The Orange Girl

The Orange Girl

by Jostein Gaarder
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A_Harvard_Scholar More than 1 year ago
Jostein Gaarder, the Norwegian intellectual and well-known author of Sophie's World, now returns to ponder, once again, the meaning of life and man's place in the universe. These are big questions, to be sure, but Gaarder magically simplifies these important existential matters and discusses them at an understandable, thoroughly engaging level. In "The Orange Girl", Gaarder takes the age-old story of "boy meets girl, boy pursues girl, boy and girl get married" and spins it into a suspenseful mystery story narrated by their fifteen-year-old son, George. Told in the matter-of-fact manner of a teenager, the language is immediately accessible; however, the ideas will keep you thinking long after the last pages are finished. It is moving, yet never sappy; philosophical, yet never pretentious. This is one of my all-time favourite books, and I highly recommend it to anyone of high-school age or older. (I'm still not sure why this book is not very well known in the US.) One caution: it IS a mystery story, and no later reading will ever equate to that very first time. So savour it, and take your time!