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Sophie's Choice  : Vintage Classics - William Styron

Sophie's Choice

Vintage Classics

Paperback

Published: February 2004
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In this extraordinary novel, Stingo, an inexperienced twenty-two year old Southerner, takes us back to the summer of 1947 and a boarding house in a leafy Brooklyn suburb. There he meets Nathan, a fiery Jewish intellectual; and Sophie, a beautiful and fragile Polish Catholic. Stingo is drawn into the heart of their passionate and destructive relationship as witness, confidant and supplicant. Ultimately, he arrives at the dark core of Sophie's past: her memories of pre-war Poland, the concentration camp and - the essence of her terrible secret - her choice.

About the Author

Born at Newport News, Virginia, in 1925, William Styron was educated at Duke University. He served in the Marine Corps during the last war, and was recalled to service during the Korean War. After 1952, he lived mainly in Europe, before settling in a rural part of Connecticut.

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Brilliant!

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Pros

  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Engaging Characters
  • Page Turner
  • Suspenseful
  • Well Written

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    Best Uses

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    Comments about Sophie's Choice:

    Such a great book. It takes a chapter or two to get going but once it did, i found it hard to put it down. A great snapshot of post world war 2 Brooklyn at a time when things were still uncertain and people were trying to forget the past. Please read this!

    Comment on this review

    "A masterpiece, [which leaves] more conventional treatments of the Holocaust, such as Schindler's List, looking obtuse and sentimental" The Times "William Styron's Sophie's Choice is a landmark of mid-20th-century American fiction - an impressively fat novel that most literate Americans claim to have read even if they haven't" Sunday Telegraph "A compassionate, brilliantly written novel" The Times "A weighty, passionate novel ... courageous [and] masterly" NY Times "Styron is a writer's writer, capable of setting a pastoral idyll in Brooklyn, and the traumas narrated occur alongside a classic American coming-of-age story" -- Xan Brooks Guardian, 1000 novels everyone must read

    ISBN: 9780099470441
    ISBN-10: 0099470446
    Series: Vintage War
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 656
    Published: February 2004
    Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 13.0  x 3.9
    Weight (kg): 0.48