Jostein Gaarder's novel is a thinly veiled attempt to teach the basic history of western thought and philosophy. He succeeds doubly bI love this book.
Jostein Gaarder's novel is a thinly veiled attempt to teach the basic history of western thought and philosophy. He succeeds doubly because the work he produced is both didactic and interesting. The plot of the book, i.e., Sophie's story, doesn't matter very much. They're just a vehicle - a transition, if you will, between the chapters discussing different philosophical movements throughout the western hemishpere. There is a bit of discussion of how the schools of thought differ from each other thrown in also. From Aristotle, Socrates, to Descartes, the Epicureans....it's all in there.
Of course, Mr. Gaarder is not able to fully explore and unpack each philosophy mentioned in the book, but he does an excellent job of laying down their basic principles and giving some context as to how these tenets arose. What he did especially well was to situate these movements in their history - so that one could follow these great thinkers/movements and understand how/why they arrived at various philosophies. And from time to time, historical people and facts would pop up to make said context and even 'realer' - I do even believe there was a mention of Paul of Tarsus in there somewhere! (view spoiler)[ It had me so shocked I reached immediately for my Bible and lo and behold - Paul was quoting the Epicureans! (hide spoiler)]
Totally recommended for lay students of philosophy. Heck, for college students taking Philosophy 101, I'd venture to say this book will help a great deal and probably be more interesting than your assigned reading. Also recommended for anyone really. In fact, for such a pedantic book, the narration is simple, clear, informative, factual, and interesting, a fact that cannot be overstated.
This book got me thinking about the fundamental and unquestioned theories that directed my life and our societies in general- at a time when I wasn't interested in Philosophy or theories. I was looking for a good time when I picked it up, and I got that and so much more. .
A very remarkable book, whose whole is so much more than the sum of its parts. Surprising and outstanding. Made of win.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I read this book a very long time ago, and also when I was very young - 12-14, I believe. I knew a few bare facts about racism, and the history of slaI read this book a very long time ago, and also when I was very young - 12-14, I believe. I knew a few bare facts about racism, and the history of slavery. I also think I had a vague knowledge of the African American struggle, but I don't remember too well. I do remember that the story had a very strong, very visceral impact on me. One of my first encounters with/about racism and being black in America. I think I cried in my reading. I haven't ever forgotten the cover, or the title, or Cassie, and Stacey and their family.
I read the second book in series, right after this one, but that is where it stopped. I couldn't deal with all the raw, visceral emotion Ms. Mildred's book elicited, and the grim realities of life back then that she painted. I absolutely cannot imagine what strength it must have taken just to live in the US during the Jim Crow era. Can't do it.
I am not too sure I can pick this book up today, even.
Haven't ever forgotten Ms. Taylor (if nothing for the fact that my dad had wanted to call me Mildred when I was born, hehe). ...more
This book marked a terrible end to a fantastic series. I remember feeling duped when I finished it. Duped and angry. The author's vitriolic tirade andThis book marked a terrible end to a fantastic series. I remember feeling duped when I finished it. Duped and angry. The author's vitriolic tirade and the terrible ending spoiled this series for me. Never again will a Philip Pullman book grace my hands, nor a recommendation for his books pass my lips....more
We read Art for my French class. It is a good book for people who feel fairly comfortable with (intermediate French) and are looking to expand their kWe read Art for my French class. It is a good book for people who feel fairly comfortable with (intermediate French) and are looking to expand their knowledge/vocab while enjoying a good story.
The play itself is very good, and does speak to larger issues of tact, courtesy, common sense, and he meaning of friendship....more