“Styron’s most impressive performance…Belongs on that small shelf reserved for American masterpieces.” —Washington Post Book World
Winner of the 1980 National Book Award, Sophie’s Choice is William Styron’s classic novel of love, survival, and regret, set in Brooklyn in the wake of the Second World War. The novel centers on three characters: Stingo, a sexually frustrated...more
Popular Answered Questions
So, I finished…moreYes, on the same boat. After working hard to reach half of this book, I decided to turn pages only reading when the main names appeared.
So, I finished (in just 2 hours after this !) and my conclusion is this classic is a classic because of the main theme (holocaust). Boring book.(less)
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 ...more
He kindly stopped for me;
The carriage held but just ourselves
And Immortality.” Emily Dickinson
Styron 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 an a ...more
This 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, 1979
The gate to Auschwitz, where those in charge choose who lives and who dies
Life 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 ...more
The narration was clumsy and over-explanatory. Do you really have to recap an event that you just nar ...more
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-...more
Despite its prevalence in the cultural landscape, I’m not going to assum ...more
OK, 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 ...more
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 ...more
"In my career as a ...more
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 ...more
A writer once said (I think it was Vonnegut) ...more
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. HAHA!
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 ...more
adventurous to say the least. The story is the account of.....drum roll....wait for it......the 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 ma ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The query: "At Auschwitz, tell me, where was God?"
And the answer: "Where was man?”