For a better introduction to philosophy,
read Will Durant’s The Story of Philosophy
Will Durant was raised a Catholic but lost his faith when a priest told him at age fourteen that masturbation was a sin.
So don’t expect him to be sympathetic to theology. He isn’t. But I found his book very good.
A telling Amazon Customer Review of Sophie’s World:
Stilted artificial prose drags along mechanical summary, July 6, 1999
As a philosophy graduate, I expected to give to my daughter an entertaining, lively discussion of the great philosophical ideas I had explored at university; but I was greatly disappointed to read painfully wooden prose artificially linking a series of letters (from a mysterious writer) summarizing the history of western philosophy for the edification of a young girl who, in my opinion, couldn’t possibly understand most of the material.As a novel, the book is a disaster; as a summary of western philosophy, it is adequate, but I would recommend Father Copplestone’s far more academic explorations of the same material. My sixteen-year old daughter, incidentally, agrees with my appraisal.
Here’s another one. This is fun ! :D:D
Foolproof cure for insomnia…, June 12, 1999
This book is the most pathetic excuse for a novel I have ever encountered. This is obviously a texbook poorly disguised as a novel. The thought that I spent about ten weeks of my time in school reading and studying this book just makes me nauseous. I would also like to point out that the story line that this book is based on is poorly constructed and the ending is an obvious cop-out.
And now, the atom bomb ! :eek:
My Entire Book Club HATED it, March 20, 2010
By Connietrue Simons “Banshee” (West Jordan, UT United States)
We read Sophie’s World for my book club. Our group consists of three English teachers, two science teachers, a history teacher, a philosophy major, and an RN. We are not “fluff” readers, so we expected to enjoy this novel about philosophy. Boy, were we wrong!
None of us liked it. It read like an introduction to philosophy textbook with unbelievable characters. Most of us teach middle school and none of us believed Sophie’s incredible interest in philosophy, her amazing knack at grasping such ephemeral concepts so quickly, nor her close relationship to her “mentor.”
The idea of the outlying story was interesting, but poorly written. Both the imaginary and “real” worlds in Sophie’s World were so flat and unrealistic that it was impossible to reach the suspension of disbelief necessary to become engaged in the text. I would not recommend this book to anyone for any reason.
But did she like it? :rotfl: