Saturday, February 25, 2006

Supposedly I'm currently reading Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder. Life's been crazy lately, and I haven't been reading much. Before life got crazy, I was really starting to enjoy this book. Here is a review by Kristen:

Subtitled “A Novel About the History of Philosophy,” Sophie’s World is a a unique and intriguing book that blends a basic history of philosophy with an enjoyable story, a philosophical mystery. The history of philosophy is very basic and most appropriate for those without much exposure to the field or a very rusty and rudimentary knowledge of it. The upper school where Mike teaches owns a class set and used it in a Western Civ class last year, which is how I was introduced to the book. I would recommend it to homeschoolers (appropriate for teenagers) and adult who are ashamed of their grasp of the history of the big questions. At the very least, it will give you a rubric and help to direct you to philosophical movements you might want to investigate more deeply. Borrowed from the School. (9/10)

I have to admit that I did try to read Sophie's World a few years ago and couldn't get into it. I am married to a philosophy major, though, and he loved it. Also, he keeps me up to date on what the major questions are and have been. So, I can kind of cheat that way.
i posted a comment yesterday, but it's not up. hmmmm. anyway, what i said was that i could understand why you couldn't get into took me about 50 pages to start liking it. also, i think some of the prose is really stilted. perhaps english is not gaarder's first language? or, perhaps the book is a translation.
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