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Sophie's Choice by William Styron
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Aug 10, 2012

it was amazing
Read from March 22 to August 06, 2012 — I own a copy

This poignant piece of literature by William Styron is one of the most moving novels written in the 20th Century. We follow three complex and distinct characters as they negotiate life in
Post-WWII America, each flawed and wounded in desperate ways. Stingo is the naïve from the South who escaped his childhood exposure to racism and bigotry only to be forced to confront the ultimate in human hatred after befriending a woman with a number tattooed on her arm. Nathan is a vibrant, though mysterious, Jewish man who vacillates between extremes. And of course the character most mesmerizing is the heartbreakingly wounded Polish woman named Sophie, whose story unfolds in sporadic time with tremendous honesty and sorrow. The novel is about the Holocaust and how, or if, it can ever be forgotten. Styron writes with a style that leaves a sentimental reader unable to breathe at times while interspersing glimpses of a future that exists beyond the pain for his characters. Kafka once wrote, “I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us,” and this novel is without a doubt one of those books.

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