By Jostein Gaarder
A page-turning novel that also is an exploration of the nice philosophical techniques of Western suggestion, Sophie's global has fired the mind's eye of readers around the globe, with greater than twenty million copies in print.
One day fourteen-year-old Sophie Amundsen comes domestic from university to discover in her mailbox notes, with one query on every one: "Who are you?" and "Where does the area come from?" From that impossible to resist starting, Sophie turns into captivated with questions that take her a ways past what she is familiar with of her Norwegian village. via these letters, she enrolls in one of those correspondence direction, masking Socrates to Sartre, with a mysterious thinker, whereas receiving letters addressed to a different lady. who's Hilde? And why does her mail continue turning up? to resolve this riddle, Sophie needs to use the philosophy she is learning―but the reality seems to be way more advanced than she may have imagined.
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However, he did say that a state that does not educate and train women is like a man who only trains his right arm. All in all, we can say that Plato had a positive view of women—considering the time he lived in. In the dialogue Symposium, he gives a woman, the legendary priestess Diotima, the honor of having given Socrates his philosophic perception. So that was Plato, Sophie. His astonishing theories have been discussed— and criticized—for more than two thousand years. The first man to do so was one of the pupils from his own Academy. His name was Aristotle, and he was the third great philosopher from Athens. I’ll say no more! While Sophie had been reading about Plato, the sun had risen over the woods to the east. It was peeping over the horizon just as she was reading how one man clambered out of the cave and blinked in the dazzling light outside. It was almost as if she had herself emerged from an underground cave. Sophie felt that she saw nature in a completely different way after reading about Plato. It was rather like having been colorblind. She had seen some shadows but had not seen the clear principles. She was not sure Plato was right in everything he had said about the eternal patterns, but it was a beautiful thought that all living things were imperfect copies of the eternal forms in the world of ideas. Because wasn’t it true that all flowers, trees, human beings, and animals were “imperfect”? Everything she saw around her was so beautiful and so alive that Sophie had to rub her eyes to really believe it. But nothing she was looking at now would last. And yet—in a hundred years the same flowers and the same animals would be here again. Even if every single flower and every single animal should fade away and be forgotten, there would be something that “recollected” how it all looked. Sophie gazed out at the world. Suddenly a squirrel ran up the trunk of a pine tree. It circled the trunk a few times and disappeared into the branches. “I’ve seen you before! ” thought Sophie. She realized that maybe it was not the same squirrel that she had seen previously, but she had seen the same “form. ” For all she knew, Plato could have been right. Maybe she really had seen the eternal “squirrel” before—in the world of ideas, before her soul had taken residence in a human body. Could it be true that she had lived before? Had her soul existed before it got a body to move around in? And was it really true that she carried a little golden nugget inside her —a jewel that cannot be corroded by time, a soul that would live on when her own body grew old and died? The Major’s Cabin ... the girl in the mirror winked with both eyes… It was only a quarter past seven. There was no need to hurry home. Sophie’s mother always took it easy on Sundays, so she would probably sleep for another two hours. Should she go a bit farther into the woods and try to find Alberto Knox? And why had the dog snarled at her so viciously? Sophie got up and began to walk down the path Hermes had taken.