I give this book: 5 STARS
A Novel about the History of Philosophy
by Jostein Gaarder
A passionate plea to rediscover our capacity for amazement, Sophie’s World is more than a mere mystery. It is also the first novel to present a complete–and entertaining–history of philosophy.
Long and dense, this 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, a young teenager, meets a philosopher who makes her his apprentice and teaches her the history of the world’s greatest thinkers, and together they discover things about the life they’re living and the world they live in, and must now find how to make the changes they need in order to survive.
Read Sophie’s World and experience a journey through worlds within worlds. [..more..]