Editor’s Note: Today is the real St. George’s Day — the International Day of the Book, Shakespeare’s birthday, and the first ever World Book Night in America. Enjoy!
For St. George’s Day, I picked Sophie’s Choice by William Styron mostly because my mom has been trying to get me to read it for some time—for almost a year in fact. She read the book around the time the movie starring Meryl Streep came out in 1982.
Since the movie was so popular, many already know the plot of the story and may even know the meaning behind the title of the book. “Sophie’s Choice” has become a popular expression for a choice that one has to make that seems impossible or undoable. Not knowing the choice she had to make before I read the book, I was completely shocked. If you haven’t read the book already, this is not something that you want spoiled for you.
When I told the staffers I picked this book, the typical reaction (mostly from Jordan) was confusion as to why I picked such a downer of a book. In my opinion, this book really isn’t a downer at all. If you are the type of person that prefers sad songs over cheerful and tragic endings over happily ever afters, you will love this book. If you think about it, so many classics have tragic endings. They give the reader hope that life goes on even when the world seems to stop.
This book has left me thinking about the characters for a while after I have finished. Nathan, Stingo, and Sophie can’t seem to leave my brain and I am sure if you read the book the same thing will happen to you.
If you want a poignantly told, unusual love story, this is the book for you! -Sara