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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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A compelling Holocaust survivor's story buried under reams of the author's navel gazing.Published 1 month ago by S.L.
almost as if, he looked up the longest, most difficult words, and inserted them, when he could have used a "smaller" more approachable word. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Linda K. Gonser
Hard, difficult reading....was finding myself to try a skim through sections of his philisophical verbage, just to get to the story. Read morePublished 1 month ago by jlb
Although I enjoyed Styron 's memoir, Darkness Visible, Sophie's Choice is a very poorly written novel that tries to imitate Melville 's Ishmael in the narrator Stingo ("Call... Read morePublished 1 month ago by gmc
Interesting, well-developed plot and characters. Pace can be slow at times, but fast in some episodes. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Barbara B
One of my favorite books for years. It is hard to reread some parts of the book,very painful, but it well worth it.Published 1 month ago by Karina Krotova
The main character, Sophie, is verbally n physically abused by Nathan but she continued to have a relationship with him anyway. No desire to finish the book.Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
This book is a masterpiece. Any work by William Styron is a masterpiece. He wrote the great American novel - several times over. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Cynthia J. K.