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Sophies Choice William Styron s Sophie s Choice has to stand as one of the 20th century s great American novels Based very loosely on his own experiences in the late 1940s in New York, Styron makes himself into a writer called Stingo who moves into a boarding house in Brooklyn, where he meets a Polish emigr named Sophie and her dangerously unpredictable lover, Nathan With great delicacy and restraint, Styron traces the evolution of the friendship and love that entangles these three and which has stunning William Styron s Sophie s Choice has to stand as one of the 20th century s great American novels Based v I was surprised by this book it wasn t what I expected It was less engaging than I anticipated it being and parts of it were rather difficult for me to get through The growing pains of Stingo were not where my interest was centered I think he s kind of a pansy to be honest I m also surprised at the sexual content I m aware that he s a sexually frustrated young man, but god get on with it I m not offended by sexual content, I just don t need to be drowning in it I have never heard the I was surprised by this book it wasn t what I expected It was less engaging than I anticipated it being and parts of it were rather difficult for me to get through The growing pains of Stingo were not where my interest was centered I think he s kind of a pansy to be honest I m also surprised at the sexual content I m aware that he s a sexually frustrated young man, but god get on with it I m not offended by sexual content, I just don t need to be drowning in it I have never heard the w Because I could not stop for Death,He kindly stopped for me The carriage held but just ourselvesAnd Immortality Emily DickinsonStyron brings the Brooklyn of the forties and its flourishing intellectualism back to life through the eyes of three characters, whose irreconcilable pasts find a common ground in the sweeping vision of optimistic America, distancing the narrative from stereotyped clich s and with the inimitable diction of a true Southern voice.A lush, descriptive prose soaked in an a Because I could not stop for Death,He kindly stopped for me The carriage held but just ourselvesAnd Immortality Emily DickinsonStyron brings the Brooklyn of the forties and its flourishing intellectualism back to life through the eyes of three characters, whose irreconcilable pasts find a common ground in the sweeping vision of optimistic America, distancing the narrative from stereotyped clich s and with the inimitable diction of a true Southern voice.A lush, descriptive prose soaked in an acerbic humorous ton Sophie s Choice William Styron s Novel of Choices, Hobson s and Otherwise This novel was chosen by members of On the Southern Literary Trail as a group read for September, 2014 Sophie s Choice, First Ed., First Prtg., William Styron, Random House, New York, New York, 1979 The gate to Auschwitz, where those in charge choose who lives and who dies Life is but a serie It was good that I missed the Oscar nominated movie adaptation of this book when it was shown in 1985 My curiosity to find out what exactly was the meaning of the choice in the title, kept me leafing through the pages until it was revealed towards the end There are actually two Sophie, the beautiful Polish non Nazi Holocaust survivor has to choose who to end up with between her two lovers, the Jewish Nathan Landau who is a crazy junkie but who brought her to America and the struggling Ame It was good I stuck with it out of curiosity, not so much to find out what her choice was, but because this is supposedly an important American novel and I kept waiting for the Aha moment when it would finally get good Unfortunately it was just way too long I now know what it s like to suffer from too much foreshadowing It was so tiresome reading hint after ominous hint about what was going to happen The narration was clumsy and over explanatory Do you really have to recap an event that you just nar I stuck with it out of curiosity, not so much to find out what her choice was, but because this is supposedly an important American novel and I kept waiting for the Aha moment when it would finally get good Unfortunately it was just way too long I now know what it s like to suffer from too much foreshadowing It was so tiresom Confessional monologues to serve as counter narratives Flashbacks from an American boarding house to Auschwitz An intriguing love triangle Secrets and lies unfolding with each new chapter Sex, written with meticulousness This is how Styron gets you to stick with this intricately woven and stylistically stupendous novelFor synchronous with the stunning effect she made on my eyes as she stood there arrested in the doorway blinking at the gloom, her flaxen hair drenched in the evening goldConf A Study in the Faithlessness of Hope OK, first of all, let s get something over with A young amatuer not so Southern writer comes to Brooklyn, meets a Polish migr , falls straight away in love with her But this Holocaust victim, tattooed on her hand, in her heart and soul, Auschwitz s purgatory, is hopelessly in an undetachable love, lust, anguish, masochistic, and redeeming relationship with a Northern Jew And this prejudiced yet genius of a charmer, suffers from fatal capricious fits H A Study in the Faithlessness of Hope OK, first of all, l Three Stories Are Told A Young Southerner Wants To Become A Writer A Turbulent Love Hate Affair Between A Brilliant Jew And A Beautiful Polish Woman And Of An Awful Wound In That Woman S Past One That Impels Both Sophie And Nathan Toward Destruction. The term Sophie s Choice, which derives from a critical plot point in William Styron s eponymous novel, has become a prominent American idiom You ve probably heard it in your daily life It was the subject of a relatively well received movie starring Meryl Streep Certainly, you ve come across it if you re a fan of The Simpsons A Sophie s Choice joke is the kicker to Season 10, Episode 5 s When You Dish Upon a Star Despite its prevalence in the cultural landscape, I m not going t

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