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Sophie's World - Jostein Gaarder - Bogormen
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Sophie's World - Jostein Gaarder
Title: Sophie's World
Author: Jostein Gaarder
Genre: Philosophy, YA
Rating: 3/5
# pages: 530
Date read: April, 2010

Wanting to understand the most fundamental questions of the universe isn't the province of ivory-tower intellectuals alone. A young girl, Sophie, becomes embroiled in a discussion of philosophy with a faceless correspondent. At the same time, she must unravel a mystery involving another young girl, Hilde, by using everything she's learning. The truth is far more complicated than she could ever have imagined.

I am absolutely serious in labelling this YA. It came as a surprise to me, as I had definitely previously thought it was aimed at adults, but on this third reread, I discovered that the writing style is much more that of an YA novel, than that of an 'adult' novel. Truth be told, I wasn't too impressed by the writing style, and did not enjoy it nearly as much, as I had when I read it as a teen.

This is the third time I've read "Sophie's World". I first attempted it when I was 14/15 because my principal had told my class that we were too young for it, and I wanted to prove him wrong! ;) I won't say that he didn't turn out to be right after all, but I got through it, and was very proud of myself when adults were amazed that I'd finished it. I started skimming through it a couple of years later, just intending to read the Sophie parts of the story, but got sucked in and couldn't put it down. Since then, I've been meaning to reread it, to see what I'd think of it at the ripe old age of 30, and finally got around to do so over Easter. I'm no longer entirely sure what I think of it though. As mentioned above, I wasn't too impressed by the writing style, and I'm not too sure about the plot either. Why did Jostein Gaarder write a novel rather than a non-fictional book about philosophy? Simply to make it more accessible to your average readers? I'd like to believe that the philosophy course is pretty accurate, but don't know enough about philosophy, to know whether or not Gaarder did proper research. But what does Darwin have to do in a book about philosophy? Wasn't he a scientist more than anything else?

I still do think it's an interesting introduction to philosophy, but that's pretty much the only reason anybody should read this. The plot is practically non-existant, and it definitely reads more like a non-fiction than like a novel, making it rather heavy to get through (not text-book heavy, fortunately - or I'd never gotten through it ;) - just heavy for a novel).

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