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'My father died eleven years ago. I was only four then. I never thought I'd hear from him again, but now we're writing a book together'

To Georg Røed, his father is no more than a shadow, a distant memory. But then one day his grandmother discovers some pages stuffed into the lining of an old red pushchair. The pages are a letter to Georg, written just before his father die
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Paperback, 151 pages
Published July 6th 2005 by Phoenix (first published 2003)
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Krisz Our daughters and sons DO know how we met - and there are so many more things that are much more interesting and worthy to tell them than the meeting …moreOur daughters and sons DO know how we met - and there are so many more things that are much more interesting and worthy to tell them than the meeting of their parents. Sure it's fun, but nothing more. Any little story about THEM as kids beats such in any given moment.(less)

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Kaya
Jun 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
“My father died eleven years ago. I was only four then. I never thought I’d hear from him again, but now we’re writing a book together.”

Sometimes, there's a disarming beauty in simplicity. Sometimes, describing ordinary feelings and doubts is enough for writing extraordinary books. This is the case. I'm so happy that this is my first Gaarder's book. I love how he evokes emotions in the reader's mind without even trying to manipulate them.

The plot isn't quite about philosophy, but it also isn'
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Kenny
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
“But the dream of something unlikely has its own special name. We call it hope.”
― Jostein Gaarder, The Orange Girl


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The Orange Girl was my introduction to Jostein Gaarder; Thanks to my friend, ST for suggesting Gaarder to me. The Orange Girl was the perfect book to read after finishing Ulysses.

Gaarder is a true romantic and The Orange Girl is as fine a feel good book as there is.

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While reading The Orange Girl, you will experience a wide range of emotions ~~ you will laugh, cry, be frustrated,
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Maria Espadinha
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“In choosing to live, you also choose to die”

Shall we never start because we fear the final?!
Since every beginning encloses an ending, obviously what really counts is what we do in between!
Denying ourselves the experience will be like arresting our own development!...*

So Simple... So True 👍


*However there are things your survival instinct will probably advise you not to do:
https://youtu.be/rTOKUfcDVQQ
Probably 😉
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Nuzhat
Aug 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who wants to learn to let go.
This book helped me be calm and still in a very difficult time in my life. I borrowed it from a friend, Shehneela, when I chanced upon it in her hostel room. I did not have any great reasons to pick this book up when she offered me to select something from her bookshelf, but now I am glad I picked this one up.

I cannot explain in simple words how this book has helped untie a knot in my heart and mind, but it has, and for that reason, I wanted to do away with Shehneela's copy altogether. I was uns
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Eli ad
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed reading the book! And now I’m thinking, would i choose to have a life on earth if i actually had a choice?!
Maede
Feb 03, 2019 rated it liked it

What is this great fairytale we live in and which each of us is only permitted to experience for such a short time?

This is what I'll remember from this book. A simple love story with a complicated question. A dad left his son a letter from beyond the grave, telling him the fairytale of how he met his mom.

It was sometimes frustrating to continue reading but in the end, it was worth it.

97.11.14
Bahar Mir
Dec 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-re-read, favorites
Lately I had been having trouble dealing with existentialism. I even nagged to a dear friend that why don't we get a choice in that...why can't we choose to exist or not to,living in this dark world hurts and I can't take it anymore... and then the universe decided to mock me and put this amazingly written book in my hand in the midst of my visionary thoughts. If you have ever read any of the gaarder's book you're gonna think this must be so much about philosophy...Well it's not, I mean it is. b ...more
Parizadvk
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favs
I loved the book. A short and simple yet very touching and deep making me both smile and shed tears...
Ladan
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I wish I would have gone for it much earlier, when I was about 13-15. Anyway I like the idea and the fundamental questions brought up in the book. To me this is a baby to the God's illusion documentary by lovely Richard Dawkins, as he mentions "we are going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones. most ppl are never gonna die cuz they are never gonna be born. The potential ppl who could have been here in my place but who will in fact never see the light of day outnumber the sand grains of Arabi ...more
Srđan
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The best books are those that remind you that you are alive, and this one truly did that for me. So beautiful and sad at the same time.
Maria Espadinha
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Words Never Die

My father died before we could have a proper conversation. I was still an infant — too young to talk about life, love, death, or anything else that could possibly matter!...
However, dad wanted so much to guide me, to be there for me, that before his death he managed to write a letter addressed to a future me — a letter I found in a moment I desperately needed it!

Unlike people, words never die!

