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Sophie's world: a novel about the history of philosophy (Berkeley Signature Edition)
by Jostein Gaarder | Philosophy
Registered by leeny37 of Melbourne, Victoria Australia on 7/26/2008
Average 7 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by tantan): to be read


3 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by leeny37 from Melbourne, Victoria Australia on Saturday, July 26, 2008

This book has not been rated.

Purchased cheap from a library book sale.

From Amazon.com:
This long, dense novel, a bestseller in the author's native Norway, offers a summary history of philosophy embedded in a philosophical mystery disguised as a children's book -- but only sophisticated young adults would be remotely interested. Sophie Amundsen is about to turn 15 when she receives a letter from one Alberto Knox, a philosopher who undertakes to educate her in his craft. Sections in which we read the text of Knox's lessons to Sophie about the pre-Socratics, Plato and St. Augustine alternate with those in which we find out about Sophie's life with her well-meaning mother. Soon, though, Sophie begins receiving other, stranger missives addressed to one Hilde Moller Knag from her absent father, Albert. As Alberto Knox's lessons approach this century, he and Sophie come to suspect that they are merely characters in a novel written by Albert for his daughter. Teacher and pupil hatch a plot to understand and possibly escape from their situation; and from there, matters get only weirder. Norwegian philosophy professor Gaarder's notion of making a history of philosophy accessible is a good one. Unfortunately, it's occasionally undermined by the dry language he uses to describe the works of various thinkers and by an idiosyncratic bias that gives one paragraph to Nietzsche but dozens to Sartre, breezing right by Wittgenstein and the most influential philosophy of this century, logical positivism. Many readers, regardless of their age, may be tempted to skip over the lessons, which aren't well integrated with the more interesting and unusual metafictional story line. 


Journal Entry 2 by leeny37 from Melbourne, Victoria Australia on Saturday, December 06, 2008

8 out of 10

Okay, so I'm gonna cheat a little and include this one to accompany Duma Key, a bookring-plus. I may not have personally rated it but my husband had read and FINISHED it a while ago, which is bloody impressive for him because he doesn't read (flipping through magazines doesn't count!). This is the copy he read and I have another on my shelf waiting for me to give this book another go. He had rated this 7.5 so it qualifies!

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Journal Entry 3 by leeny37 at Forest Hill, Victoria Australia on Saturday, December 06, 2008

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Released 8 yrs ago (12/7/2008 UTC) at Forest Hill, Victoria Australia

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Mailing off to fairy-whispers to accompany a bookring-plus book. This has been posted in a prepaid Express Post satchel, tracking #: SV0253552. 


Journal Entry 4 by seldombites from Cambridge Park, New South Wales Australia on Wednesday, December 10, 2008

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G'day,

Just checking in to let you know I am safe and sound. I am having a nice visit with fairy-whispers before continuing on my travels. I hope you’re having as much fun as I am!

With Great Affection,

Your Book :-)
 


Journal Entry 5 by seldombites at Gracemere, Queensland Australia on Wednesday, October 12, 2011

6 out of 10

This book was very heavy to read, but it is worth plowing through. I found this to be an enjoyable way to learn about the history of philosophy and the various ways of looking at this world of ours. I recommend reading this a piece at a time so as to take time to ponder what you are reading. 


Journal Entry 6 by seldombites at Gympie, Queensland Australia on Friday, January 13, 2012

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Released 5 yrs ago (1/13/2012 UTC) at Gympie, Queensland Australia

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Selected from the OzVBB. 


Journal Entry 7 by tantan at Gympie, Queensland Australia on Friday, January 20, 2012

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Received today - thanks seldombites! 


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