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Wanting to understand the most fundamental questions of the universe isn't the province of ivory-tower intellectuals alone, as this book's enormous popularity has demonstrated. A young girl, Sophie, becomes embroiled in a discussion of philosophy with a faceless correspondent. At the same time, she must unravel a mystery involving another young girl, Hilde, by using everything she's learning. The truth is far more complicated than she could ever have imagined. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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. [...] 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. Author tour.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
My favorite reading repeatedly over the years. Great Book. Characters are adorable.Published 2 days ago by Iqbal Singh
BORING! Who the heck- wait why would someone be putting things into a mailbox for a little girl. Then I though maybe it might be her dad trying to connect or build a relationship... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Tz7568
This garbage isn't even a novel it's more like a boring textbook for class. I had to read this for my English II Honors class and I kept falling asleep trying to read it. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Jasmine Harris
A very easy flowing read. The philosophy covered is much too quick and shallow and there are the odd bits that seem purely forced into the reading, but overall I can't imagine a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mad_Spender
I would call the story a flight of fancy. Entertaining and not overly deep!Published 1 month ago by Rick Ferro