Jostein Gaarder wrote his wonderful novel “Sophie’s World” in 1991. First, it was written in Norwegian language and became a bestseller in Norway. In addition, this story won the Deutscher Jugendliteratupreis in 1994. After this, it was published in the English version in 1995. In that same year, the book became a bestseller around the world. In 2011, the novel has been already translated into 59 languages. This book became one of the most successful Norwegian novels around the world. It was so much successful that it was decided to adapt it into a film and computer game. It is a page-turning story that is at the same time a great exploration of different philosophical ideas of Western thought. This book fires readers’ imagination all over the world.
It takes place in Norway. The book tells us a story of a teenage girl Sophie Amundsen and Alberto Knox, who is a middle-aged philosopher. He introduces Sophie to the history of philosophy and philosophical thinking. The story starts, when Sophie comes home from school one day and finds in her mailbox two short notes, which contain one highly philosophical question each. This mail was addressed to Hilde Moller Knag. After this, she also gets a package of papers, which is the part of a philosophy course. From this point, Sophie is obsessed with these questions and desire to find answers to them. Sophie becomes a student of an old philosopher Alberto Knox, not telling anything to her mother. Sophie continues to communicate with the philosopher and study philosophy. The end of the story is also very interesting, that is why, it is better to read by yourself.
One of the main themes of this story is the pursuit of philosophy. This book is called “Sophie’s World” and her world is a philosophy and a history of philosophy. This is the reason, why this theme is the most important among others. Sophie and Alberto need philosophy not as some esoteric exercise, they need it to understand their world. These two characters are not much different from the rest of people on earth. We all from time to time ask ourselves questions, there no certain answers for. In this story, Alberto tries to make Sophie understand that her existence is precious even if there are no answers to any questions. He reveals that philosophy isn’t possible to give people any simple knowledge, but it can show everyone a wonder of our existence.
Jostein Gaarder wrote his wonderful novel “Sophie’s World” in 1991. First, it was written in Norwegian language and became a bestseller in Norway. In addition, this story won the Deutscher Jugendliteratupreis in 1994. After this, it was published in the English version in 1995. In that same year, the book became a bestseller around the world.