Sunday, June 26, 2005

hail to the Orange Girl!

i kinda thought it's but another children's story meant for adults like his previous Ringmaster's Daughter, but Jostein Gaarder, one of my fave authors of all time wove something different, something so close to home. The Orange Girl, the Norwegian author's latest release just showed how talented and how he has personally drawn me into his works. Set in a small town in Norway in contemporary times, this is a story of Georg who receives a letter from his father who's been dead for 11 years. Reading the letter made him know his father better but also made him ask several questions about his life and their existence.
when you know you're gonna die anyway, will you still prefer to breathe in, give more to others? will you be willing to step into some fairy tale knowing that you could only stay a while? will you still peek at some nice package knowing that you can't take a thing you fancy in there? what you don't know won't hurt you, isn't it? sometimes it's safe to assume that leaving will be easier when you don't imprint much of yourself in the world. or is it?

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