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Sophie's World

A Novel About the History of Philosophy

Jostein Gaarder; Translated by Paulette Møller

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A page-turning novel that is also an exploration of the great philosophical concepts of Western thought, Sophie's World has fired the imagination of readers all over the world, with more than twenty million copies in print.

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 irresistible 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 philosophy she is learning--but the truth turns out to be far more complicated than she could have imagined.

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The Garden of Eden  . . . at some point something must have come from nothing . . . Sophie Amundsen was on her way home from school. She had walked the first part of the way with Joanna. They had been discussing robots. Joanna thought the human brain was like an advanced computer. Sophie was not certain she agreed. Surely a person was more than a piece of hardware? When they got to the supermarket they went their separate ways. Sophie lived on the outskirts of a sprawling suburb and had almost twice as far to go to school as Joanna. There were no other houses beyond her
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    Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Jostein Gaarder's novel Sophie's World. 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 strange—but irresistible—beginning, Sophie becomes obsessed with these and other questions that explore matters both small and large, some that take her mind far beyond what she knows of her family and life in her Norwegian village.

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Praise for Sophie's World

“First, think a beginner’s guide to philosophy . . . 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] tour de force.” —Time
 
"This book contains a novel mantra for those days when the world gets in your face."—Entertainment Weekly
 
“Extraordinary…read it for yourself.”—Newsweek
 
“A simply wonderful, irresistible book...a cross between Bertrand Russell’s History of Western Philosophy and Alice in Wonderland.”—Daily Telegraph
 
Sophie’s World is sheer delight. How I wish I’d had it during my college freshman survey of philosophy!”—Madeleine L’Engle
“First, think a beginner’s guide to philosophy . . . 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] tour de force.” —Time
 
"This book contains a novel mantra for those days when the world gets in your face."—Entertainment Weekly
 
“Extraordinary…read it for yourself.”—Newsweek
 
“A simply wonderful, irresistible book...a cross between Bertrand Russell’s History of Western Philosophy and Alice in Wonderland.”—Daily Telegraph
 
Sophie’s World is sheer delight. How I wish I’d had it during my college freshman survey of philosophy!”—Madeleine L’Engle

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Jostein Gaarder; Translated by Paulette Møller

  • Jostein Gaarder was born in Oslo, Norway, in 1952. He taught high-school philosophy for several years before publishing a collection of short stories in 1986 and, shortly thereafter, his first two novels, The Solitaire Mystery and Sophie’s World, and several others since then. He lives in Oslo with his family.
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Sophie's World

A Novel About the History of Philosophy

Jostein Gaarder; Translated by Paulette Møller

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