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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Linus inherits the job of delivering groceries for the family store, and every other week, he brings a crate of oranges to a man he dubs “Mister Orange.” Based on the Dutch painter Piet Mondrian, Mister Orange introduces Linus to the “the colors of the future”—yellow, red and blue—that decorate h...Nov 14 2012 | Read Full Review of Mister Orange
âIf imagination were as harmless as you think,â Mister Orange tells Linus, âthen the Nazis wouldnât be so scared of it.â Served well by Watkinsonâs graceful translation, Matti (Departure Time) draws an exceptionally sensitive portrait of introspective Linus and his understanding of wh...Nov 26 2012 | Read Full Review of Mister Orange