P.S.: I’m not telling you the story of my life — these thoughts belong to the main charac
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Angela
Mar 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, young-adult
I once had a really horrible boyfriend (actually, I’ve had several), and while he busied himself with Crown lager and transforming into Mr Hyde I would bury myself in ‘Sophie’s World’, a book lent to me by a kind aunty with impeccable timing. The solace I found among those pages initiated a quest to read more of the Norwegian writer’s stories, much like my later obsession with Paolo Coelho or Juliet Marillier.

But Jostein Gaarder’s offerings are a bit hit and miss. The curse of being a seasoned
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Rowena
Mar 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was a lovely story. 15 year old Georg is handed a letter his now-deceased father wrote to him 12 years ago. Georg was only 3 years old when his father passed away, therefore has no real memories of him. The letter his father writes recounts a story of "the orange girl."

I liked how the story was structured; first Georg reads a section of his father's letter and then he digests and questions what he's just read. As the letter progresses, we can see Georg's thinking process and see how he evol
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Virginie
Second time reading this sweet book! It's funny how, back in 2012, I was more touched by the romance aspect of the story. Today, I'm more shaken by the philosophical reflections about life and death.

Some parts were not as magical as the first time reading them, but the last third was A-MA-ZING. I took my time and read a lot of parts twice. Quick but intense read!
Sparkle
Nov 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This was one awesome book! I actually just came to read it because of my seat mate way back in my senior year in high school. She was the one who owns the book actually. I saw the book on her desk and asked her if she could give me a gist of the story. She told me that it is better if I read the book myself because she finds it a bit difficult to explain what is in the book. I didn't hesitate, I immediately grabbed that opportunity to be able to read the book. I was so curious about its cover an ...more
Hajer
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
I don't know how to start talking about this book. All I know is, after finishing it, I said: Beauty lies in simplicity.
I've read Jostein Gaarder's other book "Sophie's world" many years ago, so I was expecting this one to be a bit complex. And it was not! Still, it was a thought-provoking story, a modern fairytale with a bittersweet ending.
As the whole book is about George reading a letter from his dead father written eleven years ago, we will get to see how his father was telling the story, an
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Salva
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
As much as I disliked the way the story was narrated, I must confess the ending was breathtaking! My answer is YES, I would definitely choose to live in this world full of wonders even if it's too short or even if we have to leave it so early. Plus, based on my religious beliefs, we have been asked to be brought to this world before birth! So, I stand by my choice to live this life, which is a gift to those who embrace it. Just so you know, I'm one of those who enjoy single little things, even h ...more
Brian  9 ¾ ⚡
Sep 24, 2018 marked it as dnf
DNF 14%

The story doesn't interest me. Maybe I'll pick this book again in the future.
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Oct 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Well, it has been many years since I read a book, cover to cover, over the course of a day or two. The Orange Girl has restored my faith in my ability to do just this. I have found that every book I have read of Gaarder's has held me captivated and I love the way in which not one word is wasted nor is it skimmed over (on my part!). This book is no exception.

The Orange Girl's main focus is on Georg, his deceased father and his father's love and obsession with the 'Orange Girl'. Georg's father die
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Ann R
Although it wasn't my original intention, I read this book in one sitting. Somehow I needed to keep going, all the while hoping the mystery of The Orange Girl would be revealed. In retrospect, I was glad to have avoided reading reviews until I finished the book, as I feel some reviewers gave too many (philosophical) hints away.
Nazanin
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
this book had some unique ideas. like how our world is a big fairy tale. and as i was reading i felt a little sorry that we could no longer see the magic. when i look at a tree, I see green leaves that can catch the light and turn it into different chemicals. I think about the mechanism of photosynthesis, and how the vessels in it's trunk transfer different materials to every part of the tree. because i know the rules, a tree doesn't mesmerize me anymore, I don't see the magic when i look at it. ...more
Julie Mestdagh
Sep 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"No two oranges are alike…."

Amazing. Breathtaking. Emotional. After having read this book in one stretch in one day, I find myself quite content in the sofa, my thoughts wandering all over the place, feeling both lucky, happy, sad and nostalgic at the same time. What a book!

"The orange girl" by Jostein Gaarder is actually a story written by two authors. When Georg, a Norwegian boy whose favourite words are "yes please, a bit more of both" , is 15 years old, his grandparents show up with a lette
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Lynossa
Nov 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Few days ago Kay-c asked me what book should she read if she wants to start reading philosophy book. I immediately said' Jostein Gaarder's!'. Jostein Gaarder was the reason why I read philosophy book in the first place. I read Sophie's World years ago and I was hooked! So I started reading his other books. Orange Girl isn't my favorite Gaarder but that doesn't mean this book isn't worthy of your time. On the contrary, I think this is one of the must-read book; especially if you're taking interes ...more
Bjørn Zeiler
Jun 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Bjørn by: Helene Petersen
Shelves: depth
A friend of mine told me that this was her favorite book and I am happy to say that I can definitely see why.
It is a wonderfully written story combining the presence and wonder of an essay with the tension and romance of a novel.

