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Sophie's Choice
Sophie's Choice | William Styron
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Styrons most impressive performance. . . . Belongs on that small shelf reserved for American masterpieces. Washington Post Book World Winner of the 1980 National Book Award, Sophies Choice is William Styrons classic novel of love, survival, and regret, set in Brooklyn in the wake of the Second World War. The novel centers on three characters: Stingo, a sexually frustrated aspiring novelist; Nathan, his charismatic but violent Jewish neighbor; and Sophie, an Auschwitz survivor who is Nathans lover. Their entanglement in one anothers lives will build to a stirring revelation of agonizing secrets that will change them forever. Poetic in its execution, and epic in its emotional sweep, Sophies Choice explores the good and evil of humanity through Stingos burgeoning worldliness, Nathans volatile personality, and Sophies tragic past. Mixing elements from Styrons own experience with themes of the Holocaust and the history of slavery in the American South, the novel is a profound and haunting human drama. The result is Styron at the pinnacle of his literary brilliance. This ebook features a new illustrated biography of William Styron, including original letters, rare photos, and never-before-seen documents from the Styron family and the Duke University Archives.
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Karla2
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Good book and very explicit. I liked it very much, not hard to read. Sad ending.

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EadieB
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OriginalCyn620 I‘ve seen the movie but haven‘t read the book yet. 3w
EadieB @OriginalCyn620 The book is really good. 3w
marleed I recently thrifted an old hardcopy of this book. I really want to get to it. I track my books 9 at a time and I‘m finally disciplined to read at least one of my books for every 2 lib loan. I‘m thinking in 2020 I should try to include at least one book with a 10+ year publishing date. 3w
EadieB @marleed I am amazed at your discipline. I have to stop reading so many library books and concentrate on the ones I own. I think that will be my goal for 2020. I think you should read Sophie's Choice soon as I think you will definitely enjoy it. 3w
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ChrisBohjalian
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A very big happy birthday to the preternaturally talented Meryl Streep -- seen here as Sophie Zawistowski in the spectacular adaptation of William Styron‘s masterpiece, SOPHIE'S CHOICE.

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emilyhaldi
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The most classic and devastating #wholiveswhodies scenario of them all 🖤
#musicalnewyear

DivineDiana This story is devastating! 😭 11mo
Lcsmcat Oooh, good choice! 11mo
Cinfhen Brilliant choice!!!! 11mo
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readordierachel Wow, perfect! 11mo
LeahBergen 😭😭😭 11mo
vivastory Well played!!! 👏🙌🤘 11mo
rubyslippersreads Great choice. Such a heartbreaking book. 11mo
Reviewsbylola Never read it! 11mo
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CareBear
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I‘ve had woefully little time to read lately and have been on my feet (at Disney!) all week. So these are my plans today. Moving only to get another book or food lol #catsoflitsy #sheldon

hgrimes ohhhh, Disney!! 💙🏰 1y
AmyG Sounds fun! And this book....heartbreaking and beautiful. 1y
peaknit I ❤️ Disney! Almost as much as reading. Where did you stay? 101 days for me til Coronado Springs. 1y
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CareBear @peaknit me too!!! We stayed at Kidani Village. That‘s awesome! 1y
CareBear @AmyG I don‘t want it to end. 1y
peaknit Kidani, I hope to stay there sometime. We are eating there at Sanaa in November. Can‘t wait! 1y
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CareBear
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Disappointed in how this has gone so far. I think reading this book during #24in48 was just a little too heavy. Rethinking my #reversereadathon stack for next weekend.

Bookgoil I do think you need lighter materials for a heavy readathon. I binged graphic novels and some novels that had action and moved quickly! 1y
Andrew65 It is key to have the right books. 1y
CareBear @Bookgoil @Andrew65 you‘re so right! Graphic novels are a great suggestion, Kristen! 1y
Daisey Yes, my first couple of readathons I tried long books and/or ones with serious topics and it‘s not necessarily a good fit. If there‘s one in the stack you definitely need shorter and lighter reads to balance it out. 1y
acktopus @Bookgoil I got the same tips from my wife before starting - definitely the only way I got to 24h. Even slotting in one havier book was sort of pushing it for me. 1y
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CareBear
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Look what I found in my 50 cent library book sale copy of this book! I‘ve had it for years and was finally getting around to reading it...

Lcsmcat So cool! 1y
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tammysue 😍 1y
Tamra This is a devastating film with Meryl Streep. I haven‘t read it yet. 1y
LeahBergen 😮😮😮 You lucky thing!! I LOVE this book. (edited) 1y
LeeRHarry This book broke me...😭 1y
Texreader Wow!! And someone gave it up!! 1y
DivineDiana Amazing! 😮 1y
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Awolfe
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Pickpick

I don‘t want to talk about it.

