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Sophie's World (1 Viewer)

lisajane

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Sophie's World is my dad's most favourite novel.

I've tried to read it so many times, but I have to put it down at about the half-way mark because it just goes on too deeply into philosophy, and I perferred actual story with Sophie.

It's been quite some time since I've read it. Sophie's World, in summary, is a Norweigan novel by Jostein Gaarder in which Sophie meets an old philosopher, Alberto, who lives in the words, and teaches Sophie about the history of philosophy. The Sophie's World that most of us would read is very Americanised (it's adapated rather than translated), and other versions of the origianally Norwegian book Sofies verden are much closer to the actual orignal, such as Le Monde de Sophie.

Sorry about my typing today, I can't seem to spell :p
 
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I loved this book, it is one of my favorite books of all time, ever.

It was sooo well written and I have quite a short attention span but it kept me glued til the end.

Very imaganative.
 

blademasterzzz

Senior Member
I don't know about americanized, because I read it in german when I was 12, and the translation was excellent.

But I read it now every two years, and I always find something new in it to think about. It is just so well written, with amazing ideas in it.

I recommend it to anyone.
 
This was a page-turner. At first it's like a novel about the history of philosophy but then like halfway there's a twist and guess what, the main character, Sophie, is supposedly in a book within a book! I loved this book and I would recommend this book to anyone!
 

blademasterzzz

Senior Member
uhm, blade, how many languages do you know?

:D Lol. I travelled a lot, living 9 years in Russia, then another 4 in Switzerland, then in Sydney.

So... Lemme see, I can speak Russian, German, English, Swiss-german (A dialect), and finally I learned French quite some time ago, but I'm hope less at it.

There! I am a super-nerd! :twisted:
 
blademasterzzz said:
uhm, blade, how many languages do you know?

:D Lol. I travelled a lot, living 9 years in Russia, then another 4 in Switzerland, then in Sydney.

So... Lemme see, I can speak Russian, German, English, Swiss-german (A dialect), and finally I learned French quite some time ago, but I'm hope less at it.

There! I am a super-nerd! :twisted:
5 languages! That's super! Je etudie francais aussi. Je parle un petit peu francais. Just out of curiosity(sorry I don't know how to say this in french)Vous aimez lirer beaucoup?
 

blademasterzzz

Senior Member
Got everything except the last part. What do I like? Lirer - is that reading?

And it's four languages. As I said, I can barely understand written french, much less spoken French.

I think speaking a language is the only way to learn it. And I never spoke French anywhere other than in the french class. :roll:
 
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I love this book as well. It made me think a lot and it's really one of those books that truly enlightens you. Great stuff, although it can get a little heavy going with all the intrinsic history of philosophy involved.
 
Yay! People who have actually heard of Sophie's World. Wow, I'm really excited!!!!!!!!!

I received this book for Christmas two years ago, and I absolutely loved it. I asked for philosophical texts, and my sister found this and I just ate it up.

The one thing that sort of ruined it for me though was that Gaarder came to the climax too soon. I would've loved to have gone through the entire book before knowing what was really going on, but that's just me.
 
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