Sophie's Choice

Sophie's Choice

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"Three stories are told: a young Southerner wants to become a writer; a turbulent love-hate affair between a brilliant Jew and a beautiful Polish woman; and of an awful wound in that woman's past--one that impels both Sophie and Nathan toward destruction."--Publisher website.
Publisher: New York : Vintage International/Random House, Inc., c1979, c1976.
Edition: 1st trade ed.
ISBN: 9780679736370
Call Number: STYRON
Characteristics: 562 p. ; 21 cm.
Subjects: Holocaust survivors -- New York (State) -- New York -- Fiction.
Good and evil -- Fiction.
Flatbush (New York, N.Y.) -- Fiction.


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Jan 16, 2017

Not exactly sure why this is a classic. The story of Sophie and Nathan could have stood on their own without the first person "extra" story of Stingo. The narrative of Stingo was as if a 17 year old boy put his feelings into a story of people in their 30's. It was distracting from the main story...will watch the movie but probably not read the book again.

Apr 08, 2015

Fills in the gaps the movie leaves behind. The Holocaust is presented in all its darkened glory, not for the faint of heart.

multcolib_central Jul 24, 2014

A stirring story told in layer. In this gradually revealed tale styron combine explosive humor, drama, tragedy, and horror into a compelling whole which draw the reader in. The three main characters are all so engrossing. This book digs into the human psyche. A great novel.

Apr 12, 2011

A masterpiece! Stingo's voice is comical, elegiac and captivating (this is obvious, if you read the very first page). A suspenseful thriller and prose that is carefully cut and polished as a precious diamond.

However, it's not for everyone. It is not a beach-book thriller. The language is ''classical'' and requires concentration to get into. It is also a very good introduction to the ''Holocaust fiction''. The novel (about 700 pages) itself has a broody, gloomy quality. Stingo's sexual misadventures are a welcome comic relief.

I am, in fact, reading it for the second time. My first reading 3 odd years ago was rather hurried. But now I am reading it at a slower careful pace,and enjoying every bit of it.

Dec 11, 2010

1980 National Book Award - Fiction


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