"A lot of people experience the world with the same incredulity as when a magician suddenly pulls a rabbit out of a hat which has just been shown to them empty.
This novel is an excellent example of the story within the story, eventually leaving the reader slightly confused but pondering the interpretations of the subject about which Gaarder is writing: our existence (and how us who-mins have tried figuring it out). To me, this book is an excellent novel and lesson in Philosophy. I plan to read it again and again over the years as well as pass it down to my children. As Jostein Gaarder states in the news clipping below, it's not just for kids; it's for people of all ages.
I read this book in 1997 (see clipping below) and was wowed. I read it again in 2002. After reading it again and checking out other's reviews, I noticed that Gaarder covers more of the western thinking and left out Eastern Philosophy.
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Saaaay... would you like to see a pen and ink drawing I did around 1983, waaay before I had even heard of Jostein Gaarder or "Sophie's World"? It's a whimsical piece called "Revenge of the Bunny". The bunny managed to do away with the magician and seems to be basking in adoration and applause until...
Keep on asking questions and don't lose that sense of wonder!
This appeared in a local newspaper shortly after I started reading the book... A lovely coincidence although, from what I understand, Gaarder did not believe in coincidences but more in fate as decided by a higher order.
November 2005 note: Interrresting connection. The flower image that I love to doodle so often is also associated with Seshat, Egyptian Goddess of measurement and writing. See another reference at Wikipedia. For three years I was paying homage to Thoth, Thoth-Hermes, Djeuti (among other names) as the Egyptian God of Writing, magic and quite a few other responsibilities. More on that in another essay or review ;)
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