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One fine day, upon returning from school, the 14 year old Sophie Amundsen is greeted by 2 peculiar notes in her mailbox. While one of the notes simply reads 'Who are you?', the other inquires 'Where does the world come from?'. What follows these existential questions is an essay on philosophy, and then these letters only keep increasing in frequency. Utterly clueless of who might be writing to her at such lengths and also taken by a strange sense of curiosity, Sophie plays along, reading up on what almost seems to be a course on the history of philosophy. Mid-way through the string of anonymous letters, the writer decides to reveal his identity to Sophie, and introduces himself as Alberto Knox, a middle aged teacher and philosopher. As the pedagogy continues to enrich Sophie's knowledge in philosophy, Gaarder weaves a magical parallel world where she sees herself emerge into a whole new person. Alongside this high browed storyline, Sophie also starts receiving postcards addressed to a girl named Hilde Knag. The book then takes readers on a gripping ride as Sophie and Alberto set out to find more about Hilde as well as Albert Knag, the sender of the postcards. And the novel only gets more intense and psychedelic as Sophie's world becomes increasingly intertwined with that of Hilde's. In a piece that redefined literature for young adults, Knox imparts doctrines of the likes of Socrates, Plato, Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre to Sophie. He leaves no stone unturned as he covers ideologies of all western thought genres including the Hellenistic and Ancient Greek Civilizations, the ages of Renaissance and Baroque, and even the Romantic and Enlightenment periods. Originally written in Norwegian, Sophie's World was first published in 1991 and became an instant bestseller in Norway. It has, since then been translated to over 50 languages across the world and has sold about thirty million copies. Winner of several awards, the novel has also inspired a Norwegian movie, a TV series and a computer game.

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One fine day, upon returning from school, the 14 year old Sophie Amundsen is greeted by 2 peculiar notes in her mailbox. While one of the notes simply reads 'Who are you?', the other inquires 'Where does the world come from?'. What follows these existential questions is an essay on philosophy, and then these letters only keep increasing in frequency. Utterly clueless of who might be writing to her at such lengths and also taken by a strange sense of curiosity, Sophie plays along, reading up on what almost seems to be a course on the history of philosophy. Mid-way through the string of anonymous letters, the writer decides to reveal his identity to Sophie, and introduces himself as Alberto Knox, a middle aged teacher and philosopher. As the pedagogy continues to enrich Sophie's knowledge in philosophy, Gaarder weaves a magical parallel world where she sees herself emerge into a whole new person. Alongside this high browed storyline, Sophie also starts receiving postcards addressed to a girl named Hilde Knag. The book then takes readers on a gripping ride as Sophie and Alberto set out to find more about Hilde as well as Albert Knag, the sender of the postcards. And the novel only gets more intense and psychedelic as Sophie's world becomes increasingly intertwined with that of Hilde's. In a piece that redefined literature for young adults, Knox imparts doctrines of the likes of Socrates, Plato, Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre to Sophie. He leaves no stone unturned as he covers ideologies of all western thought genres including the Hellenistic and Ancient Greek Civilizations, the ages of Renaissance and Baroque, and even the Romantic and Enlightenment periods. Originally written in Norwegian, Sophie's World was first published in 1991 and became an instant bestseller in Norway. It has, since then been translated to over 50 languages across the world and has sold about thirty million copies. Winner of several awards, the novel has also inspired a Norwegian movie, a TV series and a computer game.
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Title Sophies World Height 20
Jostein Gaarder, Paulette Møller Width 13.3
ISBN-13 9781857992915 Binding Paperback
ISBN-10 1857992911 Spine Width
Publisher Phoenix Pages 436
Edition Availability In Stock

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