Haruki Murukami's (or Murakami, I've seen it spelt both ways and not sure which is correct) novel Norwegian Wood, a story of love and longing and loss is written with his usual beautiful use of prose. I love his honesty and use of symbols, it never ceases to amaze me how he seems to get into other peoples' heads with such insight or how he describes the minutiae of life so eloquently. I"m spoilt for choice when it comes to quotes...I hope you'll indulge me.
"I took my bottled firefly to the roof. No one else was up there. A white vest hung on a clothesline that someone had forgotten to take in, waving in the evening breeze like the discarded shell of some huge insect." p58
'"How much do you love me?" Midori asked.
'Enough to melt all the tigers in the world to butter." I said.
"Far out," she said with a hint of satisfaction. "Will you hold me again?"
We got into her bed and held each other, kissing as the sound of the rain filled our ears. Then we talked about everything from the formation of the universe to our preferences in the hardness of boiled eggs." 'p349