"A masterpiece, [which leaves] more conventional treatments of the Holocaust, such as Schindler's List
, looking obtuse and sentimental" (The Times
"William Styron's Sophie's Choice
is a landmark of mid-20th-century American fiction - an impressively fat novel that most literate Americans claim to have read even if they haven't" (Sunday Telegraph
"A compassionate, brilliantly written novel" (The Times
"A weighty, passionate novel . . . courageous [and] masterly" (NY Times
"Styron is a writer's writer, capable of setting a pastoral idyll in Brooklyn, and the traumas narrated occur alongside a classic American coming-of-age story" (Xan Brooks Guardian, 1000 novels everyone must read
The movie was Oscar-nominated and the book was banned in libraries across the States. This heartbreaking, compassionate and controversial novel interweaves themes of survivor guilt, madness and betrayal.