Jostein Gaarder The Orange Girl

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From the author of SOPHIE'S WORLD, a modern fairy tale with a philosophical twist.

Das Buch gehört auf jeden Fall zu meinen absoluten Lieblingsbüchern und ist eines der einzigen bei dem ich während des Lesens weinen musste.

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    The Orange Girl
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    17. August 2016 um 10:09

    As I started the book, I felt as if I would read this story for the first time. It was like somebody told me that “The Orange Girl” is a wonderful book, but I knew hardly anything about it, although I read it two years ago for the first time. When I was about half into this book, I started to remember some of the facts and soon I began to understand, why I loved this book so much and called it my favourite book for the last two years. If I had the time to read this book again, there are too many other books on my TBR list, I would definitely do it. One reason for this is, that I didn’t really understand everything, not because of the English (first time I read it in German), but because the book involves many wisdoms about life and dead and the universe, some of them are quite hard to understand. After finishing the book, I felt sad, because it shows you that life lasts only a short time in comparison with the time of the consist of the milky way for example and that it suddenly could end. But I also felt enthusiastic, because I think its main message is that life is a mystery and even we are part of it, we don’t have to understand the rules, we just have to observe them. For another time I noticed that the universe really interests but also impresses me, because it’s that big and nobody on earth knows and probably will ever know everything about it. While reading this book I smiled (because of the wonderful and tender love story) and I nearly started crying (first time I read it I did and I am a little ashamed about it), but it invoked also other feelings, but I’m not going to explain them to you, because you will only understand them if you read this book. I wouldn’t change anything about the characters, because they are perfect how they are, in their imperfect way. (My brother read this sentence and he said, that he didn’t understand its meaning. Maybe I am the only one, because I wrote this weird passage.) There are open questions after the book’s end, for example how his mother reacts to the letter, but I don’t even want this questions to be answered, because everybody has an own imagination to think about this answer by his- or herself. In this book are two quotes, that I like most, one of them is a long question, I’ll try to answer it later, so I’ll start with the other one. This are also the last sentences of the book: Ask your mum and your dad how they met each other. Perhaps they’ve got an exciting story to tell … I imagine that the more detailed the story is, the more nail biting it is to listen to because if just a tiny detail had been different, you’d never have been born! I bet there are thousands of little things that could have made all the difference, and robbed you of the slightest chance. Or to borrow a few words of wisdom from my dad: Life is a huge lottery in which only the winning tickets are visible. You who are reading this are one of those winning tickets. Lucky you! Here’s the next passage: Imagine that you were on the threshold of this fairy tale 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 know was that, 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 fairy tale 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, Georg, if there had been some higher power to give you the choice? … Would 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? Georg's father asked his son this question, when he was a little child. But of course, he knew that he wouldn’t understand the whole meaning behind this words and that he couldn’t answer. So in this letter he asks him a second time, because he wouldn’t have chosen to live his life on this strange planet. He wants to know if it was a mistake that Veronika had given birth to Georg. If it was a mistake to live and to search for the Orange girl after he had seen her in the tram with a brown bag filled with oranges. I won’t tell you how Georg answered this question (you have to read the book if you want to find out), but I try to write down my own answer, you have to put up with this: This question made me think. Did I have the change to choose if I wanted to live on this world sometimes? This would mean that I had already answered it with yes, but if so, I could have changed my mind during my over 15 years on this planet. But how would I answer this question now? I started thinking about this two years ago, when I first read this book, but I came to no real conclusion. I really enjoy living in this fairy tale, but I also wouldn’t have missed it if I wouldn’t have known how it was here and then there’s a new question coming up. If I answered the first question with no, would I have lived at the place where I was asked this question or would I have stopped to exist? Does this make a difference? I’m sitting in front of the computer, my fingers over the key board and I think of a good answer, because I told you, that I’m going to answer this question so I have to. Even if I’m not quite sure, I think I would have answered this question with yes, because for me life is an interval where you collect memories and knowledge. You can collect other things, but how to you want to make use of them when you get older? And if there’s a life after dead memories and knowledge is all you can take with you. What would it have helped me to stay at this place, wherever it might be, answering the question with no? I think I wouldn’t exist only to die because I don’t want a life on this strange planet, so I would live at this place, maybe forever happy, without knowing that out there on the planet are problems. But if so, I would be happier after coming back from planet earth, because I would know that happiness is rare and valuable. While reading the “Orange Girl” I learnt some facts about the universe and especially about the Hubble Space Telescope. I didn’t catch these facts the first time I read this book. But because I don’t know if you want to hear them, I won’t tell them to you, and you can find them out in the internet or you could read the book. I advise you to do the second one (but of course it’s up to you). The question who else should read this book is easy for me to answer: Everybody. Everybody should think about life and how valuable it is. I think out there in the world, are many people that wouldn’t like this book, because it’s neither thrilling or fanciful. It’s just not a book that matches many book tastes. My favourite character is probably Georg’s father (but I like Georg almost as much as his father), because he’s very wise and even though not grounded. He opened my eyes for the beauty of the nature, the universe and just everything. I don’t really like Jørgen, he’s Georg's mum's new boyfriend and I think that Georg’s father should be her boyfriend forever, because they are a really lovely couple. But I didn’t hate him because it wasn’t his fault and he’s really solicitous and friendly. If Jørgen wouldn’t be that friendly, or worse he would be an alcoholic I would really despise him, but because he isn’t, I like all characters in this story. Almost a little bit. I hope I could help you with my review of this book.

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