The Orange Girl [Jostein Gaarder]


Penulis/Author: Jostein Gaarder (2003)
Penerbit/Publisher: Orion
Cetakan/Edition: Hardback, 2004
Kategori/Category: Young adults
ISBN: 0-297-84904-2

At the age of fifteen, Georg Roed received a letter from his father who died eleven years ago when Georg was four, a father who he barely knows. They are now writing a book together based on that letter which his Grandmother had found in the lining of his old buggy.

Georg’s father wrote the letter and hid it there as “letter to the future”. No one knows what would happen if that letter was never found, but somehow it meant to be found. The letter was about the mysterious and beautiful Orange Girl, whom Georg’s father was obsessed and fell in love with, the girl whose identity Georg tries to reveal. It’s about the fairytale his father had when he was alive, a story that led to the existence of Georg himself. Georg’s father used Huble Space Telescope to accompany his Orange Girl story.

Imagine you were on the treshold of this fairytale, and sometime billions of years ago when everything was created. And you were able to choose whether you wanted to be born to a life at this world at some point. You wouldn’t know when you were going to be born, nor how long you’d lived for, but at any event it wouldn’t be more than a few years (page 124).

Through his letter, indirectly Georg’s father assisted his son to understand about life and love based on his own experience. The truth caused anger to Georg because of some things that he couldn’t understand, things beyond his power. But the letter also encouraged him to be brave and to respect the life he’s having right now with his mother Veronika, Jorgen (his step father) and Miriam, his baby sister.

Jostein Gaarder is a Norwegian author who wrote the famous “Sophie’s World”, a novel about the history of philosophy. Other books by Gaarder include “Maya”, “The Solitaire Mystery” and “The Ringmaster’s Daughter”. Compared to “Sophie’s World” that is serious and ‘heavy’, I found “Orange Girl” is quite acceptable for my (lazy?) brain. It is targeted to younger readers thus the language is not that complicated to comprehend plus it uses fun symbols to explain things such as telescope and fairy tales, things that work well on my imagination.

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