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 ...
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.
Good. New York: Random House, 1979. First edition, presentation copy. Harcover. 515 pp. Good, lacking the glassine wrapper. Slight spine lean, and marked fading to the spine, less so at board edges. Front hinge with a little play. Presentation page bound in following the front free endaper. Not signed.
Very good in very good dust jacket. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 606p. Modern Library (Hardcover). Audience: General/trade. 1999 20th anny edition. Modern Library Giant book with a beautiful gray full cloth cover but a CREAM DUST JACKET w/reddish lettering. Book sized 6 x 9 x 1.25". Clean and a nice anny. edition. Photo of book is correct.
Near Fine in Fine jacket. 515 pages; NF/F; page edges show some yellowing; spine just beginning to loosen; dj has a bit of sun-fading and a very small water stain on back bottom edge; dj in brodart wrap.
Fair. Audio cassette audio book/Acceptable Condition/ex-library with usual marks/case is very worn with cracks and chips and splitting along spine/some edge wear to artwork/wear and tear to tape labels/10 audio tapes/price reduced for condition of case/FREE TRACKING/DELIVERY CONFIRMATION ON ALL DOMESTIC ORDERS/
Very Good in Very Good jacket. New York: Random House, 1979. First Trade Edition. Hardcover. 515 pp. Very good, in a very good price clipped jacket. Faint curve to boards; a bit of rubbing to gilt on spine. Jacket lightly edge-worn, age-toned; spine faintly sunned with slight crease. Signed by author William Styron on front free endpaper.
Very Good with no dust jacket. 0679736379. Square, sound binding. Clean, slightly age-darkened pages. Wraps have light edge rubbing.; Signed by author on title page. Novel featuring Polish Jewish refugee survivor of a Nazi concentraiton camp, Sophie.; 8.0" tall; 562 pages; 50-50 Susan Greeson; Signed by Author.
Sophie's Choice is an excellent work of literature. It shows life in reality. Friends are not always friendly and lovers are not always in love with each other forever. This book is an amazing depiction of how an overly romanticized idea of life can lead to utter disaster. I would reccomend this book to anyone.
Sep 16, 2007
Tragic and Tender
In William Styron's Sophie's Choice, the refined story teller of great accomplisment creates a work in which reader's are associated into lives of great dispair. The era of the story is post WWII with vivid flashbacks to the European tragedies while under seige. Styron's character's are multi-layered so as to connect any reader in some form or fashion. A tender story surrounded by tragedy. Styron's writing has been noted to be akin to that of Faulkner's. I agree.
Apr 26, 2007
I did not see the move and had not read the book, but knew the overall story. Finally decided to read it, and it was not worth the effort. The overall premise of the book is good, however, it drags everything out. I also thought the book focused more on the uninteresting life of the storyteller rather than on the tales Sophie was telling him. I really thought Sophie's character would be more developed. Disappointing read.
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