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Sophie's World: A Novel about the History of Philosophy

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

I could read it again and again..

The author knows just how to take the reader into these worlds within worlds and places you inside of each character where you feel every piece of the story as if you were living it yourself. I recommend this book to everyone.

posted by Anonymous on August 31, 2008

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1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Just Another School Book

I started this book a few days ago and it feels more like a textbook for Philosophy rather than an actual novel. As if I want to read about Philosophy embedded in a story... No, it's pretty much the whole story. I feel like I'm in school again. Don't buy this book, s'il...
I started this book a few days ago and it feels more like a textbook for Philosophy rather than an actual novel. As if I want to read about Philosophy embedded in a story... No, it's pretty much the whole story. I feel like I'm in school again. Don't buy this book, s'il vous plait.

posted by Paige-Face on December 19, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2009

    yawn

    honestly, this book was a huge bore. i couldn't wait until it was over.
    the premise seemed really cool when i read the back but it was a total dissapointment. if you absolutely must read it, get it out of the library. it's not worth the money.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2003

    Riiiiiiiiiiiiight

    I had to read this book my freshman year of high school for my AP World History class and it was one of the most confusing books I have ever read. I think that the philosophy part and Sophie part should be separated because together they create a very confusing book. What is with the ending...Winne the Pooh ?? I definetly didnt get that. But the information on the philosophers was very helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2003

    good and bad

    the story started off well, with the exception that at this point in time a mysterious man sending a young teenage girl notes and letters is more likely to be a pedophile than a philosophy teacher. also i have no idea how on earth this 14/15 year old girl could understand all of he information she was getting. but set aside the story was interesting and the philosophy part was interesting and it got me thinking.then about 2/3 of the way through the book it just got absured. mystical creatures running through the woods? its just not my thing. while i did enjoy some of the philosophy it seemed to drag on in places and i lost focus. also the book itself was long and drawn out and i kept wondering when it was going to end. overall unless your very imaginative and enjoy philosophy i suggest you steer clear of the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2000

    A textbook read.

    I picked up 'Sophie's World' at the wrong time. Between school and a busy homelife, I needed some quick reading and this certainly wasn't light reading! The history of philosophy is, of course, very detailed. Jostein Gaarder has written an in-depth, fascinating book, but unfortunatelly, one has to be in a specific state of mind to be able to follow along, and come away from this wonderful literary experience with everything the author intended. So, to recap, great book, but only pick it up if you have the time and interest in being completely absorbed in the very detailed, and often dry, history of philosophy and the world in general. Not unlike reading a textbook -- fascinating, but often boring.

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    Posted August 30, 2009

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