It leaves you with a sort of childish wonder which you suddenly notice that you've missed. The world is so "figured out" with science and politics that we sometimes forget what it feels like to look upon it and simply "wonder".
The book explains this and manages to pull
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Daniikko
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I think I wasn't prepared for this book. It opened up a lot of questions that every one of us hides in the corners of our mind.
If you had a choice between living ( for an unknown period of time ) or declining the offer of life - because perhaps you're too afraid to accept that you lose everything one day;
what do you choose ?
If you choose to live, you chose to die.
A book that makes you look beyond what you see. ( Hakuna Matata all )

- Следи део из књиге, не укључује никакав spoiler. -
" ....Н
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Meri
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book
,,Do not tell me that the world is not a fairy tale. The one who did not see it, may not even understand before the fairy tale is nearing its end.,, - Lovely and beautiful, sweet and gentle, romantic but very instructive heartbreaking story. Advice? Live your life and believe in fairy tales ... it's not a bad thing ... at all!
Snekic
Aug 30, 2018 rated it liked it
It was nice, I guess. I liked the ending, but the whole book overall had a lot of unnecessary parts that were very boring to read. The love story and Hubble telescope parts were interesting, but the whole life philosophy was a bit out of place...
Anyway, it's not a long book so I guess it's worth reading.
Kerli
Feb 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone. READ IT!!
Recommended to Kerli by: Sophie's World
What a beautiful, moving book. I read Sophie's World, because someone recommended it to me (I think it might have been just a random man in the library), and I wasn't that impressed, but his imaginative world was enough for me to try and read more - so I got this and Solitaire Mystery out as well. And I loved both of them.

I can't really say why I liked this one so much. I am not a chick-lit fan, the only romances I have actually read and liked are by Austen, so this was not as much about the rel
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Kareem A.F.
Nov 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Simple but deep - that's my opinion of "The Orange Girl". At the beginning of the story, the main character - Georg - does not really now a lot about his deceased father who died when Georg was at a very young age (4 years old). However, matters change when he discovers a letter from his father. Out of curiosity and interest, Georg decides to read it ,thus forming the story.
What's even more remarkable is that the father addressed this letter to his son, knowing he how he would die someday. For,
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عماد العتيلي
Nov 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013-reads
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Umm well, I .. Liked this book!
But you know, not really liked it!
I think it was a little bit .. Boring!
Actually, I don't know! I'm confused! It rarely happens to me, to be confused in front of a book.

I read Gaarder's Sophie's World two years ago, and I loved it. I thought 'The Orange Girl' would be written differently - but unfortunately it wasn't :(

Anyway, it was a good read. Not what I was looking for, but it was fun nevertheless.
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Jostein Gaarder is a Norwegian intellectual and author of several novels, short stories, and children's books. Gaarder often writes from the perspective of children, exploring their sense of wonder about the world. He often uses meta-fiction in his works, writing stories within stories.

Gaarder was born into a pedagogical family. His best known work is the novel Sophie's World, subtitled "A Novel a
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“Imagine that you were on the threshold of this fairytale, sometime billions of years ago when everything was created. And you were able to choose whether you wanted to be born to a life on this planet at some point. You wouldn’t know when you were going to be born, nor how long you’d live for, but at any event it wouldn’t be more than a few years. All you’d know was that, if you chose to come into the world at some point, you’d also have to leave it again one day and go away from everything. This might cause you a good deal of grief, as lots of people think that life in the great fairytale is so wonderful that the mere thought of it ending can bring tears to their eyes. Things can be so nice here that it’s terribly painful to think that at some point the days will run out. What would you have chosen, if there had been some higher power that had gave you the choice? Perhaps we can imagine some sort of cosmic fairy in this great, strange fairytale. What you have chosen to live a life on earth at some point, whether short or long, in a hundred thousand or a hundred million years? Or would you have refused to join in the game because you didn’t like the rules? (...) I asked myself the same question maybe times during the past few weeks. Would I have elected to live a life on earth in the firm knowledge that I’d suddenly be torn away from it, and perhaps in the middle of intoxicating happiness? (...) Well, I wasn’t sure what I would have chosen. (...) If I’d chosen never to the foot inside the great fairytale, I’d never have known what I’ve lost. Do you see what I’m getting at? Sometimes it’s worse for us human beings to lose something dear to us than never to have had it at all.” 161 likes
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