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Sophie's Choice | [William Styron]

Sophie's Choice

In this brilliant, multi-layered novel, a young Southerner, Stingo, wants to become a writer. In Brooklyn, he meets Nathan, a brilliant Jewish intellectual involved in a turbulent love-hate affair with Sophie, a beautiful Polish woman. She has a terrible wound in her past, one that impels both Sophie and Nathan toward destruction.
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Publisher's Summary

In this brilliant, multi-layered novel, a young Southerner, Stingo, wants to become a writer. In Brooklyn, he meets Nathan, a brilliant Jewish intellectual involved in a turbulent love-hate affair with Sophie, a beautiful Polish woman. She has a terrible wound in her past, one that impels both Sophie and Nathan toward destruction.

©1982 William Styron; (P)2007 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"No reader of Sophie's Choice can doubt that Styron has put immense energy into trying to understand and deal justly with the evils in American history and the European Holocaust, to say nothing of the evil (as well as the good) in his characters....Scene after scene comes back now, long after I last read the book, with astonishing vividness - perhaps the most obvious mark of a masterpiece." (John Gardner)

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    Y. Perez El Paso, TX USA 08-16-08
    Y. Perez El Paso, TX USA 08-16-08 Member Since 2007

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    Sound was great, loved the reader. Love anything having to do with the Holocaust, and had always heard what a fantastic novel this was. Perhaps, it would have been better had this been an unabridged version. I could never understand why the protagonist was attracted to this dysfunctional woman. This version failed to help me sympathize with Sophie. It was just so-so

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ilse Grembergen, Belgium 05-13-12
    Ilse Grembergen, Belgium 05-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Finally got to this classic!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes I would, because this way, it's easy to make sure you have read one of the classics.


    Was Sophie's Choice worth the listening time?

    Yes it was.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Indianapolis, IN, United States 12-14-12
    Michael Indianapolis, IN, United States 12-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    "50 Shades of Grey-with Nazis"
    What would have made Sophie's Choice better?

    Zombies. I had always heard about what a great classic this is but I don't get it.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald-just to get the icky taste out of my brain.


    What does Norman Snow bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His characters are distinct and he conveys the full range of their emotions.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I learned the signs and symptoms of anemia. Great news-I don't have it.


    Any additional comments?

    I imagine this is what we'd get if Ernest Hemmingway had decided to write the screenplay for a pornographic movie.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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