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HardcoverHearts
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Bevy of riches and terrible choices to have to make! This is just a small sample of what today‘s schedule looks like... 😩😂 #bayareabookfestival

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Clevercactus
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This book is as depressing as the movie if not more so. Whew. Here‘s where my #litsyatoz challenge for 2018 stands.

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Dragon
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A couple of favourites from #Livingintheseventies #marchintooz . Photo credit Google

Reviewsbylola I‘ve been meaning to read Sophie‘s Choice. 2y
Cinfhen Oh, two strong classics...I‘ve been meaning to read Sophie‘s Choice too @Reviewsbylola #buddyread #Fall2018?!? Nice @dragon 🙌🏻💕🐉 2y
Dragon Thanks @Reviewsbylola it is definitely worth a read , but have some Kleenex handy. I prefer the book over the movie. 2y
Dragon Thanks @Cinfhen great idea, I hope you and @Reviewsbylola have the chance to read it, I read it Years ago and I remember I was so immersed in the story. Kleenex required. 2y
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GidgetsTreasures75
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3-6-18: 10th finished book of 2018! It took me a whole month but the subject matter was. Or what I expected and then it became heart wrenching at times so I needed breaks. And now, against my better judgement, I'll be watching the movie version starring Meryl Streep. She won the Oscar for her portrayal of Sophie. 📖#️⃣1️⃣0️⃣

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BookishMe
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#quotsyFeb18 late post for #reading

kristenwithak I absolutely love this. 2y
BookishMe @kristenwithak 📖💓📖 2y
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Clevercactus
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“Mercifully, I was at that age when reading was still a passion and thus, save for a happy marriage, the best state possible in which to keep absolute loneliness at bay.”

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GidgetsTreasures75
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2-16-18: Reading outside. 🌴☀️📖

ReadingOver50 Pretty 2y
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GidgetsTreasures75
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2-15-18: Reading on the patio. 📖☕️

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Clevercactus
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Starting another cheerful book into Oscar winning film - Sophie‘s Choice. #litsyatoz #modernlibrarytop100

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MidnightBookGirl
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📚 Historical Fiction
📚 Mystery
📚 Memoir
📚 Humor
📚 Fantasy
📚 Self-Help (meh)
📚 Young Adult
📚 History
📚 Picture Book
📚 Current Affairs
📚 Graphic Novel
📚 Classic Retelling

#GenreThisorThat

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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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Bailedbailed

I bailed!! Another DNF for me this year! 😩 I couldn‘t finish it. I struggled with Stingo‘s overly horny perspective and again, a detached feeling from characters. 😭

Kaye Don‘t give up. 2y
Tamra I haven‘t read it, but the movie with Meryl Streep will take out your heart and stomp all over it. I recall in an interview somewhere that in that well known fateful scene, the tension on the set was so thick, the baby cried spontaneously. 😟😣 (edited) 2y
Penny_LiteraryHoarders I don‘t maybe if I skip ahead or something. I don‘t know. We‘ll see. @Kaye @Tamra see how I feel. #somanybookssolittletime 2y
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Tamra @Penny_LiteraryHoarders skip the novel and watch the movie! 2y
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Tamra ha! That could be a blasphemous statement on here but sometimes, sometimes the movie IS better (small amount of times) but I bet in this case it could be true. I may just give that a try this weekend. 2y
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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Going to refocus on finishing the #LitsyReadingChallenge with Sophie‘s Choice #RoryGilmore Square. 😊

AmyG This book. ❤️ 2y
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @AmyG awesome because I need a solid great read right now! The past couple have just been ok. Nothing spectacular. 2y
AmyG You are in for a treat! 2y
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @AmyG 👍🏻👍🏻 yay!! 2y
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twohectobooks
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The most profound statement yet made about Auschwitz was not a statement at all, but a response.
The query: "At Auschwitz, #tell me, where was God?"
And the answer: "Where was man?"

#quotsynov17

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AmyG
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This book broke my heart. It was written so beautifully...about love, loss and a choice that no one should ever have to make. Thank you, @Liberty for another great giveaway. #Giveawayhistorical

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rachaich
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This is the book club choice for the second club I attend. Not the most sunshiney of reads on this glorious afternoon... plus I have 500 pages to read before Wednesday #sunshine #afternoonreads #bookclub

Aleida It's a tough read. 2y
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AccioAlltheBooks
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"The most profound statement yet made about Auschwitz was not a statement at all, but a response.

