Book review: Sophie’s World


Sophie’s world is writing by an authentic write Jostein Garrder is one of the best books consisting philosophy and the best selling novel, “Sophie’s World”. This book was originally published in the Norwegian language under the title “Sofie’s Verden” in 1991 by H. Aschehoug and Co. A translated version in English was later published in Great Britain by Phoenix House in 1995. This philosophical/mystery novel takes one on a historical journey worth almost 3000 years, commencing from the very beginning of Western philosophy, up to the 20th century.The content of the is very interesting and creation of the story is incredible. The ones who are obsessed with philosophy it’s the best book for them. This book is truly beneficial for teenagers since the protagonist of the book is 14 years old. This book initiates from the protagonist whose name and Sophie Amundsen. She furtively receives mails from a man whose name is Alberto Knox who is a great philosopher and he is just unknown to the world. While he enter in Sophie’s live the everything changes. Sophie also does not say anything about the unknown man and Philosophy education to anyone. While she firstly receives some questions like,“Who are you”, and the other “Where did the world come from?” These questions leave Sophie in deep wonder. These questions are just the beginning. From here on commences her journey through the history of philosophy, as she traverses through the cultures present in the past 3000 years, that are either associated with, or have influenced different philosophical thoughts and schools. Reading the philosophy: she comes to know about “Pre Socratic” period. Futher she enters in the realm of Greek Philosophy. Additionally, she is introduced to Socrates thoughts of wisdom, knowledge, goodness, optimism and truthfulness. She also perceives about Plato’s division of form in the real world and its immutable ideas that exist in eternity, and lastly, becoming familiar with Aristotle’s theory of categorizing all existing elements. The study of philosophy goes on for too long. In this hilosophical journey, postcards arrive periodically for Sophie regarding the subject, with the identity of the sender being unknown. However, these postcards are not meant for her, but rather, are addressed to a girl named Hyde Moller Knag. Hence, Sophie is just a correspondent. who is supposed to forward these letters to Hyde, whom she has never met. The only thing that they both share are their birthdays. It is soon discovered that these these postcards are from Hyde’s father in Lebanon who wants her to have these by her birthday. Although intrigued, Sophie is also wary of them and tries not to pay much heed to the whole situation. This proves difficult, once the postcards become alarmingly frequent, turning up in the most strange places. This little mystery plot entwines neatly with the philosophical elements of the book. Sophie’s World is one of the most unique books one may stumble upon. Intriguing, mysterious and thought-provoking, it opens the reader’s mind to the world of philosophy and its most fundamental questions, such as the argument about one’s existence (another recurring    theme and question). The author’s objective in this book is to probe the reader into questioning and applying a philosophical approach to those mundane aspects of nature and existence that one rarely ponders upon, or believes about them the reasoning fed to the subconscious since the beginning of time. Gaarder does this by taking the reader on a steady journey through the fundamentals and truths of Western philosophy, uncovering complicated notions and discourses, and then breaking these down into simple reasoning and core ideas.