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Sophie’s World : A Novel About the History of Philosophy by Jostein Gaarder

Sophie’s World is designed to introduce young (and not so young) adults into the world of Socrates, Descartes, Spinoza, Hegel and all the great philosophers through the story of 14-year-old Sophie who encounters a mysterious mentor ; Alberto Knox. As he introduces her to philosophy, mysteries deepen in her own life. Why does she keep getting postcards addressed to another girl? Who is the other girl? And who, for that matter, is Sophie herself?


I think that Sophie’s World is an interesting, quirky story that holds a lot of information and depth and is a springboard for raising many questions about the meaning of life and the origin of the universe.


Written in 1991 , it was translated into English in 1995, and by 2011 the novel had been translated into 59 languages, with over 40 million print copies.


It has also been adapted into a film (1999) an English subtitled DVD (2005) and is available as an audio book and a PC game!



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