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Not really a novel,
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This review is from: Sophie's World: A Novel About the History of Philosophy (Paperback)
I don't quite understand how this became the hugely successful world-wide bestseller that it did. What you get is a series of essays on the history of philosophy (which are well enough done) strung out along a rather over-stretched plot-line. The story of Sophie, and the clever narrative tricks that Gaardner uses to jazz it up didn't compel me. Part of the problem is Sophie herself, who I found one dimensional and barely credible. I realize of course that there will be thousands of you out there in Amazon-land who will say they know or are a Spohie. In that case, I probably should get out more, but having spent a lot of time in this Sophie's company, I'm not sure I want to meet too many more. Having said this, the philosophy is well-explained, and I found this a good introduction to the ideas.