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Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder

Sophie's World (original 1991; edition 1996)

by Jostein Gaarder (Author)

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Title:Sophie's World
Authors:Jostein Gaarder (Author)
Info:Berkley (1996), Paperback, 544 pages
Collections:Your library, GT3, Have read
Tags:fiction, literature, metafiction, philosophy, prose, Norwegian

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Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder (1991)

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    missmaddie: Both books contain letter correspondence, and they also both have supernatural/fantasy elements. Likable girls as the main characters.

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It has now been several years since I have read this book but it still remains one of the nicest book in bookshelf. The idea on which the book is centered is quite original and the content guides the reader through centuries of philosophy in a way that is both interesting and easy to grasp.
The ending ... no I won't spoil it for you! Let me just say that is one of those you will remember. A book to buy for yourself and as a present. ( )
  ferrarini_luca | Dec 6, 2016 |
It was an interesting idea, but I couldn't keep the various philosophies similarities and differences as straight as a 14 year old could. It may have been a better read with a class discussion to keep me on track. ( )
  sbluerock | Nov 5, 2016 |
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 | Nov 2, 2016 |
Così ho cominciato ad apprezzare la filosofia! ( )
  cloentrelibros | Aug 23, 2016 |
Uno de esos libros que descubrí en la adolescencia gracias a una de las mejores profesoras que tuve en el instituto.
Filosofía, historia y reflexiones presentadas de manera muy amena. Tanto que gracias a este libro me aficioné a las novelas de Jostein Gaarder. ( )
  Minimissplaced | Jul 21, 2016 |
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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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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
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.

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

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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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