If I have to choose only one book to reread for the next holiday, I will choose this one without hesitation. Sophie’s World has become one of my best purchase this year.
I didn’t thought I’d be this hooked, surely. It was a beautiful book with equally beautiful cover, but the contents blew my expectations out of the water…in a very good way.
15 years old Sophie Amundsen led a perfectly normal life until a month before her birthday, when she started getting postcards and packages asking her the most profound things in the world. Soon she discovered that things might not be as simple as she thought. Everything came into being for a reason and she was just about to embark on a journey to find hers.
The book is part textbook and part novel. Don’t get me wrong. The textbook part IS a textbook, I’m not denying that. To some , this may sound like the part of boring schooldays one might not want to experience again, but to me at least, it is fascinating. The main storyline gets a little wacky near the end, but for the most part ties nicely with the context. I think Sophie grasps the materials far too quickly, but that’s a point I’m willing to forgive.
You’ll see what sets this book apart from any other novels right from the very beginning. There is a table of contents, briefly summarizing the philosophical discussion contained in each chapter. There is an index at the end, even. At this point you may have concluded whether this book is for you or not.
Regarding the academic contents, I would say this serve as a good food of thought. Not exactly heavy handed, but certainly gives you a lot to think about. Many reviews I found floating around called disappointment because the book skips over many great philosophers at the end of the 19th century-20th century, which is kind of a shame because well, for one to expect a novel (yes, this is a novel, after all) to be an all-encompassing encapsulation of college history course is delusional, regardless of the reviews on the book’s jacket might lead you to believe. Those who have read this can’t go around flaunting they newfound ‘-in-depth’ knowledge on philosophy either, because there is still a lot of aspect in the history of philosophy not covered by the book. It’s simply something enjoyable to give you a bit of time to reflect about yourself, your mind, and the world, and perhaps tease you to delve into this engaging field. This is an introduction, folks.
Another bonus: I’ve compiled a nice list of titles to read from books mentioned in Sophie’s World. May be a long time until I find them all, but no hurry.
Now, let me once again retreat to my quiet sanctuary, that little space in my mind…