The Wall by H.G. Adler

"The world felt as if it stood behind glass, and I myself felt as if I were made out of glass, but everything consisted of a delicate glass, alive and sinuous, yet fragile, subtly transparent, and yet also impenetrable, more to be looked at than comprehended, and nonetheless alien, alien, an inner trust at last slowly deducible only after dogged, constant efforts to feel it." (Page 6 of The Wall) 

This is perhaps the clearer exposition of the challenges faced by all immigrants and refugees to societies that are not their own. It is also an articulation of the difficulties of transitioning from one place to another. It was my experience as an immigrant to Canada.