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My Life in Orange Paperback – 20 Jan 2005
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An uplifting and closely observed memoir -- The Observer
Guests poignant reconstruction is an eye-opening story of an extraordinary upbringing -- Sunday Times
Hilarious and heartbreaking story' -- The Times
Hilarious and shocking...a remarkably level-headed assessment of what drove his parents generation to seek an alternative way of life -- Guardian
Intriguing and often humorous mix of straightforward 1980s nostalgia and cult delusion often absorbing and always astute -- Irish Times
From the Back Cover
A hilarious account of growing up in a commune. --Irish Times
At the age of six, Tim Guest was taken by his mother to a commune modeled on the teachings of the notorious Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, who preached an eclectic doctrine of Eastern mysticism, chaotic therapy, and sexual freedom. Tim and his mother were given Sanskrit names, dressed entirely in orange, and encouraged to surrender themselves into their new family. While his mother worked tirelessly for the cause, Tim--or Yogesh, as he was now called--lived a life of well-meaning but woefully misguided neglect in various communes in Oregon, England, India, and Germany. When the movement finally collapsed amid allegations of mass poisonings, attempted murder, and tax evasion, Tim and his mother started a new life. In this poignant and funny memoir, Tim Guest chronicles his experience of being left alone on earth while his mother hunted heaven, and concludes with a heartening account of how they find each other again.
[Tim Guest s] wonderful account of a frankly ghastly childhood is hilarious and heartbreaking, and it says much for the resilience of the human spirit that he has grown up sound in mind and body without a trace of bitterness towards his mother. --Daily Mail (London)
"A unique, eloquent, child's eye view of growing up in a commune and the price paid for a parent's search for bliss. A complex and superbly told tale of longing and repair. Guest is a fine writer at the beginning, I think, of a distinguished career."--John Lahr
An extraordinary memoir. --The Sunday Telegraph (London)
Tim Guest writes for the Guardian and the Daily Telegraph. He lives in London.
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Top Customer Reviews
I have just finished reading a preview copy and I am struggling to contain my emotions.
The book is very well composed, fluctuating between the intensely personal experiences written with candour and intelligence and a historical perspective providing a lot of information which has helped me understand the reasons for many events in the commune and in my life.
I am filled with admiration for the finished product, jealous that I am not the one to write it, have enormous sympathy for and new understanding of my oldest friend, a desire to spread the word to anyone who has tried to comprehend what we went through, and most of all I am filled with pride that Yogesh is still my friend and always will be.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough to anyone with any interest in Sannyas, child development (especially alternative theories!) or just as a intensely interesting read.
Maybe I am biased - ok, I am definitely biased - but this is the best book I have ever read.
Swami Prem Majid
go buy it - it's very good
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A good insight into his world and the suffering he experienced and the abuse of power.Published 11 months ago by ElizaLou
The story is fascinating when it stays on the subject of Rajneesh...
I found (often) far too much repetitive long drawn out descriptions of day to day stuff... Read more
A fascinating read for anyone who's ever been interested in communes, orange people, and the desire to change the world. Read morePublished on 11 July 2014 by Karen Parsons
Bought as a gift for Xmas so unable to review. It was on their list so I assume they liked it!Published on 8 Feb. 2013 by Paul housego
Of all the books available that exlore the dark underbelly of the quest for peace and love, Tim Guest's account gets right to the bone. Read morePublished on 24 Aug. 2011 by Cherry Coombe
After reading many books on the theme of religion/self help/communes, I must say that this book was a dissapointment. Read morePublished on 20 Oct. 2010 by Southampton girl
I have been putting off writing this review - I have read the book twice and keep dipping into it. When I picked it up last time in August I noticed in the news that it's author,... Read morePublished on 12 Jan. 2010 by Pilipala
In the early 1980s I lived in Swiss Cottage, and there was a sanyassid 'health club' (described briefly in this book) up the road, so there were lots of maroon-clad people in the... Read morePublished on 14 Nov. 2009 by Jezza
great book. simple premise - how tim spent most of his childhood living in an increasingly bizarre cult. Read morePublished on 1 Aug. 2009 by M. Young