WWW Wednesday 30th March 2016

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Review | The World According to Anna by Jostein Gaarder

Confused, preachy and incredibly disappointing. 2/5 stars.

The World According to Anna by Jostein Gaarder book cover

The blurb: On the 20th anniversary of SOPHIE’S WORLD, Jostein Gaarder returns with a spell-binding fable about a girl who begins to receive messages from another time…

When sixteen-year-old Anna begins receiving messages from another time, her parents take her to the doctor. But he can find nothing wrong with Anna; in fact he believes there may be some truth to what she is seeing.

Anna is haunted by visions of the desolate world of 2082. She sees her great-granddaughter, Nova, in a wasteland peopled by ragged survivors, after animals and plants have died out.

The more Anna sees, the more she realises she must act to prevent the future in her visions becoming real. But can she act quickly enough?

Haunting, gripping and magical, The World According to Anna is a fable for our time.

My take:

It’s twenty years since Sophie’s World was published. I love that book and have read it a few times. If you ever want to understand the main ideas of the major Western philosophers by having those ideas explained to you in an original and entertaining way, I recommend it.

So I came to The World According to Anna with extremely high expectations. All the marketing blurb sets this book up as the “heir” to Sophie’s World and I was expecting great things. I am beyond disappointed. This disappointment will be patently obvious in my review which, I admit, becomes ranty in places.

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WWW Wednesday 23rd March 2016

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