Sophie's Choice

Sophie s Choice This award winning novel of love survival and agonizing regret in post WWII Brooklyn belongs on that small shelf reserved for American masterpieces The Washington Post Book World Winner of the Natio

  • Title: Sophie's Choice
  • Author: William Styron
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  • Page: 471
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  • This award winning novel of love, survival, and agonizing regret in post WWII Brooklyn belongs on that small shelf reserved for American masterpieces The Washington Post Book World Winner of the National Book Award and a modern classic, Sophie s Choice centers on three characters Stingo, a sexually frustrated aspiring novelist Nathan, his charismatic but violent JeThis award winning novel of love, survival, and agonizing regret in post WWII Brooklyn belongs on that small shelf reserved for American masterpieces The Washington Post Book World Winner of the National Book Award and a modern classic, Sophie s Choice centers on three characters Stingo, a sexually frustrated aspiring novelist Nathan, his charismatic but violent Jewish neighbor and Sophie, an Auschwitz survivor who is Nathan s lover Their entanglement in one another s lives will build to a stirring revelation of agonizing secrets that will change them forever Poetic in its execution, and epic in its emotional sweep, Sophie s Choice explores the good and evil of humanity through Stingo s burgeoning worldliness, Nathan s volatile personality, and Sophie s tragic past Mixing elements from Styron s own experience with themes of the Holocaust and the history of slavery in the American South, the novel is a profound and haunting human drama, representing Styron at the pinnacle of his literary brilliance This ebook features an illustrated biography of William Styron, including original letters, rare photos, and never before seen documents from the Styron family and the Duke University Archives.

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    • William Styron

      William Styron 1925 2006 , born in Newport News, Virginia, was one of the greatest American writers of his generation Styron published his first book, Lie Down in Darkness, at age twenty six and went on to write such influential works as the controversial and Pulitzer Prize winning The Confessions of Nat Turner and the international bestseller Sophie s Choice.

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    • It seems a lot of people have a problem with the prose being pretentious and overwritten. However, I had a big problem with the unfolding of the plot. This was a strange book for me because I really wanted to like it and even thought I liked it after I was finished. It took me about a week to think back and realize, Wait! That was a crappy book. Problem number 1: I personally found Sophie to be an unbeleivable character. I just thought she was not-fascinating and contradictory, like, not in the [...]

    • William Styron's "Sophie's Choice" has to stand as one of the 20th century's great American novels. Based very loosely on his own experiences in the late 1940s in New York, Styron makes himself into a writer called Stingo who moves into a boarding house in Brooklyn, where he meets a Polish emigré named Sophie and her dangerously unpredictable lover, Nathan. With great delicacy and restraint, Styron traces the evolution of the friendship and love that entangles these three and which has stunning [...]

    • “Because I could not stop for Death,He kindly stopped for me;The carriage held but just ourselvesAnd Immortality.” Emily DickinsonStyron brings the Brooklyn of the forties and its flourishing intellectualism back to life through the eyes of three characters, whose irreconcilable pasts find a common ground in the sweeping vision of optimistic America, distancing the narrative from stereotyped clichés and with the inimitable diction of a true Southern voice.A lush, descriptive prose soaked in [...]

    • Sophie's Choice: William Styron's Novel of Choices, Hobson's and OtherwiseThis novel was chosen by members of On the Southern Literary Trail as a group read for September, 2014.Sophie's Choice, First Ed First Prtg William Styron, Random House, New York, New York, 1979The gate to Auschwitz, where those in charge choose who lives and who diesLife is but a series of choices, is it not? Some easy, quickly made, given no further thought. Others are more difficult. We worry about the outcome, the cons [...]

    • I was surprised by this book; it wasn't what I expected. It was less engaging than I anticipated it being and parts of it were rather difficult for me to get through. The 'growing pains' of Stingo were not where my interest was centered. I think he's kind of a pansy to be honest. I'm also surprised at the sexual content. I'm aware that he's a sexually frustrated young man, but god- get on with it! I'm not offended by sexual content, I just don't need to be drowning in it. I have never heard the [...]

    • I stuck with it out of curiosity, not so much to find out what her choice was, but because this is supposedly an important American novel and I kept waiting for the "Aha!" moment when it would finally get good. Unfortunately it was just way too long. I now know what it's like to suffer from too much foreshadowing. It was so tiresome reading hint after ominous hint about what was going to happen. The narration was clumsy and over-explanatory. Do you really have to recap an event that you just nar [...]

