Start reading Sophie's Choice (Open Road) on the free Kindle Reading App or on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here.
OR
Read for Free
with Kindle Unlimited

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Enter a promotion code
or gift card
 
 
 

Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Color:
Image not available

To view this video download Flash Player

 

Sophie's Choice (Open Road) [Kindle Edition]

William Styron
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (231 customer reviews)

Digital List Price: $14.99 What's this?
Print List Price: $16.00
Kindle Price: $3.99
You Save: $12.01 (75%)
 
Kindle Unlimited Read this title for free and get unlimited access to over 600,000 titles. Learn More

New Adult Fiction by Rainbow Rowell
Acclaimed author Rainbow Rowell's latest book, Landline, offers a poignant, humorous look at relationships and marriage. Learn more

Book Description

 

“Styron’s most impressive performance. . . . Belongs on that small shelf reserved for American masterpieces.” —Washington Post Book World
 
Winner of the 1980 National Book Award, Sophie’s Choice is William Styron’s classic novel of love, survival, and regret, set in Brooklyn in the wake of the Second World War. The novel centers on three characters: Stingo, a sexually frustrated aspiring novelist; Nathan, his charismatic but violent Jewish neighbor; and Sophie, an Auschwitz survivor who is Nathan’s lover. Their entanglement in one another’s lives will build to a stirring revelation of agonizing secrets that will change them forever.
 
Poetic in its execution, and epic in its emotional sweep, Sophie’s Choice explores the good and evil of humanity through Stingo’s burgeoning worldliness, Nathan’s volatile personality, and Sophie’s tragic past. Mixing elements from Styron’s own experience with themes of the Holocaust and the history of slavery in the American South, the novel is a profound and haunting human drama. The result is Styron at the pinnacle of his literary brilliance.
 
This ebook features a new illustrated biography of William Styron, including original letters, rare photos, and never-before-seen documents from the Styron family and the Duke University Archives.

 



Editorial Reviews

Review

“Stunning. . . a triumph. . . . A dazzling, gripping book.” —Chicago Sun Times

“Splendidly written, thrilling . . . A passionate novel.” —The New York Times Book Review

“A monumental work of fiction.” —The Christian Science Monitor

From the Inside Flap

Three stories are told: a young Southerner wants to become a writer; a turbulent love-hate affair between a brilliant Jew and a beautiful Polish woman; and of an awful wound in that woman's past--one that impels both Sophie and Nathan toward destruction.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1939 KB
  • Print Length: 575 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0679736379
  • Publisher: Open Road Media; . edition (May 4, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003JBFCEQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,389 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?


Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
151 of 159 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a new favorite August 21, 2006
Format:Paperback
In Sophie's Choice, William Styron does a masterful job of telling a horrific tale in bearable way. Sophie is a Polish Christian who survived 18 months in Auschwitz before the camp was liberated by the Allies. Of course her story is heartbreaking. But Styron unfolds the tale in a way that allows the reader to take it all in without being crushed by the sadness of it.

First, instead of marching out the story of Sophie's capture and imprisonment in chronological order, Styron layers it on, each layer building on the next. When the 22-year-old narrator, Stingo, a Southerner who moved to Brooklyn to write novels, first meets Sophie in the summer of 1947, she gives him only the briefest of versions of her experience in the war. It is only as they grow closer as friends that Sophie, through a series of drunken encounters, provides more details to Stingo, each time admitting that she had lied to him before in earlier versions of her tale.

By presenting the horrifying particulars bit by bit, Styron seems mindful of the warning, and even quotes Stalin as saying, that a "single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic." The reader sees the tragedy of Sophie's experience because, by offering just a little at a time, Styron allows the reader to digest her story, along with a great deal of information about the Holocaust in general. If Styron had presented her story in full from the beginning, the awfulness would be numbing.

