Sophie’s World: A Novel about the History of Philosophy

Sophie’s World: A Novel about the History of Philosophy

Sophie´s World is a book written by a Norwegian author Jostein Gaarder, because of that I decided to read this book in its original language. The premise of this story is about a 14 year old girl Sophie and her mysteries philosophy teacher. Together they try to fathom the mystery of their own existence, while at the same time learning about the history of philosophy.


first published in 1991  -  508 pages

This book differs from anything I have ever read. I find it to be an appropriate read for anyone who is interested in philosophy, but is too scared to dive into philosophical non-fiction. If you are solely looking for a good novel you are to be disappointed since this book resembles more a schoolbook than anything else, but let me tell you it is the most enjoyable schoolbook you will ever read. This book is extremely dense, and rereading is required! The author plays with your mind, and drags you into the story making you a participant against your own will. I suggest this book to anyone who views reading diversely as an important issue in our society since this book not only opens you to a Norwegian cultures, but also explores themes which are rarely seen in young adult literature.