The query: "At Auschwitz, tell me, where was God?"

And the answer: "Where was man?"" ~ William Styron

#maybookflowers #war

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dariazeoli
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My #birthdaybook is Sophie's Choice, the most popular book of 1979. I've never read it. One more for the #TBR!

Find yours: http://twentytwowords.com/have-you-read-the-most-popular-book-from-the-year-you-...

emilyhaldi This is a great book! 3y
Billypar Mine was 1982's E.T... Was very surprised until I saw it was based on the movie. You don't see as many novelizations nowadays. Cool article! 3y
Dragon Very good book , but Kleenex is required. 3y
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LeahBergen
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CherylDeFranceschi 😢😢😢❤️ 3y
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Lcsmcat
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In my conflicted state trying to review this last night I forgot to tag it as my #letterS for #LitsyAtoZ. @BookishMarginalia

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Lcsmcat
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I know this will seem like sacrilege to many, but I am torn between a pick and so-so. I wanted more of Sophie and less of Stingo's adolescent whining. And Styron's prose was overwrought. And I say that as a staunch fan of Dickens and Hardy. I had to take many breaks from this to be able to finish it.

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Brie
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Meg Medina lives in Richmond, Virginia which is about an hour away from me. Poe also lived in Richmond for a while. I've visited the museum dedicated to him there. He also attended the University of Virginia before he was kicked out. William Styron was born in Newport News, VA where I go to school. #localauthor #aprilbookshowers

Hobbinol I haven't been to the museum, but I've seen his little room at UVA. 3y
Brie @Hobbinol That's so cool. I haven't seen the room at UVA. 3y
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Lcsmcat
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Jumping into this for #LitsyAtoZ #letterS and I see and hear Meryl Streep every time Sophie speaks.

Donna_sBookMinute It's hard to not see the movie characters when you read the book, isn't it? 3y
Lcsmcat @Donna_sBookMinute Which is why I try to read the book first. But it doesn't always work out. 3y
Donna_sBookMinute Ditto for me. But I'll even hold out for the DVD if need be. I won't see a movie until I've read the book. 3y
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TheBookHippie
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Meryl ! 💗✌🏻☮👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

lynneamch Yes. Yes.💗 And Viola, too.💗 3y
TheBookHippie @lynneamch YES!!! She made me cry!!!! 💗 classy women . 3y
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J.Alt
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I have a list of 100 classics that I call my book bucket list. It may take me until my dying day to finish it but after this I will only have 88 more to go.

Dragon This book is so good, but a box of Kleenex will be needed 👍 3y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Seriously, this #seasonsreadings2016 is like Sophie's Choice. How can I choose between all of you wonderful Littens? Special 💕 to these! #favelittens

BooksForEmpathy Wait - I'm so honored to even be on this!!! And now I need to follow everybody listed!!! 3y
BooksForEmpathy You're also one of my favorites!! @BarbaraTheBibliophage 3y
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SharonGoforth Wow! Thank you so much!! ❤. You are one of my faves, too 😊 3y
Cinfhen OMG!!! @BarbaraTheBibliophage Thank you soooo much!!!! I'm beyond honored, I respect you so much 🤗I'm humbled and squealing with delight, as my family looks on and thinks I've completely lost it😘😘😘 3y
LauraBeth Wow! When one of your favorite Littens, @BarbaraTheBibliophage mentions you 😀 I feel humbled - plus - I'm honored at the company! I'm telling Bitsy 🐶💕 3y
Cinfhen And I'm thrilled to be included in the company of these other amazing Littens 🙌🏻💖😁 3y
RanaElizabeth This is awesome! Back at ya! 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen Aww. Thanks! Tell your family it's because Litsy people are fabulous and you are too! 😘 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @LauraBeth Thanks to you and please give Bitsy and big raspberry on her belly from me! 3y
LeahBergen Eeee! Thank you so much! You are hands-down one of my faves, too. 😘😘😘 3y
LeahBergen And genius pick for the book title! 😂😂 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @LeahBergen Thanks. I love SO many Littens and I wanted to share some peeps I hope others will follow. Hoping to find some new friends to with the "old." ? 3y
kspenmoll Love your link to Sophie's Choice!!!! Thanks so much for including me- I enjoy your posts so much as well😀💚 3y
kspenmoll Just followed some of your #FaveLittens that were new to me; thanks! 😍 (edited) 3y
MyNamesParadise Awwww thank you!!! Wait how do we make a post like this? You're one of my faves too!!! 3y
moranadatter Wow! Thanks! And a new person to follow! 😀 3y
Zelma 💕💕💕 3y
suomi Thank you! 😊 3y
LauraBrook Wow, I'm so honored - thank you, Barbara, you're one of my faves too. 😘 Massage Therapists for the win! 💆🏻💜 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @MyNamesParadise Thanks! 😘 I took screen grabs of everyone's profile pic and name. Then I opened a grid in PicCollage, which imports them. They have lots of grid shapes available. Then I added the Litsy logo and some silly stickers. You can do it too! 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Zelma I wanted to add you also! 😘 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @suomi Hey, your my Secret Santa recipient - I wanted people to know you! 😍 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @kmdartist You're welcome! I need to get looking at other people's posts for new Littens to follow! (After work ...) 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @LauraBrook Massage Therapists unite! 😘 3y
Zelma @BarbaraTheBibliophage 😘 I think you're fantastic! 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Zelma Aww. Thanks Zelma! 😎 3y
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Jaywigley
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"The truth, the truth! Who even knows what is the truth?" My favorite line from one of my favorite books. I've read only one other Styron (Lie Down in Darkness) but this one must be his best. If you've only seen the movie, you're missing so much of the story.

