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''Sophie's World'' (Norwegian: 'Sofies verden') is a novel by JosteinGaarder about a Norwegian girl, Sophie Amundsen, who one day starts receiving letters with philosophy lessons from a mysterious stranger. Together they explore the entire history of philosophy, and find out more about who they are themselves. It is a lot less dry than it sounds, thanks to the personality of Sophie and a big twist near the end.

The story is full of mysteries. Who is Alberto Knox, the philosophy teacher? Why would a UN major send his daughter Hilde postcards by way of Sophie, who doesn't know either of them? How do Hilde's scarf and other objects find their way into Sophie's world?

Originally written in Norwegian, ''Sophie's World'' has been translated into 54 languages. There is a little known but [[PragmaticAdaptation surprisingly faithful]] and [[AdaptationDistillation good]] [[TheFilmOfTheBook movie adaptation]] made in the late 1990s. A computer game was also based on the novel.

The book is both a mystery novel and a fun philosophy course in itself, so it is heavily recommended as an introduction or refresher to philosophy, for both children (not too young, of course) and adults.

{{Spiritualized}}'s MagnumOpus ''Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space'' is named after a line from it.
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!!This novel contains the following tropes:

* ArcWords: "Happy birthday, Hilde!"
* AuthorAvatar: [[spoiler: Alberto Knox, for Major Albert Knag.]]
* ConversationalTroping: Sophie and Alberto talk about almost all the PhilosophyTropes on the list. They also talk about some PsychologyTropes.
* FakeCrossover: Late in the story, all kinds of famous fictional characters, including [[Literature/AliceInWonderland Alice Liddell]] and Literature/WinnieThePooh, show up for brief cameos. This is, however, after Sophie [[spoiler:has discovered that she herself is a fictional character, and now her author is just messing around and throwing all kinds of surreal stuff into the story,]] so it can hardly be said to be canon for any of the other characters.
** Still, the ending reveals that [[spoiler:all fictional characters are, in a sense, real, and can and do meet each other outside their stories, so the "fake" part might get a little blurry there.]]
* FramingDevice: [[spoiler: All of Sophie's world is in fact imaginary and conjured up by the major to give to his daughter Hilde as a birthday present by way of a book.]]
* GainaxEnding: Your head will be ''spinning''.
* HandWave: "A bagatelle, Sophie."
* InsignificantLittleBluePlanet: Hilde and Albert's conversation at the end.
* InstructionalDialogue: Most of the novel is taken up by a dialogue that summarizes the entirety of Western philosophy from the Pre-Socratics to Sartre.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Sophie and Alberto, eventually.
* LittleMissSnarker: Sophie.
* MeaningfulName: {{Lampshaded}} with Sophie, Alberto, and Hilde.
* MediumAwareness: Alberto. He's aware that he and Sophie are [[spoiler: characters in the major's book]], at points even going as far as saying "Next chapter!" and telling Sophie not to talk to him so he can work on his plan while [[spoiler: the book isn't focused on him]].
* MetaFiction
* MindScrew: The book can drift into this occasionally.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall [[spoiler:/ NoticingTheFourthWall]]
* [[spoiler: NestedStoryReveal]]
* NiceHat: Alberto
* RecursiveReality: [[spoiler: The major's book]], the content of which is actually identical to the actual book [[spoiler: up until the point where Hilde comes in]].
* ShowWithinAShow: [[spoiler: But the reader is introduced to the inner show first.]]
* SignificantBirthDate: June the fifteenth, which is both Sophie and Hilde's birthday.
* TrashTheSet: A literalute example happens in [[spoiler:the last chapter of Sophie's "world" (i.e., the one made up by the major)]].
* WalkingTheEarth ''and Walking Entire Eras of Human History To Observe Various Human Philosophies and Ideologies''

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''Sophie's World'' (Norwegian: 'Sofies verden') is a novel by JosteinGaarder about a Norwegian girl, Sophie Amundsen, who one day starts receiving letters with philosophy lessons from a mysterious stranger. Together they explore the entire history of philosophy, and find out more about who they are themselves. It is a lot less dry than it sounds, thanks to the personality of Sophie and a big twist near the end.

The story is full of mysteries. Who is Alberto Knox, the philosophy teacher? Why would a UN major send his daughter Hilde postcards by way of Sophie, who doesn't know either of them? How do Hilde's scarf and other objects find their way into Sophie's world?

Originally written in Norwegian, ''Sophie's World'' has been translated into 54 languages. There is a little known but [[PragmaticAdaptation surprisingly faithful]] and [[AdaptationDistillation good]] [[TheFilmOfTheBook movie adaptation]] made in the late 1990s. A computer game was also based on the novel.

The book is both a mystery novel and a fun philosophy course in itself, so it is heavily recommended as an introduction or refresher to philosophy, for both children (not too young, of course) and adults.

