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Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder
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Sophie's World (original 1991; edition 1995)

by Jostein Gaarder (Author), Paulette Moller (Translator)

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When 14-year-old Sophie encounters a mysterious mentor who introduces her to philosophy, mysteries deepen in her own life. Why does she keep getting postcards addressed to another girl? Who is the other girl? And who, for that matter, is Sophie herself? To solve the riddle, she uses her new knowledge of philosophy, but the truth is far stranger than she could have imagined. A phenomenal worldwide bestseller, SOPHIE'S WORLD sets out to draw teenagers into the world of Socrates, Descartes, Spinoza, Hegel and all the great philosophers. A brilliantly original and fascinating story with many twists and turns, it raises profound questions about the meaning of life and the origin of the universe.… (more)
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Title:Sophie's World
Authors:Jostein Gaarder (Author)
Other authors:Paulette Moller (Translator)
Info:Phoenix/Orion Books Ltd (1995), 403 pages
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Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder (1991)

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  revirier | Dec 13, 2021 |
As a novel, this didn't work for me at all. However, as a very basic introduction to the topic of philosophy, I thought it was very interesting. ( )
  Iudita | Dec 1, 2021 |
Charming introduction to philosophy. ( )
  CassandraBrecht | Nov 18, 2021 |
An interesting and fairly d concise history of Western philosophy that I very much enjoyed reading about. I have had an interest in your philosophy for a while so I already knew about some of the theories and philosophers included in this book. It does get a little strange once you get closer to the middle of the book and it can seem like you're reading a totally different story but overall I found it very enjoyable and a very good course in philosophy ( )
  AKBouterse | Oct 14, 2021 |
***Before reading za 29 juli 2017***
This is the year I will finally read this book. I had this on my shelves for the longest time. Ever since I stole it from my brother when he moved and was throwing his books away (MONSTER!). But I have to say the only reason I did was because of the buzz around it. It's one of those books every well read person in the Netherlands have heard about it or read it. I wanted to be one of those people. After 5 (-isch?) years I will be one of 'those' people.

Let the snobbery begin!
  Jonesy_now | Sep 24, 2021 |
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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
Gaarder, Josteinprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
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
الحويك عطية , حياةTranslatorsecondary 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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When 14-year-old Sophie encounters a mysterious mentor who introduces her to philosophy, mysteries deepen in her own life. Why does she keep getting postcards addressed to another girl? Who is the other girl? And who, for that matter, is Sophie herself? To solve the riddle, she uses her new knowledge of philosophy, but the truth is far stranger than she could have imagined. A phenomenal worldwide bestseller, SOPHIE'S WORLD sets out to draw teenagers into the world of Socrates, Descartes, Spinoza, Hegel and all the great philosophers. A brilliantly original and fascinating story with many twists and turns, it raises profound questions about the meaning of life and the origin of the universe.

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One day Sophie comes home from school and finds two questions in her mailbox: Who are you? and Where does the world come from? This is the start of Sophie's adventures in philosophy, led by a mysterious mentor who will not reveal his identity as the progress from the Ancient Greeks through Descartes to Hegel, Marx and Freud. But this is not the only mystery in Sophie's world. Why does she keep receiving postcards addressed to someone called Hilde? To solve the riddle, Sophie applies her new knowledge of philosophy to find a truth far stranger than she could ever imagine.

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