Also, Styron balances Sophie's tragic past with her tragic present in Brooklyn. In love with Nathan, a brilliant drug addict subject to violent fits of jealousy, Sophie has no chance of building a "normal" life in America. But, given her experiences in the concentration camp, it is impossible to imagine how she could.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?
64 of 68 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinarily Good on Many Levels December 7, 2001
Format:Library Binding
Sophie's Choice almost lost me in the first thirty pages or so, but thank goodness I hung in there. A tragic yet surprisingly non-depressing story (at times humorous, at times sad, but always compelling and riviting) of three people, Stingo (the narrator, a Southern youth yearning to be a writer living in the utterly strange world of New York), Nathan (Sophie's lover, brilliant, fascinating, and troubled) and of course Sophie, the beautiful Polish Auschwitz survivor who utterly captivates Stingo's imagination, who become, as Stingo quotes Sophie, "the closest of friends." And the friendship this lonely Southern young man develops with these two exotic (to him) individuals is at the heart of this compelling novel. Styron's story actually weaves together two stories: that of Stingo's journey of self-discovery "in a place as strange as Brooklyn" and that of Sophie, a "bruised and battered child[ren] of the earth," whose gently playful personality stuggles to survive her guilt about her past and her passionate but difficult and sometimes shocking relationship with Nathan. Styron accomplishes the difficult task of making the reader appreciate, understand, and even admire the character of Nathan by telling his story through Stingo's eyes, so despite Nathan's flaws, and indeed Sophie's as well, the love Stingo feels for them both is believable and moving. The gradually revealed tale of the concentration camp is grim and realistic, and Sophie's telling of it illuminates the source of the guilt which is destroying her : her choice, or choices--for there are many choices, although the one referenced in the title stands starkly, horrifying alone. Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?
28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The American Canon Is Incomplete Without This Novel March 2, 2000
Format:Hardcover
Often compared by literary critics to Toni Morrison's 1987 Beloved, for the choices women and mothers are forced into under the most desperate of circumstances and conditions, William Styron's 1979 novel Sophie's Choice is a non-step textual tugging at the heart. In spite of the long passages replete with narrator Stingo's onanistic details (he hasn't gotten any, so the irony is, of course, that he lives in a place called the "pink palace"...hmmm...what's that a euphemism for?), this novel of a Holocaust survivor is not easily put out of one's memory. There are few books I internalize and metaphorize and carry around with me; this is one of those books. The humorous description of the McGraw/Hill publishing offices in Manhattan in the late 40s is a superbly hilarious way to open this novel. We are then introduced, at a rooming house in Brooklyn, to Sophie Z. and Nathan Landau, two of the novel's central characters. We learn that Sophie is a Catholic Pole who survived Auschwitz, but is still haunted by a "choice" she was forced to make while there. I agree with my fellow critic who states that the scene of Sophie's choice (set in the novel on April 1st, nonetheless, echoing, I would assume, Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man)is so dramatically underplayed that I had to re-read it three times to make certain I didn't miss some critical nuance. Styron's choosing to portray the scene from which the novel's title comes as quietly and near the end as possible is a stroke of literary brilliance and keeps the reader page turning without end to find the answer to the question: What was the "choice"? Of course, in the course of the novel, Sophie Z. Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful but marred story
I enjoyed the storyline and had real anxiety as Sophie's appalling story unfolded, but I was taken aback and finally dismayed at Styron's deliberate use of words that any reader... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Guy P. Thatcher
4.0 out of 5 stars Sad but excellent writing!
Excellent writing but very sad! A trip back in time to World War II and the holocaust; just so hard to get a grip on, understand and visualize the horror of those times. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Scotti Ruhlman
5.0 out of 5 stars Sophie and Nathan
I lived through the post-wwII period that the story covers and can vouch for the accuracy of much of Styron's descriptions, a literary deja-vu for me. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Fred Breidenbach
5.0 out of 5 stars Sophie was omplex, brilliant, couragous, fearful, and well worth...
I saw the movie "Sophie's Choice" many years ago but had forgotten 95% of the content, though I remembered Meryl Streep won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Sophie. Read more
Published 3 days ago by nickles
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A great book with many layers of the human experience explored.
Published 4 days ago by Newton reader
1.0 out of 5 stars What a boring book! I don't understand what the big fuss ...
What a boring book! I don't understand what the big fuss is about this book. From the first page I couldn't get into the story. What a love triangle! Read more
Published 4 days ago by Brigitte_Innira
2.0 out of 5 stars Sophie, She-Wolf of the SS
Styron puts the 'camp' in concentration camp in this ludicrous mash-up of "Night" and "Valley of the Dolls." Coke-snorting schizophrenic Jews! Read more
Published 5 days ago by Mark Schlegel
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Really made it appear as if based on someone's life.
Published 8 days ago by William Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful re-read!
What an amazing re-read. Styron is one of our great writers! In memory I thought the novel was mostly about Sophie and her awful choice... Not so. Read more
Published 9 days ago by J. Gavriluk
4.0 out of 5 stars Good character development
I had trouble getting into this story, but once it caught me I couldn't put it down. It is a story of survival and living beyond our past. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Connie Hasek
Search Customer Reviews
Search these reviews only

More About the Author

William Styron (1925-2006) , a native of the Virginia Tidewater, was a graduate of Duke University and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. His books include Lie Down in Darkness, The Long March, Set This House on Fire, The Confessions of Nat Turner, Sophie's Choice, This Quiet Dust, Darkness Visible, and A Tidewater Morning. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the Howells Medal, the American Book Award, the Legion d'Honneur, and the Witness to Justice Award from the Auschwitz Jewish Center Foundation. With his wife, the poet and activist Rose Styron, he lived for most of his adult life in Roxbury, Connecticut, and in Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts, where he is buried.

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?



Forums

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 



Customers Who Highlighted This Item Also Highlighted


Look for Similar Items by Category