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Publisher's 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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Critic Reviews

"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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By J. Flynn on 07-25-16

THIS IS ABRIDGED

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

shame on me for not noticing it was abridged before I purchased. I don't understand why they would abridge any book. you miss so much including what the authors intent was for the reader.<br/>there were so beautiful lines in it and it was a powerful story (the small part I heard!)<br/>the narrator had a great voice

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful


By Jay Day on 08-18-16

ABRIDGING IS A CRIME

Would you try another book from William Styron and/or Norman Snow?

Yes

What could William Styron have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

no

Which character – as performed by Norman Snow – was your favorite?

stingo

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

i loved the book. the editing was a crime

Any additional comments?

To abridge a book of this quality and magnitude is a crime against literature.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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By Alex on 01-22-15

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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1 of 1 people found this review helpful


By MISS R. SUR on 06-26-17

Powerful

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

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