It's not a joke or a mistake that I have this book listed as both "fiction" and "non-fiction" (categories that should be mutually exclusive).
This book...moreIt's not a joke or a mistake that I have this book listed as both "fiction" and "non-fiction" (categories that should be mutually exclusive).
This book turns out to be a very readable philosophy text tucked into a cute piece of fiction. The storyline that is used to carry you through the history of philosophy is a clever device but I would only give the book 3 stars for the fiction alone.
The reason I gave it a 4th star is the non-fiction information that you will (almost accidentally) learn. This book was loaned to me by a good friend (who just happened to be a University philosophy instructor - yes, I returned the book) and I took so long getting through the book because I couldn't just read it as fiction. I was compelled to make notes as I read (not by my friend but by the shear wealth of good information I encountered) and I learned more about philosophy by reading this book than I ever did in a college philosophy course.
EDIT: My good friend moved to another state and so I had to return her copy of Sophie's World to her. Because of the way I "studied" the book, I didn't make it all the way through before I had to return it. *Finally* I found a copy at a used book store and so I will be finishing it up in 2010. I expect the book will continue to be a fun and informative reading experience.(less)