Sophie's World

Sophie's World

One day fourteen-year-old Sophie Amundsen comes home from school to find in her mailbox two notes, with one question on each: "Who are you?" and "Where does the world come from?" From that irresistible beginning, Sophie becomes obsessed with questions that take her far beyond what she knows of her Norwegian village. Through those letters, she enrolls in a kind of correspon One day fourteen-year-old Sophie Amundsen comes home from school to find in her mailbox two notes, with one question on e...

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Title:Sophie's World
Author:Jostein Gaarder
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Genres:Philosophy
ISBN:Sofies verden: roman om filosofiens historie
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:403 pages pages

Sophie's World Reviews

  • Beth
    Jul 11, 2007
    I was a philosophy major in school and *everybody* would ask if I had read Sophie's World. "What an amazing book!" they would gush. "You'll love it!" So I bought it. Purchased the book, let it simmer on my shelf for awhile, and finally picked it up a few years ago to give it a go. ...
  • Kenghis Khan
    Jul 25, 2007
    Marx accused philosophers of describing the world and failing to change it. One of the extremely innovatinve aspects of this book is the author's ability to demonstrate how the world would be if philosophers did indeed change it. Bizarre though Berkeley, Hegel and Leibniz may seem to u...
  • Diane
    Aug 15, 2007
    This is a novel that I remember zipping through and highly enjoying the first time I read it 20 years ago. When I decided to reread it, in part because of all the philosophical discussions on the excellent show "The Good Place," I was surprised by how much longer it took me to finish a...
  • Rebecca
    Dec 27, 2007
    The two things this book has going for it are: the plot and narrative frame are original and creative, and the story is more informative than most. The basic premise is that a 14-year-old Norwegian girl embarks on a correspondence course with a philosopher, and he teaches her the m...
  • Karen
    Aug 30, 2007
    What went right in the beginning of with Sophie's World? And what caused it to plunge so grievously, groan-inducingly wrong? As a colleague commented to me, it's not often that we make it all the way through books that turn us off so dramatically. True. However, it's also unusual that ...
  • Paul Bryant
    Oct 09, 2007
    My dear Sophie, there comes a time when you have to face some harsh truths about this wicked world. And I think that time is now. Some people, and it pains me to say this, are not what they seem. I'm sorry to have to tell you this, but that breezy scoutmaster, that avuncular English te...
  • Bader
    Nov 05, 2007
    Have you ever got from your friend that notebook that you like to read or study from? Have you ever said thing such: ?OMG, He got the professor?s idea and wrote it very well? or thing such: ?great summary you did for these lessons, may you give it to me to copy it?. Jostein G...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    Apr 28, 2008
    Sofies Verden = Sophie's World, Jostein Gaarder Sophie's World (Norwegian: Sofies verden) is a 1991 novel by Norwegian writer Jostein Gaarder. It follows the events of Sophie Amundsen, a teenage girl living in Norway, and Alberto Knox, a middle-aged philosopher who introduces her to ...
  • Toby
    May 07, 2008
    It took me two months to get through this 500-page book. I can rationalize the reasons thusly: ? I was busy. ? I took time to absorb the content of the book. Instead of rushing through it, I let each chapter sink in before I moved on. But that?s, you know, rationalizing....
  • David Monroe
    Jun 08, 2008
    I enjoyed the book immensely. I studied basic philosophy in college so I soon became aware that many philosophers were left out and whole era's were glossed over in this book. You know, that's OK. One - It's not a text book and two - It's NOT a text book! The stories are separate an...
  • Karl-O
    Oct 09, 2011
    Sophie?s World is an outline of Western philosophy that is beautifully set in a fictional story. It goes from pre-Socratic philosophy all the way to Sartre. Jostein Gaarder does a very good job not just by writing a concise history of philosophy, but also by writing a very access...
  • Manny
    Jul 19, 2014
    Basically, Russell's History of Western Philosophy adapted as a postmodern Norwegian YA novel. Or if you want more details: (view spoiler)["Where are we?" asked Sofie. "I don't understand. We aren't in my world any more. Or in Hilde's world. So..." Alberto sighed. "It is clear," ...
  • Manny
    Mar 17, 2016
    I read Sophie's World in Norwegian last year and quite liked it. Now my inner German child, who's decided he's called "Manfred", has read it too. He tells me it just blew him away and he'll write a review so that all my friends on Goodreads will know how fantastic it is. "You can't ...
  • K.D. Absolutely
    May 06, 2009
