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Sophie's World (1991) [Novel]
by Jostein Gaarder Rating: Weighted - 7.5 / Average - 7.5 of 10 (20 votes) (Rate!)
Reviews: 3 (show them) Review!

Summary (From the publisher):

One day Sophie comes home from school to find two questions in her mail: Who are you? and Where does the world come from?

Before she knows it, she is enrolled in a correspondence course, covering Socrates to Sartre and beyond, with a mysterious philosopher. But Sophie is receiving a separate batch of equally unusual letters. Who is Hilde? And why does her mail keep turning up in Sophie's world?

To unravel this riddle, Sophie must make use of the philosophy she is learning. But the truth is far more complicated than she could have imagined . . .

Original title: Sofies verden
Original languages: Norwegian


Genre: FictionChildren & Young AdultFantasy
FictionGeneral Fiction
FictionFantasyLiterary Fantasy

Edition #1: Sophie's World

Sophie's World (1994)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: Paulette Møller
  • "Remarkable... a whimsical and ingenious mystery novel that also happens to be a history of philosophy." The Washington Post Book World
  • "Brilliant... unlike any other novel in this or other years." Boston Sunday Globe
  • "Extraordinary... read it for yourself." Newsweek
  • "Sophie's World is sheer delight. How I wish I'd had it during my college freshman survey of philosophy!" Madeleine L'Engle
  • "Europe's oddball literary sensation of the decade..." New York Newsday
  • "A page-turner." Entertainment Weekly
  • "First, think of a beginner's guide to philosophy, written by a schoolteacher... Next, imagine a fantasy novel—something like a modern-day version of Through the Looking Glass. Meld these disparate genres, and what do you get? Well, what you get is an improbable international bestseller... a runaway hit... [a] tour de force." Time
  • "Compelling." Los Angeles Times
  • "Its depth of learning, its intelligence and its totally original conception give it enormous magnetic appeal... To be fully human, and to feel our continuity with 3,000 years of philosophical inquiry, we need to put ourselves in Sophie's world." Boston Sunday Globe
  • "Involving and often humorous." USA Today
  • "In the adroit hands of Jostein Gaarder, the whole sweep of three millennia of Western philosophy is rendered as lively as a gossip column... Literary sorcery of the first rank." Fort Worth Star-Telegram
  • "A comprehensive history of Western philosophy as recounted to a 14-year-old Norwegian schoolgirl... The book will serve as a first-rate introductory philosophy course, and as a pleasant refresher for those who have and have forgotten most of it... [Sophie's mother] is a marvelous comic foil." Newsweek
  • "Terrifically entertaining and imaginative... I'll read Sophie's World again." Daily Mail
  • "What is admirable in the novel is the utter unpretentiousness of the philosophical lessons, the plain and workmanlike prose which manages to deliver Western philosophy in accounts that are crystal clear. It is heartening to know that a book subtitled 'A Novel About the History of Philosophy' was not only a bestseller in France, but for a while was Europe's hottest novel." The Washington Post Book World
  • "A rare bird indeed, a short history of Western philosophical thought from Socrates to Sartre, coyly embedded in the wrapping of a suspense novel." New York Newsday
  • "A simply wonderful, irresistible book... a cross between Bertrand Russell's History of Western Philosophy and Alice in Wonderland." The Daily Telegraph
  • "An exciting trek into the realm of thought, from the ancient philosophers' school of Athens to the Konigsberg of Kant... and a brilliant success." Der Spiegel
  • "Intelligently written... an enchanting way to learn philosophy." Baton Rouge Magazine
  • "Just as remarkable for its playful premise as it is for its accessibility... The essential charm of Sophie's World lies in the innocent curiosity of the young character, and the clever narrative structure Gaarder designed to pique it." Columbus Dispatch
  • "An extraordinary writer." Madeleine L'Engle
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Sophie's World (1996)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Berkley Books
ISBN: 0425152251
Dimensions: 4.2 x 6.4 x 1.8
Pages: 523

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