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Sophie's Choice

William Styron

Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time "[One morning] in the early spring, I woke up with the remembrance of a girl I'd once known, Sophie. It was a very vivid half-dream, half-revelation, and all of a sudden I realized that hers was a story I had to tell." That very day, William Styron began writing the first chapter of Sophie's Choice. First published in 1979, this complex and ambitious novel opens with Stingo, a young southerner, journeying north in 1947 to become a writer. It leads us into his intellectual and emotional entanglement with his neighbors in a Brooklyn rooming house: Nathan, a tortured, brilliant Jew, and his lover, Sophie, a beautiful Polish woman whose wrist bears the grim tattoo of a concentration camp...and whose past is strewn with death that she alone survived. "Sophie's Choice is a passionate, courageous book...a philosophical novel on the most important subject of the twentieth century," said novelist and critic John Gardner in The New York Times Book Review. "One of the reasons Styron succeeds so well in Sophie's Choice is that, like Shakespeare (I think the comparison is not too grand), Styron knows how to cut away from the darkness of his material, so that when he turns to it again it strikes with increasing force....Sophie's Choice is a thriller of the highest order, all the more thrilling for the fact that the dark, gloomy secrets we are unearthing one by one--sorting through lies and terrible misunderstandings like a hand groping for a golden nugget in a rattlesnake's nest--may be authentic secrets of history and our own human nature." The Modern Library has played a significant role in American cultural life for the better part of a century. The series was founded in 1917 by the publishers Boni and Liveright and eight years later acquired by Bennett Cerf and Donald Klopfer. It provided the foun-dation for their next publishing venture, Random House. The Modern Library has been a staple of the American book trade, providing readers with affordab

Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time "[One morning] in the early spring, I woke up with the remembrance of a girl I'd once known, Sophie. It was a very vivid half-dream, half-revelation, and all of a sudden I realized that hers was a story I had to tell." That very day, William Styron began writing the first chapter of Sophie's Choice. First published in 1979, this complex and ambitious novel opens with Stingo, a young southerner, journeying north in 1947 to become a writer. It leads us into his intellectual and emotional entanglement with his neighbors in a Brooklyn rooming house: Nathan, a tortured, brilliant Jew, and his lover, Sophie, a beautiful Polish woman whose wrist bears the grim tattoo of a concentration camp...and whose past is strewn with death that she alone survived. "Sophie's Choice is a passionate, courageous book...a philosophical novel on the most important subject of the twentieth century," said novelist and critic John Gardner in The New York Times Book Review. "One of the reasons Styron succeeds so well in Sophie's Choice is that, like Shakespeare (I think the comparison is not too grand), Styron knows how to cut away from the darkness of his material, so that when he turns to it again it strikes with increasing force....Sophie's Choice is a thriller of the highest order, all the more thrilling for the fact that the dark, gloomy secrets we are unearthing one by one--sorting through lies and terrible misunderstandings like a hand groping for a golden nugget in a rattlesnake's nest--may be authentic secrets of history and our own human nature." The Modern Library has played a significant role in American cultural life for the better part of a century. The series was founded in 1917 by the publishers Boni and Liveright and eight years later acquired by Bennett Cerf and Donald Klopfer. It provided the foun-dation for their next publishing venture, Random House. The Modern Library has been a staple of the American book trade, providing readers with affordab
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time "[One morning] in the early spring, I woke up with the remembrance of a girl I'd once known, Sophie. It was a very vivid half-dream, half-revelation, and all of a sudden I realized that hers was a story I had to tell." That very day, William Styron began writing the first chapter of Sophie's Choice. First published in 1979, this complex and ambitious novel opens with Stingo, a young southerner, journeying north in 1947 to become a writer. It leads us into his intellectual and emotional entanglement with his neighbors in a Brooklyn rooming house: Nathan, a tortured, brilliant Jew, and his lover, Sophie, a beautiful Polish woman whose wrist bears the grim tattoo of a concentration camp...and whose past is strewn with death that she alone survived. "Sophie's Choice is a passionate, courageous book...a philosophical novel on the most important subject of the twentieth century," said novelist and critic John Gardner in The New York Times Book Review. "One of the reasons Styron succeeds so well in Sophie's Choice is that, like Shakespeare (I think the comparison is not too grand), Styron knows how to cut away from the darkness of his material, so that when he turns to it again it strikes with increasing force....Sophie's Choice is a thriller of the highest order, all the more thrilling for the fact that the dark, gloomy secrets we are unearthing one by one--sorting through lies and terrible misunderstandings like a hand groping for a golden nugget in a rattlesnake's nest--may be authentic secrets of history and our own human nature." The Modern Library has played a significant role in American cultural life for the better part of a century. The series was founded in 1917 by the publishers Boni and Liveright and eight years later acquired by Bennett Cerf and Donald Klopfer. It provided the foun-dation for their next publishing venture, Random House. The Modern Library has been a staple of the American book trade, providing readers with affordab

Language:

English

Narrators:

Norman Snow

Length:

2h 54m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

02:52


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:19


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:28


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

01:34


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

01:23


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:30


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:57


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

02:41


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:11


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:12


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:18


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

02:38


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

02:03


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

03:11


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:05


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:22


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

02:04


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:14


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

01:59


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

02:07


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

02:51


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:58


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

02:54


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

02:18


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:19


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

02:00


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

01:44


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

02:35


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:08


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:14


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:50


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:27


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:32


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:27


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

02:36


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:10


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

02:39


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

02:09


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:47


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:50


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

01:55


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:40


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:02


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:59


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

03:48


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:09


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:29


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

01:48


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:09


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:53