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Sophie’s World: A Novel About the History of Philosophy by Jostein Gaarder

Yes, that is a giant rabbit statue in my neighbor’s yard 🐇🌿📖 

…They have one of the most whimsical gardens I’ve ever seen. Honestly, I wish I could show it to you guys. When I first moved to this neighborhood it stopped me dead it my tracks, and I always bring people by when they visit!

SO, this spot is most fitting for one of my favorite books of all time. (And not just because of the uncannily matching cover haha.) I took it out with me yesterday on my walk just to make a photo for the 🌿books in the wild🌿 prompt of our #bookpartychallenge 


It couldn’t be more perfect, because Sophie’s World: A Novel About the History of Philosophy by Jostein Gaarder is a wild ride. 

It begins with Sophie Amundsen, a 14-year old girl, finding a mysterious letter in her mailbox addressed to her, which when she opens it says simply, “Who are you?” 

From there, we take the tumble with her into the proverbial rabbit hole of what it means to exist.

The novel is an existential, metafictional, magical realist, Alice-in-Wonderland-eque journey through the ✨entire✨ history of philosophy. It explores the mysteries of life, and it is a darn good mystery in itself.

Forgive the adjective overload, but it is truly all of those things bundled up in one exceedingly rad book.

I read it for the first time at 18, and my mind was blown. Since then, I have read it many times, and recommended or gifted it to more people than probably any other book (other than White Oleander, but they are in totally different realms).

It is a bestseller in Norway, and most of Europe, I believe, but so few people I’ve met have even heard of it around here!

Has anybody else read it? If so, what did you think??

(P.s. this is that book my typewriter tattoo comes from 😜)


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