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Sophie's Choice Paperback – March 3, 1992
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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 ›
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Excellent, intriguing and touching story of a strong link between 3 different individuals from completely different backgrounds. A strong reminder of the significance of life.Published 9 days ago by Kikobim
Good Lord. I finally made it through this book, and I'm so glad it's over! Like many others, I read this because it is considered a "classic". Read morePublished 10 days ago by SLM
This is a book steeped in contradictions. The main character, Sophie, is the epitome of this. She is very tragic and yet beautiful, a liar that is honest in her lies, she is... Read morePublished 14 days ago by lawliss
Styron takes readers on a journey through the eyes of the main character, Stingo. He meets two captivating characters Sophie, whom he falls deeply in love with; and Nathan the... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Suzanne
Well crafted, thoughtful and at times intense, with characters equal to the events unfoldingPublished 24 days ago by Charles R. Goodman
This book should not be titled Shophie's Choice, but rather Stingo Gets Laid. There are about 5 chapters of Shophie's story. I will admit they are good, and very gripping. Read morePublished 1 month ago by JJinSacto
One of the best books I've ever read. Beautiful prose and storytelling, I read this book five times hoping, as a fledgling writer, I could come close to the beauty of the writing. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Marsha B. Rupe