My Life in Orange

My Life in Orange Review

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. The Bhagwan preached an eclectic doctrine of Eastern mysticism, chaotic therapy, and sexual freedom, and enjoyed inhaling laughing gas, preaching from a dentist's chair, and collecting Rolls Royces.

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 England, Oregon, India, and Germany.

In 1985 the movement collapsed amid allegations of mass poisonings, attempted murder, and tax evasion, and Yogesh was once again Tim. In this extraordinary memoir, Tim Guest chronicles the heartbreaking experience of being left alone on earth while his mother hunted heaven.

Title:My Life in Orange
Edition Language:English

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  • Samilja

    This book just made me sad. Guest's memoir chronicles his life (roughly from age 2 to age 11) in and out of various ashrams and communes created by and for followers of the Indian 'guru' Bagwhan. Gues...

  • Joshua Gross

    The difficulty with this book, at least for me, was the problem with it having to be both a memoir and a historical account. Tim Guest was a child when all this was happening, so he wouldn't have had...

  • Molly

    An admission: with just the title, My Life in Orange: Growing up with the Guru, I had somehow expected this to be about a child's experiences with monks. The guru, in my imagined variation, would be t...

  • Tegan

    After watching Wild Wild Country on Netflix I was interested in learning more about life in the communes. This novel is from a child's perspective, and the author mainly lived in Europe, only briefly ...

  • Val Robson

    This is one of the best autobiographies I have ever read. I bought it after watching the Netflix six part series 'Wild Wild Country' about Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and his followers aka 'the orange peop...

  • Elizabeth Urello

    I read a lot of books about cults and cult members. I don’t have an explanation for why, it’s just an interest I have. The tagline of this particular book could read, “An interesting person ruin...

  • minnie

    I read this over the weekend and found it a fascinating insight into the insane world of the religious cult.It's the memories of Tim Guest, whose mother joined Bhagwans followers in 1980 and dragged h...

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)

    Tim was 6 when his mother decided to follow Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. This chronicles his memories of living on various Rajneesh compounds in India, the UK, Rajneeshpuram (in Oregon), and even a school ...

  • Barry

    Fascinating personal story of a childhood in Bhagwani communes. Honest about the emotional neglect, and the craziness of it all, but also sympathetic in its recognition of the 'adults' as lost souls a...

  • Kathryn in FL

    Tim Guest was born to a mother, who needed to be a part of something big. Throughout college (though it isn't clear to me if she graduated) she would join political groups of different flavors and liv...