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Summary

In this brilliant, multi-layered novel, a young Southerner, Stingo, wants to become a writer. In Brooklyn, he meets Nathan, a brilliant Jewish intellectual involved in a turbulent love-hate affair with Sophie, a beautiful Polish woman. She has a terrible wound in her past, one that impels both Sophie and Nathan toward destruction.
©1982 William Styron (P)2007 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

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"No reader of Sophie's Choice can doubt that Styron has put immense energy into trying to understand and deal justly with the evils in American history and the European Holocaust, to say nothing of the evil (as well as the good) in his characters....Scene after scene comes back now, long after I last read the book, with astonishing vividness - perhaps the most obvious mark of a masterpiece." (John Gardner)

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Terrible abridgment

This is an interesting if oddly written story, but the abridgement totally ruins it. It is not done at all sensitively and really takes you out of the story.

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Sad and funny

What a horrible choice to have to make. Heart rending. It's horrible what people can do to other people for a stupid philosophy.

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Powerful

My first audiobook but really was impressed. The novel is sad, but grips you straight away.