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Language English
Contributor(s) Jostein Gaarder
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Overview: Sophie's World

Sophie's World is for lovers of philosophy. It entails the prevalence of the philosophy of life which undergoes changes with the onset of a new generation. The book enlightens readers upon different schools of thoughts.

A book that makes you think

Authored by Jostein Gaarder, the book chronicles the life of a young girl. She receives unsolicited letters from a person unknown to her. Through these letters she learns life's philosophies. The book was published in 1991 in the Norwegian language. The book is available in 50 languages and has also inspired a Norwegian film, television program and a computer game!

The story

It all starts when Sophie Amundsen, a 14 year old school going girl, comes back from school. She finds letters in her mailbox. There is no indication of the sender of the letter. The two letters are of different titles - Who are you? And where does the world come from? Following this is a series of letters. The letters depict life's existent philosophies. Sophie continues to receive and read these letters. She is oblivious of who sends them.

Different schools of thought

The letters essay different philosophical orientations from a genre of thinkers. Sophie reads about Plato and Socrates and their take on life. She is exposed to western schools of thought from great thinkers. The letters depict the philosophies that emerge from different eras in history including the Renaissance, Baroque, and Enlightenment eras. The story depicted in these letters is full of suspense. It is intriguing and profound. Importantly, the book is beautifully written. The plot is amazing - true to its stature as a bestseller in Norway and several parts of the world.

About the author

The author Jostein Gaarder was born in 1952 at Oslo, Norway. Her works have pungent inclinations towards metaphysics and philosophy. She is renowned for her works The Solitaire Mystery and Checkmate. Apart from a full-time writing profession, she is involved in social activities. She works for human rights through non-governmental organizations. This paperback book can be ordered online with the ISBN number 10 of 1857992911 and ISBN number 13 of 978-1857992915. Order online your copy and start reading.

Features: Sophie's World

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Product Details
Language English
Publication Date October 5, 2000
Publisher Orion Publishing Group
Contributor(s) Jostein Gaarder
Binding Paperback
Edition 1996
Page Count 448
ISBN 10 9781857992915
ISBN 13 9781857992915
Dimensions and Weight
Product Weight 375 grams
Product Dimensions 13.4 cm x 3 cm x 19.8 cm
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  1. 3 of 3 people found this review helpful
     Great introductory text to philosophy 31 July, 2013 On
    Sophie world does best what it intends to do - introduce the reader to the world of philosophy. Written in a narrative format, it presents the history of philosophy in an easy to understand and lucid manner. Touches upon numerous philosophers since the likes of Descartes and compares conflicting opinions. Great read if you are a beginner in the world of philosophy, but probably too simplistic if you have read other books. I read it when I was 17 and loved it!
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