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by 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 affordable hard-bound editions of important works of liter-ature and thought. For the Modern Library's seventy-fifth anniversary, Random House redesigned the series, restoring as its emblem the running torchbearer created by Lucian Bernhard in 1925 and refurbishing jackets, bindings, and type, as well as inau-gurating a new program of selecting titles. The Modern Library continues to provide the world's best books, at the best prices.
Download Sophie's Choice (Modern Library 100 Best Novels) epub
ISBN: 0679602895
ISBN13: 978-0679602897
Category: Literature
Subcategory: History & Criticism
Author: William Styron
Language: English
Publisher: Modern Library (March 10, 1998)
Pages: 599 pages
ePUB size: 1956 kb
FB2 size: 1612 kb
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 734
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A beautiful Polish Catholic survivor of Auschwitz, her Jewish Brooklynite boyfriend, and a young writer from Tidewater Virginia become best friends and spend a memorable summer of 1947 together. It's a story of sex, drugs,booze, and holocaust memories in the time soon after WWII.
Styron had an impressive command of the English language which he mixed with occasional locker room slang to produce a very readable and absorbing novel, with humor sprinkled through the otherwise serious tome. It is a long book but memorable.
This book is a masterpiece. Any work by William Styron is a masterpiece. He wrote the great American novel - several times over. He may not have set out to do that - but every word he wrote - every chapter read - every book devoured is a completely awesome experience for the reader. After reading this book, or any of his other books - most others will pale by comparison. Of course, if every author was a genius then this author would be status quo - but of course that is not the case. Pick up any of his works, sit right down and be prepared to be awed. And they are books you will reread because you just can't stop yourself.
One of the best books I've ever read. Beautiful prose and storytelling, I read this book five times hoping, as a fledgling writer, I could come close to the beauty of the writing. Although a tragic story with a heart-wrenching moment when the reader finds out the choice Sophie had to make, it contrasts her experiences in a Nazi concentration camp with her modern life in New York. Light-hearted moments in the book help make the tragic moments more palatable.
A dictionary will be helpful insomuch as Styron has such a vast ease with the English language. Expansive in scope and quality, he really takes readers on a wonderful ride.

This gutwrenching story of the title character is emotionally charged. Further, comparisons between the Holocaust and American slavery is compelling in demonstrating humanity's propensity for evil.

Well worth your time.
This was the 52nd book I’ve read since February, 2017, and it was far and away the best. Pathos without end, it’s the story of three friends living in Brooklyn soon after World War II. Stingo, an aspiring author, moves into a boarding house where he meets and becomes fast friends with Sophie and her boyfriend, Nathan. Sophie is a survivor of the horrors of Auschwitz, and much of the story unfolds as she tells Stingo about her time in Poland before the war, then the horror of the camp. The other main storyline is the relationship between Sophie and Nathan, and how Stingo becomes their friend. It’s not only the best novel I’ve read this year, it is now an all-time favorite. You may need tissue.
Hard, difficult reading....was finding myself to try a skim through sections of his philisophical verbage, just to get to the story. But little tidbits were hidden in his long winded ranting and had to read it to get the story. Deep and tough like Dreisers American Tragedy, but a lot less readable. Good book to put me asleep at night - usually did get through more than 2-3 kindle pages before sleeping. Too long.
This is the first time I’ve tackled a Styron novel – and I use the word “tackled” deliberately. As you might expect from the reputation of both the novel and the novelist, this is no light read. Not in its subject matter nor in its literary style. As an avid reader and an author, I like to think I have a pretty decent vocabulary, but I have never used my Kindle’s dictionary so often. But I didn’t mind as I could tell from the get-go that I was in the hands of a writer who had long mastered the use of the English language and used every bit of it to tell a dark and complex, non-linear story.