This award-winning novel of love, survival, and agonizing regret in post–WWII Brooklyn “belongs on that small shelf reserved for American masterpieces” (The Washington Post Book World).
Winner of the National Book Award and a modern classic, Sophie’s Choice centers on three characters: Stingo, a sexually frustrated aspiring novelist; Nathan, his charismatic but violent Jewish neighbor; and Sophie, an Auschwitz survivor who is Nathan’s lover. Their entanglement in one another’s lives will build to a stirring revelation of agonizing secrets that will change them forever.
Poetic in its execution, and epic in its emotional sweep, Sophie’s Choice explores the good and evil of humanity through Stingo’s burgeoning worldliness, Nathan’s volatile personality, and Sophie’s tragic past. Mixing elements from Styron’s own experience with themes of the Holocaust and the history of slavery in the American South, the novel is a profound and haunting human drama, representing Styron at the pinnacle of his literary brilliance.
This ebook features an illustrated biography of William Styron, including original letters, rare photos, and never-before-seen documents from the Styron family and the Duke University Archives.
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Lesser problems too: the clumsy narrative shifts in the Auschwitz flashbacks, the impossibly ornate dialogue...Still, with all that said, Styron is a born writer, and when he's just storytelling...there's enough detailed, vigorous, sheer readability here...Read Full Review of Sophie's Choice | See more reviews from Kirkus
Sophies Choice, like Russia according to former English Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. Dont skip ahead to find out what happens. Dont look for the meaning of the title. Read from the beginning and go through the layers...Read Full Review of Sophie's Choice
Styron's imagination astonishes again and again, exploring the human evils that are his recurring nightmares. In prose as dark and vital as blood, he shows no mercy to either his characters or readers.Read Full Review of Sophie's Choice
Stingo speaks with a distinctive voice and the choice Sophie is compelled to make is horrible and compelling, but somehow we never really connect with the three main characters.Read Full Review of Sophie's Choice
A powerfully moving account of the Holocaust is paired with a complex and distressing portrait of a tortured relationship in this seminal tragedy.Read Full Review of Sophie's Choice
I also find the elevated prose contrasts wonderfully with Stingo's twenty-two-year old sexual frustration to hilarious effect.Read Full Review of Sophie's Choice
...that crucial moment Sophie faces was of course the most affecting, the kind of scene that, as Gardner says, continually comes back “with astonishing vividness — perhaps the most obvious mark of a masterpiece.”Read Full Review of Sophie's Choice
The characters are so complete, between the balance of likability and flaw. Stingo is naive and a people-pleaser...Read Full Review of Sophie's Choice
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