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Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder
  

Sophie's World

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Ex-philosophy teacher Jostein Gaarder & Albert Knos stimulate 15 year old Sophieto ask those fundamental questions which have exercised the imaginations of Children Philosophers since the dawn of civilisation.

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Synopsis

Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder

Sophie finds two questions in her mailbox: "Who are you?" and "Where does the world come from?" This is the start of her journey through the history of philosophy, guided by a mysterious mentor. To find the truth, we must understand the questions, but the truth is stranger than Sophie can imagine.

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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
Fourteen-year-old Sophie Amundsen finds two questions in her mailbox: 'Who are you?
and

'Where does the world come from?'. This lights a blaze of curiosity in her brain. She soon becomes involved in a tour through Western philosophy guided by a mysterious mentor, Alberto Knox. Originally intending to write a school book for young people, Norwegian philosophy teacher Jostein Gaarder found himself creating a fantasy whereby Sophie and Alberto begin to doubt their own material existence. Why does Sophie receive letters addressed to a girl called Hilde? Woven into an admirably accessible short history of Western philosophy is a mystery story about Sophie, a lively schoolgirl and Hilde, her alter ego. The result is a remarkable book with overtones of Lewis Carroll and Tom Stoppard, which headed bestseller lists around the world. (Kirkus UK)'


About the Author

Jostein Gaarder is the author of SOPHIE'S WORLD, a huge bestseller in over 40 countries. He was born in Oslo in 1952 and lives there now with his wife and two sons.

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Book Info

Publication date

4th March 1996

Author

Jostein Gaarder

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Publisher

Orion Publishing Co

Format

Paperback
448 pages
Interest Age: From 10 To 99

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781857992915

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