the category.

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    Almost anything what would fit under "existentialism" (although the word has become so dialuted today) works in the context.
    I completely agree as far as the search inner reality you need not look any further than existentialism, one of the most obvious examples of this for me would have to be Thus Spake Zarathustra - Frederich Nietzsche.

    Great example of a character truly embracing and understaning his own inner realities as well as placing those realities in the context of our world. Brilliant read.

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    For a more recent work I'd recommend Su Tong's My Life as Emperor, for a past work my a master, Mishima Yukio's Confessions of the Mask.

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    By F. Scott Fitzgerald

    This Side of Paradise. My pick. It is a little longer then some, but not as difficult as others. Also, it is a good read. It stirs. The whole book is a quest of the protagonist finding his own philosphy or a way to face the struggles of his life. It is still a challenging read though. If you are just trying to do the assignment then this post is null.
    All across the telegraph
    His name it did resound,
    But no charge held against him
    Could they prove.
    And there was no man around
    Who could track or chain him down,
    He was never known
    To make a foolish move.

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