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Sophie's Choice

Sophie's Choice

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In this extraordinary novel, Stingo, an inexperienced twenty-two year old Southerner, takes us back to the summer of 1947 and a boarding house in a leafy Brooklyn suburb. There, he meets Nathan, a fiery Jewish intellectual; and Sophie, a beautiful and fragile Polish Catholic. Stingo is drawn into the heart of their passionate and destructive relationship as witness, confidant and supplicant. Ultimately, he arrives at the dark core of Sophie's past: her memories of pre-war Poland, the concentration camp and - the essence of her terrible secret - her choice.

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Vintage Publication Date: 05/02/2004 ISBN-13: 9780099470441  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Born in Newport News, Virginia, in 1925, William Styron was educated at Duke University. He served in the Marine Corps during the last war, and was recalled to service during the Korean War. After 1952, he lived mainly in Europe, before settling in a rural part of Connecticut. He died in 2006.

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This complex novel explores 'survivor guilt' in the wake of the Holocaust. It centres on a scene in Auschwitz where Sophie Zawistowski, a Polish Catholic, is told on arrival that she must choose which of her two children to keep with her and which will be taken and killed. Set in 1947, Sophie, now in a love-hate relationship with Nathan Landau, an American Jew, tells the story of her experiences in the camp to their friend, having never before spoken of her past.

Judith Allnatt - 11/02/2014

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A Brooklyn boarding house is the scene for a friendship between a young man newly arrived from the south and a tempestuous couple, the aggressively intellectual Nathan and the ethereal Sophie. The profound sorrow that casts its shadow over this capricious young woman is the tragic legacy of her previous abasement as a prisoner in Auschwitz, as she strove to preserve the lives of her children.

- Jonathan

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 22/01/2014

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