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Sophie’s World 20th Anniversary edition


John Gaarder


Philosophy fiction


If someone sends you a letter telling you that they would help you to understand the deepest questions about the world, what will you do?

Jostein Gaarder’s Sophie’s world is all about those answers, written in 1991, originally in norwegrian, it became one of the best selling novels in the year 1995.

This philosophy fiction is about a 14-year-old girl, named Sophie, who starts receiving letters one fine day from a middle-aged; man named Albert, who later becomes her philosophy professor and teaches her about everything. The story revolves around her secretly taking those lessons and discovering the intricate life questionnaires. The novel traces their journey throughout until her 15th birthday, where her mother invites the professor to meet her in person and know about the man who’s  secretly  teaching her daughter about “philosophy” 

Why should you read this book?

Sophie’s world is not only an excellent story about a professor and his student, the book holds immense knowledge. It serves you with the taste of philosophy in the easiest language and easily comprehensible words. Other than the story is set in the 1990s and provides background, a story about a 15-year-old girl and how she looks upon the world while understanding it in a better way. It covers major aspects of philosophy including its history, origin, spread, and the major philosophers.

The story flows immensely well and you’ll always be wondering “what’s going to happen next?” You’ll get in awe whenever the next chapter comes in, there’s a surprise waiting for you to discover. While dwelling into the Philosophy lectures one may get bored with the theory but the twist and turns in between would blow your mind, there are things that you may think of not happening would happen! John Gaarder does this magic impeccably.

Who should definitely read this work?

If you’re one of those people who find philosophy intriguing but difficult to grasp, this book is surely for you.

Recommended for children as well as adults.

Overall, the book is worth reading not for the role of its story but also for the things you learn within it.

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