A Book you’ve read the most number of times
Who reads a lengthy book about philosophy a number of times? Me, I whisper tentatively. Aghast! I imagine you think I am some kind of nerd, but you are wrong, because Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder is not just your ordinary philosophy book.
It is a story within a story, fascinating, perplexing and a great and very readable introduction to the world of philosophy. Gaarder makes philosophy entertaining and the difficult to comprehend, rational and logical.
This was a book I read after a number of years of reading very few books, so it does qualify for today’s book by my re-reading of some passages due to interruptions and ‘new mother’s brain’. But it is a book that you can go back to again and again as each chapter, explains a mode of philosophy whilst perpetuating an evolving storyline with characters.
It is beautifully and cleverly written and it is very clear he wants to open our eyes to the wonders of our own amazing world, through Sophie’s eyes, and the vehicle is philosophy, as he alludes to in this comment: “How terribly sad it was that people are made in such a way that they get used to something as extraordinary as living.”
Sophie’s World, by Jostein Gaarder – I hope you like it as much as I have.
One day fourteen-year-old Sophie Amundsen comes home from school to find in her mailbox two notes, with one question on each: “Who are you?” and “Where does the world come from?” From that irresistible beginning, Sophie becomes obsessed with questions that take her far beyond what she knows of her Norwegian village. Through those letters, she enrolls in a kind of correspondence course, covering Socrates to Sartre, with a mysterious philosopher, while receiving letters addressed to another girl.
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Tomorrow: DAY 7. – A guilty pleasure book. Something to Ponder About……..