Stingo, the narrator, is a southern boy, born and bred, who moved to new york with the ambition of becoming a writer. William styrons novel of choices, hobsons and otherwise this novel was chosen by members of on the southern literary trail as a group read for september, 2014. Pakulas theatrical treatment of sophies choice was a miscalculation, but im not convinced that it was. Complete summary of william styrons sophie s choice. Buy sophies choice vintage classics new ed by styron, william isbn. The book would be unsuitable for younger readers because of its explicit treatment of sex. Instead, he picked william styrons sophies choice, which runs almost 600 pages and couldnt be more different from a reacher novel in style and structure. Sophies choice, novel by william styron, published in 1979, that examines the historical, moral, and psychological ramifications of the holocaust through the. Sophie s choice 1979 is one of william styrons betterremembered novels. If that is the type of writing that appeals to you, i recommend you read this book even if, like me, you find. While styrons writing is top notch, there was nobody in the book who was normal.
It is described as an american classic or historical fiction, though it falls squarely into the category of adult literary fiction. Sophie has left him a note, saying she has gone back to nathan, but that stingo is a great. Sophies choice novel project gutenberg selfpublishing. A central element of the novels plot, the personally catastrophic choice referred to in the title, is said to have been inspired by a. Sophie s choice tells the story of three young friends who lived in brooklyn in 1947. Sophies choice is narrated by stingo, a novelist who is recalling the summer when he began his first novel. He selected william styrons 1979 novel, sophies choice, and will lead a.
Of course, the film feels longer than it is, and pakulas style. Stingo, a novelist who is recalling the summer when he began his first novel, has been fired from his lowlevel. William styron, the wellknown american novelist, received the pulitzer prize in 1967 for the confessions of nat turner. Flashbacks reveal her harrowing story, from prewar prosperity to auschwitz. In the present, sophie and nathans relationship increasingly unravels as stingo. William styrons 1979 novel sophies choice consists of a story within a. Sophies choice vintage classics william styron isbn. Sophies choice questions and answers discover the community of teachers, mentors and students just like you that can answer any question you might have on sophies choice. Twentytwoyearold stingo is a southern transplant trying to make his way in.
It concerns the relation between three people sharing a boarding house in brooklyn. They sleep together that night, but stingo wakes up alone. In this sophie s choice excerpt he describes a young polish mother, sophie, with her two small children, being transported in a crowded train by german soldiers during world war ii to auschwitz, the nazi concentration camp. Stingo, a young aspiring writer from the south who befriends the jewish nathan landau and his beautiful lover sophie, a polish survivor of the german nazi concentration camps.
The whole time i kept trying to love the story and the characters, since its supposedly a classicbut unfortunately it never happened. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Once she has told him, sophie asks stingo not to talk about marriage and children. Stingo, a young aspiring writer from the south, and the jewish scientist nathan landau and his lover sophie, a polish catholic survivor of the german nazi concentration camps, whom he befriends. Nathan attacks stingos writing, claiming that it amounts to the first. It concerns the relationships between three people sharing a boarding house in brooklyn. It contains the major themes of his previous fiction, embodying his loves of the south and of literature, his experience of war, and his quest.
Sophies choice, novel by william styron, published in 1979, that examines the historical, moral, and psychological ramifications of the holocaust through the tragic life of a roman catholic survivor of auschwitz set in the late 1940s, the novel is narrated by stingo, a young southern writer who is the authors thinly veiled alter ego. A frightened polish mother stands in line for the german concentration camps, holding her young daughter while her young son huddles closely. His stifling ninetofive job at a publishing company kills his spirit and his hopes, and the. The plot ultimately centers on a tragic decision which sophie was. Reading strategies for sophies choice wsj book club. Sophie s choice is a 1979 novel by american author william styron. Sophies choice is the story of a concentration camp survivor named sophie and. A gutwrenching scene from the 1982 movie sophies choice, screenplay by alan j. This months wsj book club host is thriller writer lee child, author of the bestselling jack reacher books.1083 962 485 1283 418 440 562 460 360 585 444 542 1590 217 418 365 915 539 968 1475 805 496 35 761 536 1502 686 1552 412 836 958 379 1429 411 619 1633 364 1382 1636 87 448 501 771 1391 214 1064 652 1085 811 1281