    This is a truly one of the most amazing books that I read so far! After reading a few pages in 2007, I got really busy at work so this got sidelined. When I got interested on reading again a few months back and last weekend I resumed reading this, I just could not put this down and fin...
  • Emily May
    Mar 31, 2011
    It was okay. But I was hoping for a beautiful and engaging tale that took away the usual textbook format of reading about philosophy. It didn't happen. This book was nothing more than a lesson in letters and conversations, and I found the style didn't add anything exciting which I'm ...
  • Nandakishore Varma
    May 02, 2012
    Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder is an ambitious project which falls flat - in my opinion, of course. It is a very good introduction to European philosophy, with a few casual references to Eastern thought thrown in for the sake of comparison. Starting with Pre-Socratics, it provide...
  • Luffy
    Mar 17, 2017
    This has been an upsetting reread because I've found that though the book is a quiet entity on its own and in the mind of its readers, I was left hungry for more, but I was also balanced. For years after I read this book, which changed my life for the better, I thought it was the best ...
  • Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
    May 21, 2016
    If you are assigned this in a philo course, demand your money back. If you are reading this on your own, know that you are being lied to. Stand up for yourself. Refuse to be intellectually insulted. You'll come closer to real philosophical thought in a late=night bullshit se...
  • Emad Attili
    Oct 27, 2012
    I read this book a long time ago, and I really liked it. It's very powerful and attractive. It gave me a general idea of philosophy (it's worth mentioning that it was the first book I read about philosophy). I read it in Arabic and English, and I enjoyed them both:) I recommend ...
  • Kaya
    Jun 09, 2017
    ?It's not a silly question if you can't answer it.? It?s refreshing when my expectations are met. Though this book is mostly for those who haven?t met with the philosophy yet, it was a nice reminder of everything I studied at University. Since he?s one of my favorite aut...
  • Ahmad  Ebaid
    May 16, 2014
    I have started reading the English translation then I compared it to two other Arabic ones, and that was confusing as GOD, then I scheduled it again and again ???? ??????? ?? ???? ??????? ?????????? ??? ????? ???? ??? ??????? ?...
  • Ko
    Nov 18, 2013
    It was a good chance for me to know about the basic philosophy. I've never thought about what we are, why we are living in this world. Especially, I got interested in Plato's philosophy. We tend to be inside the box like the people living inside the cave described in this story. They d...
  • Michelle Curie
    Jun 20, 2016
    "Wasn?t it extraordinary to be in the world right now, wandering around in a wonderful adventure!" This is a book I have vivid memories seeing in my parents' bookshelf as I was growing up. I remember the copy they had, with its starry skied background and the dimly lit planet Ea...
  • Sohaib
    Sep 23, 2016
    ?You?d better hurry up and cut the umbilical cord to your mortal progenitor. We no longer need their world.? Here is what I think: this is probably the simplest yet most comprehensive book about the history of philosophy. Certainly, it will keep you reading. Sophie's World tel...
  • AMEERA
    Feb 27, 2018
    I really liked the idea of this book and has such a beautiful informations about everything but was boring to death and the same informations repeat them self ?!!! ...
  • Rebecca McNutt
    Aug 24, 2017
    At times a little dull-paced but overall very well-written and engaging, Sophie's World is an eye-opening classic with powerful themes. ...
  • Annie
    Jul 01, 2018
    An interesting little metafiction? at times, meta-metafiction? for aspiring baby philosophers. A digestible, sweet narrative of the history of philosophy that, like many actual philosophers, employs dialogues to explain ideas. At times, it?s pretty adorable, and I wish I?d ...
  • Corinne
    Aug 28, 2015
    I read this book when I was twenty, and then I read it again recently on a business trip. What's great about this book is that the author takes the prominent Philosophers from the West, and renders their essences into a form digestible by the larger public. In fact, he wrote this b...
  • Mayy Wilde-Shakespeare
    Apr 22, 2019
    "It's not a silly question if you can't answer it. " This book is packed with thought-provoking quotes as the one above, and that?s what this book is 'thought-provoking'. I?ve never read a book that fucked with my mind so much that I couldn?t read more than 20 pages at a time ...
  • Mohammad Ranjbari
    Jun 05, 2017
    I do not think I wrote a novel based on the teachings of education and called the name of her novel But the novel was able to maintain his side's novel. Particularly in the imagery and narrative coherence, was acceptable I recommend reading this book to teenagers ????????...