{{Spiritualized}}'s MagnumOpus ''Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space'' is named after a line from it.
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!!This novel contains the following tropes:

* ArcWords: "Happy birthday, Hilde!"
* AuthorAvatar: [[spoiler: Alberto Knox, for Major Albert Knag.]]
* ConversationalTroping: Sophie and Alberto talk about almost all the PhilosophyTropes on the list. They also talk about some PsychologyTropes.
* FakeCrossover: Late in the story, all kinds of famous fictional characters, including [[Literature/AliceInWonderland Alice Liddell]] and Literature/WinnieThePooh, show up for brief cameos. This is, however, after Sophie [[spoiler:has discovered that she herself is a fictional character, and now her author is just messing around and throwing all kinds of surreal stuff into the story,]] so it can hardly be said to be canon for any of the other characters.
** Still, the ending reveals that [[spoiler:all fictional characters are, in a sense, real, and can and do meet each other outside their stories, so the "fake" part might get a little blurry there.]]
* FramingDevice: [[spoiler: All of Sophie's world is in fact imaginary and conjured up by the major to give to his daughter Hilde as a birthday present by way of a book.]]
* GainaxEnding: Your head will be ''spinning''.
* HandWave: "A bagatelle, Sophie."
* InsignificantLittleBluePlanet: Hilde and Albert's conversation at the end.
* InstructionalDialogue: Most of the novel is taken up by a dialogue that summarizes the entirety of Western philosophy from the Pre-Socratics to Sartre.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Sophie and Alberto, eventually.
* LittleMissSnarker: Sophie.
* MeaningfulName: {{Lampshaded}} with Sophie, Alberto, and Hilde.
* MediumAwareness: Alberto. He's aware that he and Sophie are [[spoiler: characters in the major's book]], at points even going as far as saying "Next chapter!" and telling Sophie not to talk to him so he can work on his plan while [[spoiler: the book isn't focused on him]].
* MetaFiction
* MindScrew: The book can drift into this occasionally.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall [[spoiler:/ NoticingTheFourthWall]]
* [[spoiler: NestedStoryReveal]]
* NiceHat: Alberto
* RecursiveReality: [[spoiler: The major's book]], the content of which is actually identical to the actual book [[spoiler: up until the point where Hilde comes in]].
* ShowWithinAShow: [[spoiler: But the reader is introduced to the inner show first.]]
* SignificantBirthDate: June the fifteenth, which is both Sophie and Hilde's birthday.
* TrashTheSet: A literalute example happens in [[spoiler:the last chapter of Sophie's "world" (i.e., the one made up by the major)]].
* WalkingTheEarth ''and Walking Entire Eras of Human History To Observe Various Human Philosophies and Ideologies''

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7th Oct '13 10:33:38 PM kufat
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WildMassGuessing had it that the book is in fact written by Creator/RoaldDahl or written under his command.
10th Feb '13 9:36:51 AM TheMightyHeptagon
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* AuthorAvatar: [[spoiler: Alberto Knox, for Major Albert Knag.]]
6th Jul '12 1:46:25 PM LordGro
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* FakeCrossover: Late in the story, all kinds of famous fictional characters, including [[AliceInWonderland Alice Liddell]] and WinnieThePooh, show up for brief cameos. This is, however, after Sophie [[spoiler:has discovered that she herself is a fictional character, and now her author is just messing around and throwing all kinds of surreal stuff into the story,]] so it can hardly be said to be canon for any of the other characters.

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* FakeCrossover: Late in the story, all kinds of famous fictional characters, including [[AliceInWonderland [[Literature/AliceInWonderland Alice Liddell]] and WinnieThePooh, Literature/WinnieThePooh, show up for brief cameos. This is, however, after Sophie [[spoiler:has discovered that she herself is a fictional character, and now her author is just messing around and throwing all kinds of surreal stuff into the story,]] so it can hardly be said to be canon for any of the other characters.
21st Jun '12 9:05:35 PM MSPachina
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''Sophie's World'' (Norwegian: 'Sofies verden') is a novel by JosteinGaarder about a Norwegian girl, Sophie Amundsen, who one day starts receiving letters with philosophy lessons from a mysterious stranger. Together they explore the entire history of philosophy, and find out more about who they are themselves. It is [[BetterThanItSounds a lot less dry than it sounds]], thanks to the personality of Sophie and a big twist near the end.

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''Sophie's World'' (Norwegian: 'Sofies verden') is a novel by JosteinGaarder about a Norwegian girl, Sophie Amundsen, who one day starts receiving letters with philosophy lessons from a mysterious stranger. Together they explore the entire history of philosophy, and find out more about who they are themselves. It is [[BetterThanItSounds a lot less dry than it sounds]], sounds, thanks to the personality of Sophie and a big twist near the end.
18th Jun '12 6:51:25 AM FELH2
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WildMassGuessing had it that the book is in fact written by RoaldDahl or written under his command.

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WildMassGuessing had it that the book is in fact written by RoaldDahl Creator/RoaldDahl or written under his command.
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* InstructionalDialogue: Most of the novel is taken up by a dialogue that summarizes the entirety of Western philosophy from the Pre-Socratics to Sartre.

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* InstructionalDialogue: Most of the novel is taken up by a dialogue that summarizes the entirety of Western philosophy from the Pre-Socratics to Sartre.



* SignificantBirthDate: June the fifteenth, which is both Sophie and Hilde's birthday.

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* SignificantBirthDate: June the fifteenth, which is both Sophie and Hilde's birthday.



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28th Apr '12 10:47:56 AM AmbystomaMaculatum
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* [[spoiler: NestedStoryReveal]]



* ShowWithinAShow: [[spoiler: Unique in that the reader is introduced to the SWAS first.]]

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* ShowWithinAShow: [[spoiler: Unique in that But the reader is introduced to the SWAS inner show first.]]
11th Mar '12 11:04:38 AM AmbystomaMaculatum
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* [[spoiler:ShowWithinAShow: Unique in that the reader is introduced to the SWAS first.]]

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* [[spoiler:ShowWithinAShow: ShowWithinAShow: [[spoiler: Unique in that the reader is introduced to the SWAS first.]]
11th Mar '12 11:03:46 AM AmbystomaMaculatum
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*[[spoiler:ShowWithinAShow: Unique in that the reader is introduced to the SWAS first.]]
23rd Feb '12 7:55:26 PM Dimonite
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* MeaningfulName: {{Lampshaded}} with Sophie, Alberto, and Hilde.
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