Ooooh boy. I think this Jostein Gaarder is really trying to mess with our minds.
Recently in the book, we discover the story of Hilde on the day of her 15th birthday. As she wakes up, she recalls watching out of her bedroom windows some past events in her young life; they reconnect to the strange visions and dreams that Sophie has had in the previous chapters. When she unwraps the large binder, I first thought it was the same ring binder Sophie was keeping her philosophy lessons, but it actually was a book with the entire story written down, all the events, the conversations, Sophie’s thoughts. This is where the readers understand that Sophie’s life could just be fictional. Invented. Written by someone we don’t know a lot about, except that he is a father, he is relatively far away, and he is fighting for the safety and good of the world. And that he’ll eventually come back home. Sounds familiar? Right. I don’t want to jump to conclusions too soon, but I can see how the book is Religion-oriented; moreover, it is perfectly logical for a book about philosophy to have its own philosophy. I also find the analogy to be pretty accurate: Alberto, the philosopher, somehow knows that Albert Knag is a sort of God in his reality, and that is because that God allows him to know, sends messages, performs miracles. Alberto also represents the skeptics: he does not like Albert’s interventions in his life.
I am interested to see how the story develops.