Beautiful. Absolutely poetic. Almost Shakesperian (not a fan, and I find it to be a hard read, but the lyrical prose is just absolutely beautiful). I think I might read this.
To answer the question, I think 'Forrester' from 'Finding Forrester' comes to mind. I haven't read the book nor seen the movie. All I know is that hermit old man who was once a professor lives in a apartment and has retreated from the world. His friends are his books. And some black kids sets out to find him and they both grow to share a bond and learn things from each other.
I can see myself as a (maybe) intelligent old woman who has retreated from the world and decided to leave it alone for a while or forever. And I love to read.
I understood and identified with the characters Lestat and Louis from Interview with a Vampire, but I am not like them at all.
Other than that, I don't think I've ever read a book and found 'me' in it. But some of my favorite characters have been John Coffee (Green Mile - Stephen King) and Moll Flanders (Moll Flanders - William Defoe). I tend to like non-conforming, non-traditionalist characters who are like gold on the inside but with some seemingly serious character flaw to the outside world.
Also a fan of EA Poe but I can't (won't?) identify with any of his characters - except for maybe Poe himself.