Search Results: "Jostein Gaarder"


BOOK REVIEW

FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"A colorful exercise in breathing life into classical texts, but one that unhappily fails to loose the ties that bind it to the role of commentary, thus falling short of life as a full-fledged work of fiction."
Again using the device of a text-within-a-text, Norwegian writer Gaarder (The Christmas Mystery, 1996, etc.) presents the story of the woman whom Augustine abandoned when he answered God's call to the celibate life. Read full book review >

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THE SOLITAIRE MYSTERY by Jostein Gaarder
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1996

"Fascinating and frustrating in equal measure."
A playful, ingenious, frequently moving but occasionally perplexing celebration of our persistent search for answers to the ultimate questions—Who are we? Read full book review >

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THE CHRISTMAS MYSTERY by Jostein Gaarder
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"For adult children."
The Christmas Mystery ($23.00; Nov. 1996; 256 pp.; 0-374- 12329-2): Intelligent Nativity story by Norwegian philosopher/novelist Gaarder (The Solitaire Mystery, p. 621, etc.), full of heart and warmth. Read full book review >

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HELLO? IS ANYBODY THERE? by Jostein Gaarder
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Gaarder (Sophie's World, 1994) keeps the tone light, but brings up plenty of worthwhile, often knotty ideas. (Fiction. 9-11)"
More than a little reminiscent of The Little Prince, with a touch of Louis Slobodkin's classic Space Ship Under the Apple Tree, this is a dialogue between a visitor from space and an eight-year-old boy waiting at home while his mother is in the hospital giving birth; it links informal ink drawings with a series of ingenuous philosophical ruminations and explanations of natural processes. Read full book review >

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SOPHIE'S WORLD by Jostein Gaarder
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Index. (Philosophy/Fiction. All ages)"
What if we were all just characters from a book written by Major Albert Knag as a philosophical present for his daughter Hilde's 15th birthday? Read full book review >

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QUESTIONS ASKED by Jostein Gaarder
by Jostein Gaarder, illustrated by Akin Düzakin, translated by Don Bartlett
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"Quiet, respectful, and touching. (Picture book. 8-12)"
The Norwegian philosopher and author of Sophie's World: A Novel About the History of Philosophy (1994), brings out the existentialist in even the youngest reader. Read full book review >