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Sophie's World

A Novel About the History of Philosophy
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One day 14-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 her home. 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.

Who is Hilde? And why does her mail keep turning up? To unravel this riddle, Sophie must use the philosophy she is learning - but the truth turns out to be far more complicated than she could have imagined.     

©©1994 Claudette Moller (P)℗1997 / ℗2019 Audio Literature / Phoenix Books

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Confusing, no chapter headings, dated performance

For some reason, this production is missing the chapter headings and quotations present in the print edition, which would give you an inkling as to what's going on. It jumps straight into the text after the preface, and marks transitions between chapters with a rather ridiculous harp sound effect, like you're listening to a children's book from the 80's. The performance is very dated. As the story itself jumps between nested 'realities', it's hard enough to keep track of without the signposting that chapter headings would provide. This would be much more enjoyable if it felt less brutally assembled.