From the author of SOPHIE'S WORLD, a modern fairy tale with a philosophical twist.
'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 died, and a story, 'The Orange Girl'.
But 'The Orange Girl' is no ordinary story - it is a riddle from the past and centres around an incident in his father's youth. One day he boarded a tram and was captivated by a beautiful girl standing in the aisle, clutching a huge paper bag of luscious-looking oranges. Suddenly the tram gave a jolt and he stumbled forward, sending the oranges flying in all directions. The girl simply hopped off the tram leaving Georg's father with arms full of oranges. Now, from beyond the grave, he is asking his son to help him finally solve the puzzle of her identity.
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I was totally captivated many years ago by Sophie's world, Maya and the Solitaire Mystery but the Orange Girl is a complete let down and I have to admit that I finished reading the story partly out of respect for J Gaarder and partly because I thought there would be a brilliant twist at the end. Sadly, unless I have missed it, there is not.
The story starts off at a pace and you get comfy in your chair because his book feels an reads like a new mystery at the start. Alas what you get is the obvious and that's not what, I for one, have come to expect from this author.