Teaser Tuesdays: Sophie’s World


This week’s teaser is from Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder – a thinly disguised philosophy text masquerading as a novel.

Life is both sad and solemn. We are led into a wonderful world, we meet one another here, greet each other—and wander together for a brief moment. Then we lose each other and disappear as suddenly and unreasonably as we arrived.

~ Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder

This book is full of some wonderful philosophical gems like the one I have posted above. Have you read this book? What did you think about it? I am a little torn. I like the philosophic insights but the story leaves me cold. I am midway through the book now and am hoping that the plot will go somewhere interesting pretty soon.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:


  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
  • My sister bought this years ago for herself but I don’t think she ever finished it. She gave it to me and until now I haven’t had the chance to read it. That quote you shared got me interested though. I think I need to read it this year.

    • Nishita

      @fiveeyedbookworm:disqus there’s a lot of existentialist angst in the second part of the book, which is quite fun to read, and it’s nice to learn about all the philosophical debates. However, if you studied philosophy in school or college, this book might not be that interesting.

  • I’m ashamed to say I didn’t make it the end of this book when I tried…

    • Nishita

      @disqus_mUBrEiIQ5D:disqus The first half is slow, but the second part is interesting. It’s not a book for everyone though, and I did find issues with the writing style.

  • Book Loving Mommy

    I remember reading this book in my philosophy class in college. I hated it then but think I should maybe give it another try 🙂 Here is my TT: http://booklovingmommy.blogspot.com/2014/04/teaser-tuesday-opal-lux-3-by-jennifer-l.html

  • LoveBites AndSilk

    Very thought-provoking and kind of saddening too. Thanks for sharing. Here’s my teaser


  • readingtheend

    I enjoyed Sophie’s World once I started reading it as a more-than-usually engaging philosophy textbook. Actually, this post is making me want to read it again and refresh my memory of the history of philosophy — I think I gave away my copy though. :/

    • Nishita

      @readingtheend:disqus I think I needed to just get into the style. I found the earlier bits of the book a bit hard but the middle is quite engrossing and I am quite curious how he ends it all.

      I peeked at the end but I didn’t understand anything about what happens.

  • Monique

    Some books are full of philosophical gems like that. Will be good to see your review. Here’s mine: http://writenotereviews.com/2014/04/15/teaser-tuesday/

  • Juli Rahel

    That is so tragically sad! I mean, I do think it’s true. What makes some meetings so special is exactly that you aren’t with them for the rest of your life! Thanks for sharing 🙂 Hope you have a good weekend!My First Chapter, First Paragraph & Teaser
    Juli @ Universe in Words

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