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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: W&N; New Ed edition (1 Sept. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1858815304
  • ISBN-13: 978-1858815305
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 3.7 x 17.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (226 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 202,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jostein Gaarder was born in Oslo in 1952. A former Professor of Philosophy, he now writes full time.

Following the phenomenal success of Sophie's World - which has been translated into 55 languages and sold over 30 million copies worldwide - ten of his novels have been translated into English, including The Solitaire Mystery, Vita Brevis and The Orange Girl.

He lives in Oslo with his wife, and has two grown-up sons.

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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" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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A rollercoaster ride through the history of philosophy - and a huge bestseller.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Cem Tanova on 11 Sept. 2009
Format: Paperback
This is a book to teach young adults about philosophy and ideas that have influenced the world. 15 year old Sophie starts to receive messages that ask her to think about who she is and where the world comes from. Then Alberto Knox sends her lessons about philosophers' attempts to ask and answer philosophical questions. The lessons cover highlights of 2000 years of philosophical thought. She also begins to receive some postcards from a UN observer in Lebanon. The philosophy lessons are made interesting by the story of Sophie trying to figure out why she is receiving the lessons and the postcards. This book is not only a great introduction to philosophy for young adults but would be a fascinating read for everyone who heard about different philosophers' ideas throughout their lives but never really got around to reading about philosophy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. B. Alcat on 17 July 2004
Format: Paperback
Do you want to know more about the History of Philosophy, but don't feel like studying?. This might be the solution for you !!!.
In "Sophie's World" you will find an interesting novel, intertwined almost seamlessly with the History of Philosohy. Is that possible?. For Jostein Gaarder, yes. This former philosophy teacher, born in 1952 in Oslo (Norway), reached success with this book, which has managed to attract even those not commonly interested in Philosophy and also, somehow, to become part of the bibliography of many undergraduate philosophy courses.
The plot of the book is rather simple. It centers on Sophie Amundsen, a fourteen year old girl approaching her fifteen birthday, who one day begins to receive letters from someone she doesn't know. In those letters, her unknown correspondent begins to tell her about the History of Philosophy, the subject he studies. Sophie's goes on receiving those letters throughout the novel, and they become an essential part of the plot, which is a mystery with unexpected turnarounds.
I would like to point out that I noticed a change in Sophie's attitude towards the world and what was happening around her, as the novel is nearer to its end. After learning in those letters about the History of Philosophy (that could also be called the History of Thought), she starts to think in a different, more analytical way. In my opinion, the reader suffers the same process that changes Sophie, and that is not a bad thing at all.
It is important to remark upon the fact that the letters that Sophie's correspondent sends her are written in a clear way, so that she (a teenager) would be able to understand them.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. P. Smith on 27 Nov. 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is rather a dual book, on the one hands its very good 'history of philosophy' and other it's 'Sophie's Worlds: A Novel'. The first aspect of the book is very well presented and the author has a very effective way of the presenting complex concepts in an understandable and engaging way. The novel aspect of the book is very bland and I found myself skimming the some of the story parts as I got towards the end of book.

I was also left a little battled by what the 'philosophy teachers' take on spirituality actually was. The teacher explains that philosophers such as Plato have believed that a spirit level exists and our physical plane is in fact a reflection of that level. Later in the teacher explains that the new wave of interest in spirituality and 'supernatural' is nothing but 'humbug'. Seems a rather closed minded for a philosopher teacher.

Saying this its well worth a read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lee Mcandrew on 19 Feb. 2009
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With a book like this, it's important to know what kind of book it is before you read it. First and foremost this is an educational book, in which the lessons are faciltated by means of a story, so if it's light fiction your after then this isn't the book for you. This may sound obvious to most people, but I know a couple of people who bought this book not realising this. As for me I knew what I was buying beforehand (indeed I deliberately bought it to be educated) and therefore got a lot out of it. As far as I'm concerned this book more than achieves it's goal in teaching what can be a complex subject in a relatively understandable way. My only gripe about this book is that sometimes Sophie's dialogue (both in her conversations with the people around her and in her internal thought process) can feel a bit contrived and, for me at least, slightly irritating. Again though let us remember that this is an educational book and should be judged mainly on that basis. That being said though, one clever aspect of the story writing in this book is that early on in the story there are a number of questions relating to the plot that are answered later in ways you weren't really expecting at all.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Williams on 7 Dec. 2007
Format: Paperback
I can't recommend this book enough. It isn't just a journey through Western philosophy - it is a story which encourages you to think about your reality and your life from angles you may never have looked before. Delivered through the medium of Alberto Knox - an enigmatic philosophy teacher who arrives in the life of Sophie in a mysterious letter, the book gives rise to a completely different view of reality.

It follows the story of Sophie and Hilde. As stranger and stranger things begin to happen in Sophie's world, it becomes a confusing question of what is going on. Alberto finally covers the philosophy of Berkeley, who posited that the world was nothing more than a figment of the mind of God, and then Sophie's world is turned upside down.

I sat thinking about the book long after I had finished it, contemplating the universe, and my reality and my life. It was like I was given the chance to look at in anew, through different philosophies I had not considered before. It was an incredible experience and one I would recommend to anyone who enjoys thinking.
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