My Life in Orange, Paperback Book

My Life in Orange Paperback

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Imagine growing up with 200 mothers and 200 fathers.

What would it feel like to dress entirely in orange?

What would it be like to grow up in a commune with daily chants, meditation and muesli on the menu?

What would it be like to swap your mother for a new orange family?

Written in unsentimental prose this is the deliciously funny, and by turns, poignant story of a little boy alone in a house full of orange people.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Granta Books
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  • Category: Autobiography: general
  • ISBN: 9781862077201

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Bought 05 Jun 2009 - Sensible Bookshop, Hay-on-WyeI had read Guest's book about Second Life a year or so ago and both Matthew and I had wanted to look out for this one, so I was pleased to find it for £1. A wistful and quite shocking - but not sensationalist - description of growing up in various Bhagwan Rajneesh communes, Guest manages to communicate clearly both the dislocating experience of being a child within the movement and the attractions and consolations it had for the adults. A section at the end dealing with how he and his mother tried to resolve their issues was interesting and honest.Quite a sad book, and made more poignant by the fact that Guest actually died a couple of weeks ago, suddenly and unexpectedly. It made this quite difficult to read at times. Matthew's going to add it to his TBR then I'll probably offer it on a bookring at some stage as it is interesting and clear-sighted.

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