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Sophie's Choice

by William Styron

Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group | March 3, 1992 | Trade Paperback

Sophie's Choice is rated 5 out of 5 by 2.
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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 576 pages, 8 × 5.18 × 0.98 in

Published: March 3, 1992

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0679736379

ISBN - 13: 9780679736370

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from An amazing novel. This is probably the best Styron novel that I've read. It takes place post-WW2, where a young writer, Stingo resides at a boarding house and becomes fast friends with Sophie, a concentration camp survivor, and Nathan, her mentally unstable boyfriend. The storytelling on Sophie's part is out of this world. Though the novel is long, it is definitely well worth the read.
Date published: 2006-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning A superbly written book! Don't be intimidated by its length-this is a rare novel of passionate love and devastating evil. Sophie, the young, desperate heroine, has had a horrifying past in Europe during World War Two. We meet her in Brooklyn in 1947, where she resides with her lunatic lover, Nathan. This powerful story of Sophie, Nathan, and their friendship with Stingo, is one I highly recommend. Reader discretion advised.
Date published: 2000-03-07

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Sophie's Choice

by William Styron

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 576 pages, 8 × 5.18 × 0.98 in

Published: March 3, 1992

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0679736379

ISBN - 13: 9780679736370

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In those days cheap apartments were almost impossible to find in Manhattan, so I had to move to Brooklyn. This was in 1947, and one of the pleasant features of that summer which I so vividly remember was the weather, which was sunny and mild, flower-fragrant, almost as if the days had been arrested in a seemingly perpetual springtime. I was grateful for that if for nothing else, since my youth, I felt, was at its lowest ebb. At twenty-two, struggling to become some kind of writer, I found that the creative heat which at eighteen had nearly consumed me with its gorgeous, relentless flame had flickered out to a dim pilot light registering little more than a token glow in my breast, or wherever my hungriest aspirations once resided. It was not that I no longer wanted to write, I still yearned passionately to produce the novel which had been for so long captive in my brain. It was only that, having written down the first few fine paragraphs, I could not produce any others, or--to approximate Gertrude Stein''s remark about a lesser writer of the Lost Generation--I had the syrup but it wouldn''t pour. To make matters worse, I was out of a job and had very little money and was self-exiled to Flatbush--like others of my countrymen, another lean and lonesome young Southerner wandering amid the Kingdom of the Jews. Call me Stingo, which was the nickname I was known by in those days, if I was called anything at all. The name derives from my prep-school days down in my native state of Vi
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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.

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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.

About the Author

William Styron, 1925 - William Clark Styron was born June 11, 1925 in Newport News, Virginia to William Clark Styron, a marine engineer, and Pauline Abraham Styron, who died when he was thirteen years old. He was a descendent of the Stioring family that arrived in Virginia in 1650. He attended Duke University and took courses at the New School for Social Research in New York City, which started him on his writing career. Styron was a Marine lieutenant during World War II and while serving during the Korean War, was recalled from active duty because of faulty eyesight. In 1953, he married Rose Burgunder in Rome and they had four children. During high school, Styron wrote short stories for the school's newspaper. While attending college, he wrote poems for the literary magazine. After leaving the service, he helped start a magazine called the Paris Review in the city of lights and remained as an advisory editor. Styron's first novel was "Lie Down in Darkness" (1951) and was followed by "The Long March" (1955). In 1960, he published "Set This House on Fire," which tells how American expatriates got along in Italy during the 1950's. "The Confessions of Nat Turner" (1967), which won the Pulitzer Prize, tells the story in the narrative voice of the real life black leader during the 1831 slave uprising in Virginia. Perhaps the novel he's best known for is "Sophie's Choice" (1979), which tells the story of Sophie, who, during the Holocaust, had to choose between one of the lives of h
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In this ambitious bestseller (made into a major motion picture starring Meryl Streep), Styron tells of a young Southerner who wants to become a writer; of the turbulent love-hate affair between a brilliant Jew and a beautiful Polish woman; and of an awful wound in the woman's past, one that impels Sophie toward destruction. Reissue
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