“A whimsical and ingenious mystery novel that also happens to be a history of philosophy.” (Washington Post Book World)
A page-turning novel as well as an exploration of the great philosophical concepts of Western thought; Sophie’s World - with more than thirty million copies in print - has fired the imaginations of readers all over the world.
One day fourteen-year-old Sophie Amundsen comes home from school to find in her mailbox two notes, each with a question: “Who are you?” and “Where does the world come from?” From this irresistible beginning, Sophie becomes obsessed with questions that take her far beyond what she knows of her Norwegian village. Through successive lesser, she enrolls in a kind of correspondence course, covering Socrates to Sarte, with a mysterious philosopher, while also receiving letters addressed to another girl. Who is Hilde? And why does her mail keep turning up? To unravel this riddle, Sophie must use the philosophy she is learning - but the truth turns out to be far more complicated than she could have imagined.