    • It was good that I missed the Oscar-nominated movie adaptation of this book when it was shown in 1985. My curiosity to find out what exactly was the meaning of the "choice" in the title, kept me leafing through the pages until it was revealed towards the end. There are actually two. Sophie, the beautiful Polish (non-Nazi) Holocaust survivor has to choose who to end up with between her two lovers, the Jewish Nathan Landau who is a crazy junkie but who brought her to America and the struggling Ame [...]

    • Confessional monologues to serve as counter narratives. Flashbacks from an American boarding house to Auschwitz. An intriguing love triangle. Secrets and lies unfolding with each new chapter. Sex, written with meticulousness. This is how Styron gets you to stick with this intricately woven and stylistically stupendous novel.For synchronous with the stunning effect she made on my eyes as she stood there arrested in the doorway--blinking at the gloom, her flaxen hair drenched in the evening gold-- [...]

    • A Study in the Faithlessness of HopeOK, first of all, let's get something over with. A young amatuer (not so Southern) writer comes to Brooklyn, meets a Polish émigré, falls straight away in love with her. But this Holocaust victim, tattooed on her hand, in her heart and soul, Auschwitz's purgatory, is hopelessly in an undetachable love, lust, anguish, masochistic, and redeeming relationship with a Northern Jew. And this prejudiced yet genius of a charmer, suffers from fatal capricious fits. H [...]

    • The term “Sophie’s Choice,” which derives from a critical plot point in William Styron’s eponymous novel, has become a prominent American idiom. You’ve probably heard it in your daily life. It was the subject of a relatively well-received movie starring Meryl Streep. Certainly, you’ve come across it if you’re a fan of The Simpsons. (A Sophie’s Choice joke is the kicker to Season 10, Episode 5’s “When You Dish Upon a Star”). Despite its prevalence in the cultural landscape, [...]

    • One of those books everyone else loved and I loathed. I thought the book was pointless and overwrought, rather like Meryl Streep's acting in the film of the same name.

    • I finally finished it, yes all 600 pages, and my reaction to "Sophie's Choice" is mixed. I spent years urged by friends to read this book, but I was afraid of what I would find in its pages, especially being a mom. It turns out my fears were completely unfounded. This book is not at all what I thought it would be--a moving story of one woman's time at Auschwitz and the awful things she endures there as a mother. That description covers only about 10% of what happens in this novel. "Sophie's Choi [...]

    • Styron gets knocked for two reasons. The first is that he's an appropriater: in his Pulitzer-winning Confessions of Nat Turner, he appropriated the famous slave revolutionary's story, and here he's taken the Holocaust. As he's neither black nor Jewish, some black and Jewish people are like wtf are you doing with my history. The second knock is that he writes clear and exciting prose with a lot of fancy words, leading Martin Amis to call him a "thesaurus of florid commonplaces.""In my career as a [...]

    • By the time I learned the "true" story and the big reveal I just didn't care anymore. It is horrible that this is based on millions of true stories but this particular story could have been more succinct.

    • First, I liked everything about this book: Stingo, Nathan, & Sophie.And the way everything that went down in Auschwitz is narrated here is very heartbreaking, just as is the relationship between Nathan and Sophie. But the question that resounds, as Styron asks, is: At Auschwitz, tell me, where was God. Well, we may blame God as much as we wish, or even do as Sophie did and say 'FUCK God and all his Hande Werk.' Or resolve to the thought that stuff like Auschwitz makes us lose faith in humani [...]

    • I read this book at Amy's prompting and found it one of the most complex reading experiences of my life. At times, I hated this book: the elaborate, excessive prose style, the occasional and hideous homophobia (not excusable by it's placement in the consciousness of the character, in my opinion), the adolescent attitude toward women and sex (again, not excusable) and yet, despite all these moments of frustration, this is an immense and beautiful and even great novel. The writing about the holoca [...]

    • Obviously, one star is a bit dramatic. I didn't like this book but it was beautifully written--Styron is no slouch with words--and the characters and situation were vividly drawn. The "choice" Sophie had to make was a hellish one and unlike some reviewers here, I was deeply affected and I thought it explained a lot about her character. By contrast the lives and issues of Stingo and Nathan seem thin and pathetic. Which they were. Which was the problem. A writer once said (I think it was Vonnegut) [...]

    • Well, I finished it. And I despised every moment of it, from the writing to the characters. Maybe I just don't understand or appreciate a writing style such as Styron's, but I just found it incredibly tedious and tiresome to wade through all of Stingo's incessant (and lust-fueled) rambling. I hated him and in turn ended up absolutely hating Sophie and Nathan. When you reach the climatic point in the novel and you don't feel even the slightest twinge of anything other than, thank god this means i [...]

