Mister OrangeBook - 2012
The year: 1943. The place: Manhattan. Linus Muller works at the family grocery store in the east 70s. When his oldest brother, Albie, leaves to fight in World War II, Linus takes over the grocery deliveries. One of his customers is an artist from somewhere in Europe who arranges to have a crate of oranges delivered every other week. Over the course of these deliveries, an intimacy develops between Linus and the man, whom he knows only by the name he gives him, Mister Orange. In the peacefulness of Mister Orange's spare kitchen, they discuss the war, the future, freedom and imagination. Through these conversations, Linus begins to grow up as he wrestles with the realities of war and the place of comic books, superheroes and the imagination in human life.
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"It's as if the painting opens up a door, thinks Linus. As if it draws you into a different world, shakes you up, and hurls you back out into your own, and suddenly, that world looks just a little different." (Pg. 148-149)
"If he couldn't have imagined that we'd win the war, he wouldn't have gone!...He went because he could imagine the future. The right future. I mean, not the future where everyone has to do what the enemy wants, but the other future. The future where we're free to think for ourselves. That's why he went to fight. Because he understood that it's something worth fighting for." (Pg. 129)
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