Set in Brooklyn in 1947, this is the story of Sophie, a Polish Catholic immigrant who is haunted by her memories of the concentration camp in wartime Europe, and the terrible choice she was forced to make.
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.
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This recording is a complete and utter success if for no other reason than it makes you almost (almost) forget about Meryl Streep's tragic performance in the film version. It follows, then, that the person responsible for this success is narrator William Hope. He does a masterful job acting, not merely reading, Styron's extraordinary novel. Hope's portrayal of the trio of characters is true and explicit--Southern Stingo, Brooklynite Nathan, and Polish Sophie. Hope's voice embraces these people and destroys their facades to expose all the emotion, pathos, and humanity they can exude. He also transitions from one character to the next flawlessly, using almost perfect diction and pacing. It is entirely possible to hear every word in the book. That's how clear he is. R.I.G. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine