Watching the bottle drifting on the sea, my heart went with it as it floated up and down. I opened the book, searching for the last letter he wrote. My fingers traced the writings from single word to every sentence, which triggered the same emotions as the main character had.
In this novel, there’s two main characters, or Garrett, the character who writes letters in bottles, and another one is Theresa who’s a divorced columnist. Garrett’s wife died in an accident many years ago, so in memory of her, all the letters are addressed to her. Somehow, the columnist picks up the bottle while she’s jogging on the beach. She is moved by the words he wrote and intends to search for this mystery man. Finally, Theresa finds him, and they fall in love after knowing each other too well. However, Garrett is troubled by his guilt for having a new relationship. For this, the two of them had a big fight and get parted. After that, he decided to move on and intended to say a final farewell to his late wife on his last sailing. But, God knows, he didn’t make it by returning back. Only this letter he wrote to his lover Theresa left behind. The worst part is she just finish reading the letter as the terrible news hits.
我的译文如下 | My Translated Version in Chinese:
For the first few days after you left, I wanted to believe that I could go on as I always had. But I couldn’t. Every time I watched the sun go down, I thought of you. Every time I walked by the phone, I yearned to call. Even when I went sailing, I could only think of you and the wonderful times we had. I knew in my heart that my life would never be the same again. I wanted you back, more than I imagined possible, yet whenever I conjured you up, I kept hearing your words in our last conversation. No matter how much I loved you, I knew it wasn’t going to be possible unless we—both of us—were sure I would devote myself fully to the path that lay ahead. I continued to be troubled by these thoughts until late last night when the answer finally came to me. Hopefully, after I tell you about it, it will mean as much to you as it did to me:
In my dream, I saw myself on the beach with Catherine, in the same spot I took you after our lunch at Hank’s. It was bright in the sun, the rays reflecting brilliantly off the sand. As we walked alongside each other, she listened intently as I told her about you, about us, about the wonderful times we shared. Finally, after some hesitation, I admitted that I loved you, but that I felt guilty about it. She said nothing right away but simply kept walking until she finally turned to me and asked, “Why?”
“Because of you.” Upon hearing my answer, she smiled at me with patient amusement, the way she used to before she died. “Oh, Garrett,” she finally said as she gently touched my face, “who do you think it was that brought the bottle to her?”
The letter was selected from the novel.
How’re your feelings after reading this letter? This is a sad and beautiful story of love lost and found, which allows you to feel the tenderness and warmth. The drift bottles and letters bind them together closely. I once painted two artworks that inspired by this novel, and now I’d like to share them with you guys to fit this moment together.
I strongly recommend reading Message In A Bottle, a top-selling romance novel written by famous American author Nicholas Sparks. As a big fan of him, I collected almost all the novels he wrote. And lots of films were based on his novels such as The Notebook, A Walk To Remember, Dear John, etc., including this one. His novels always offering us too much emotion and devotion in it, which let you smile at first and cry after that as if enjoying a cup of black coffee that lead you to endless aftertastes.
And remember don’t buy the translated version. Go for the ORIGINAL one as the writing is really beautiful. This author knows how to describe a person, how to explore his thoughts, and how to depict the surroundings. The cover above is the version I collected for comfortable reading layouts BTW.
Writings/Translations by BubbleSwan