Sophie's Choice

Sophie's Choice

Book - 1979
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As the fierce lovemaking and fights of Nathan, a paranoiac Jewish intellectual, and Sophie, a Polish-Catholic concentration-camp survivor, intensify, Stingo, a writer who lives below them in a cheap rooming house, becomes more and more involved in their lives.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c1979.
Edition: 1st trade ed.
ISBN: 9780394461090
0394461096
Characteristics: 515 p. ; 25 cm.

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jinxed_gem
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.

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Charlie68
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.

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embersky
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.

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GrumpyDave
Dec 11, 2010

1980 National Book Award - Fiction

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