    • O reflecţie marca 3 ianuarie 2016, dată la care se împlinesc două săptămâni de când n-am mai citit beletristică: acum zece minute mi-am terminat ţigara şi, fumând-o, cum era linişte, căzui într-o adâncă meditaţie pe seama cărţilor în trecut citite şi care -mai mult sau mai puţin conştient!- s-au încrustat adânc în conştiinţa mea. Mi-am adus aminte deci, subit, de Nathan Landau, personajul cheie al romanului "Alegerea Sofiei". La momentul citirii cărţii, acest mania [...]

    • "Manchmal glaube ich, das Leben ist eine einzige abscheuliche Falle"Die Geschichte ist definitiv um 200 Seiten zu lang. Man hätte aus dieser ungewöhnlichen Dreierkonstellation Stingo-Nathan-Sophie was Großes schaffen können, wenn man sich nicht so sehr auf Stingos notgeilen Dauerzustand epischen Ausmaßes konzentriert hätte. Zum Schluss kommt er doch noch zum Zug und man möchte fast erleichtert aufatmen. Auf der Rückseite des Buches wird er als "liebeshungriger Schriftsteller" beschrieben [...]

    • Sophie's Choice revolves around three characters and three story lines. The protagonist, Stingo, is an aspiring writer from the South who stumbles upon Sophie and Nathan when moving into his apartment in New York. Sophie serves as the beautiful and damaged love interest, a Polish woman and a survivor of Auschwitz, a Nazi concentration camp. Nathan, a handsome and successful biologist, brings both darkness and light into their lives. Stingo's journey as an individual and a writer, Sophie's troubl [...]

    • There is a lot going on in this book. There is the story of Sophie, a beautiful Polish woman deeply scarred by her past and the incredibly heart-wrenching choice she was forced to make while a prisoner at Auschwitz during the holocaust. There's the story of her present day, turbulent love affair with an often violent, drug-addicted man and all the many complexities involved in an abusive relationship. There's also a hint of the irony of segregation and racism in post WWII America. And there's an [...]

    • Read in the early eighties, this was a book that affected me in a profound, deeply personal way. Styron, along with so many authors of his generation, were the guides of the map that charted the course of a winding, long path. I found myself to be one of the willing seekers to their grail, inhaling all as I followed along. There I was, traipsing, skipping, meandering, flying, all the while, reading words into song, and these were from the Masters, these Mozart's and Beethoven's and Liszt's of ST [...]

    • First, I ran the race and finished! This author doesn't mind taking his time. The plot is adventurous to say the least. The story is the account ofdrum roll.wait for ite happenings in NYC, the South and a German Concentration camp. So, maybe I should give Styron a break on the length of the book. Why did it take me a long time to read? This book emotionally drained me and I literally could not read big chunks out of this without feeling my family would suffer from my depressed manner.

    • I know, I know. At the rate I'm going, I'll soon have abandoned more books than I've finished. I'm just not so keen on contemporary literature, I suppose. Fiction, for the most part, has become indistinguishable from magazine writing: pretentious yet self-deprecating, staccato ("relatable") language, a smattering of intellectual/poetic adornment, some social commentary, and the contents of your medicine cabinet--to show that this is an intimate communication between us. Sophie's Choice is all th [...]

    • I feel it difficult to describe this book without diminishing it's complexity and meaning. It's one of those reads that absorb you, won't let you go until you devour the last words and will haunt you long after you finish it. The main characters of the book, Stingo, Sophie and Nathan, are full of layers and represent to me the human nature itself. I couldn't but recognize myself in even the darkest of their feelings, thoughts and behavior. All that is represented by them - naivete, suffering, fe [...]

    • I love this novel. It was one of the few that transported me to a time and a place so completely that I lost my own self. The narrator, Stingo, says "I was aware of the large hollowness I carried within me. It was true that I had traveled great distances for one so young, but my spirit had remained land-locked, unacquainted with love and all but a stranger to death." He calls his journey to Brooklyn a "voyage of discovery" but I am verifiable proof that the discovery is not just his but ours. Wh [...]

    • Two stars is a bit of a disingenuous rating -- it's possibly best left unrated. At turns brilliant, and at other moments mind-numbing wading through thick, overladen prose -- the novel is as schizophrenic as Nathan.Definitely not in the Hemingway or Faulkner tradition as has been suggested by contemporary critical reviews of the text -- but, in a way this book is Styron's, and in turn Stingo's, longing to be part of that genealogy. There are much better crafted explorations of the themes that "S [...]

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