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Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder
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Sophie's World (1991)

by Jostein Gaarder

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a 14-year-old girl begins a philosophy course and discovers she is really a character in a book ( )
  margaretfield | May 30, 2018 |
This book is another hidden gem that I wish everyone could read. This is a fascinating novel that doubles as an introduction to the history of philosophy. It is done in such a clever way that I never felt as if I was being talked down to or was being force fed the subject of philosophy. The novel twists and turns with a major surprise change toward the latter half, and although it is a bit out there, I thought it flowed perfectly with the ideas of the story. This is a lengthy read and if you have no interest at all in philosopy I would not recommend it. I used to have my A.P. European History students read it and have regretted taking off the summer list. I would love to have a friend read it to tell me what they think. ( )
  msaucier818 | Apr 9, 2018 |
Fiction about Philosophy
  stevholt | Nov 19, 2017 |


I really enjoyed this book. Very thought provoking. ( )
  dannyp777 | Aug 8, 2017 |
I can't finish this book. It feels like it started as a children's book and writer dumped philosophy 101 textbook in it. It doesn't fit. ( )
  soontobefree | May 1, 2017 |
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As philoso-narrative, "Sophie's World" is a world above "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" but a universe below "The Magic Mountain." In my view, literate readers would do better to try Bertrand Russell's "History of Western Philosophy," which is shorter on magic but longer on wit, intelligence and curmudgeonly skepticism.
 

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Jostein Gaarderprimary authorall editionscalculated
Buchholz, QuintCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Eriksson, MonaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Haefs, GabrieleTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Klok, JankeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Møller, PauletteTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pijttersen, LucyTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Savolainen, KatriinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Snoeijing, KimTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stevens, PaulaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vance, SimonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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He who cannot draw on three thousand years

is living from hand to mouth.


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"Colui che non è in grado di darsi conto di
tremila anni rimane al buio e vive alla giornata".

JOHANN WOLFGANG GOETHE
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Este libro no habría nacido sin el alentador apoyo de Siri Dannevig. También quiero agradecer a Maiken Ims su revisión del manuscrito y sus valiosos comentarios. Mi gran agradecimiento también a Trond Berg Eriksen por sus cariñosas observaciones y sólido apoyo profesional durantes muchos años.
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Sophie Amundsen was on her way home from school.
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Deze roman over de geschiedenis van de filosofie is een spannend verhaal, een detective en een filosofie-geschiedenis in één: een intrigerende roman die iedereen zal aanspreken die iets over zichzelf en de wereld om zich heen wil leren.
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One day fourteen-year-old Sophie Amundsen comes home from school to find in her mailbox two notes, with one question on each: "Who are you?" and "Where does the world come from?" From that irrestistible beginning, Sophie becomes obsessed with questions that take her far beyond what she knows of her Norwegian village. Through those letters, she enrolls in a kind of correspondence course, covering Socrates to Sartre, with a mysterious philosopher, while receiving letters addressed to another girl. Who is Hilde? And why does her mail keep turning up? To unravel this riddle, Sophie must use the pilosophy she is learning--but the truth turns out to be far more complicated than she could have imagined.… (more)

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