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yoavshai
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When you're in the middle of a really good book and the one you were waiting for arrives by mail..
What would you do?

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Dragon
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#bannedbooks. This is a powerful book about a terrible choice a mother had to make. This book is gut wrenching and #couldnotputdown. The movie was good but the book is great.

Em890 The book is always better :) 3y
Dragon So true @Em890 3y
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glp4766
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To celebrate banned book week this will be my choice. #bannedbookweek

Books_Wine_Repeat I want to read this so badly but I know it will be so emotional. I'm not ready for that just yet. 3y
glp4766 @Books_Wine_Repeat I want to watch the movie so I thought i best read the book first. Movies are never as good as the book 3y
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DGRachel
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A few of my favorite #bannedbooks (images from Google, because I apparently no longer have my copies of most of these 😢). #somethingforsept #septphotochallenge

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Kensalikof
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One of my favorite novels.

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LeahBergen
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Here are just a few books that #mademecry. And I mean #uglycry. #SomethingforSept

Dragon Sophie's Choice so sad. Loved the book and the movie. I'm tearing up thinking about it 🙁😄 3y
Suzze OMG, Sophie's Choice! 😢😢😢😢😢 3y
LeeRHarry My Mum and I are both still traumatised by the Boy in the Striped Pyjamas!!!!!!! And Sophie's Choice was hard going too! 3y
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LeeRHarry Oh and the Kite Runner 😫 good choices! 3y
LeahBergen @Dragon and @Suzze I've thought about a reread but don't know if I can take it! 😂 3y
LeahBergen @LeeRHarry I know! I got my husband to read it and he was mad at me when he finished 😂 3y
Suzze @LeahBergen I thought the same thing recently, but after Lilac Girls and Mischling, I don't think so. 3y
Texreader Oh so many good books in this one photo. 📚 3y
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Dylangrrl
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This was a great book. Writing about the horrors of WWII can be challenging, but Styron's cast of characters is interesting. Also a post-modern sensibility in how he references his past works in his own narrative (just got done reading 4 Styron novels in a row). Heartbreaking and worth the time.

Suzze Amazing book! 3y
Dylangrrl @Suzze -- agreed!! 3y
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Lisacarlson
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I will be thinking about this book for a long time. Amazing and haunting.

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KrisConstantReader
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Ebook deal of the day. I've never read any of these but they look great and Styron's writing is so critically acclaimed.

Dylangrrl Bought this and have read through the first three novels already!! Fixing to start Sophie's Choice. Awesome find!! 3y
KrisConstantReader @Dylangrrl I haven't started them yet but I bought them as soon as I saw this great deal! 3y
Dylangrrl So far I have liked the first one Lie Down In Darkness best, but I hear that Sophie's choice is the bomb!! 3y
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brendanmleonard
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HBD to another entry in YFIP Week! I have great fondness for William Styron, born in 1925. (He's also from the part of VA as my family is 🤘) I read this ages ago in a rush, but I thought this was a Great American Novel. I need to read it again. Styron wrote so eloquently about his depression, too.

SusanInTiburon Darkness Visible was beautiful, and helped me understand some of my loved ones better. 3y
Sydsavvy Oh this one! So wonderful and devastating. 3y
erzascarletbookgasm Need to move this higher up my TBR list :) 3y
TheBookHippie Such a good read. 3y
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