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Orange: The Diary of an Urban Surrealist Paperback – February 4, 2009
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The author grabs your attention with a thorough first-person account of drug-riddled life in a dreary urban environment; but as the narrator experiences, so does the reader. You begin lost but, with the immediate mentions of Orange, uncontrollably curious. I read the book from cover to cover in one sitting, itching for more at the end of each chapter.
The gritty realism gives the reader a vivid account of what life must be like for the bottom rung of society, the ones who are desperate enough to truly do anything. The main character's everyday life is stunning, but the first-person nonchalance adds an interesting dynamic. As common as trips to the grocery store or small talk at the water cooler are for typical people, exposure to sophisticated drug peddling operations and transvestite prostitutes is simply a part of life for the main character.
Not to mention there is a fantastic surprise ending to this novel. The final chapter caps the dangerous hardships of the main character brilliantly.
From start to finish, I found it nearly impossible to put this book down. If you're looking for a powerful and gripping read, Orange could not be any more perfect.