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Stoner

Stoner

  • Title: Stoner
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  • ISBN : 9781590171998
  • Format : Paperback
  • Language : English
  • Page : 278 pages


William Stoner is born at the end of the nineteenth century into a dirt poor Missouri farming family Sent to the state university to study agronomy, he instead falls in love with English literature and embraces a scholar s life, so different from the hardscrabble existence he has known And yet as the years pass, Stoner encounters a succession of disappointments marriage William Stoner is born at the end of the nineteenth century into a dirt poor Missouri farming family Sent to the state university to study agronomy, he instead falls in love with English literature and embraces a scholar s life, so different from the hardscrabble existence he has known And yet as the years pass, Stoner encounters a succession of disappointments marriage into a proper family estranges him from his parents his career is stymied his wife and daughter turn coldly away from him a transforming experience of new love ends under threat of scandal Driven ever deeper within himself, Stoner rediscovers the stoic silence of his forebears and confronts an essential solitude.John Williams s luminous and deeply moving novel is a work of quiet perfection William Stoner emerges from it not only as an archetypal American, but as an unlikely existential hero, standing, like a figure in a painting by Edward Hopper, in stark relief against an unforgiving world


Author John Williams

Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name.John Edward Williams, Ph.D University of Missouri, 1954 M.A., University of Denver, 1950 B.A., U of D., 1949 , enlisted in the USAAF early in 1942, spending two and a half years as a sergeant in India and Burma His first novel, Nothing But the Night, was published in 1948, and his first volume of poems, Th




Stoner Reviews (31)

  • In his extreme youth Stoner had thought of love as an absolute state of being to which, if one were lucky, one might find access in his maturity he had decided it was the heaven of a false religion, toward which one ought to gaze with an amused disbelief, a gently familiar contempt, and an embarrass [..]

  • I read Stoner after I saw that almost all my friends on GR had read it It s an impressive work which I finished months ago but hard a hard time figuring out what to say about it with thousands of reviews already out there Stoner is the life story of an unremarkable man and the consensus seems to be [..]

  • Spoiler alert read at your own peril.UPDATE December 2010 I just submitted this to Better Book Titles I hope they accept it.Original Review October 2009 This is the most straight forward linear narrative type of novel I ve read in the past year So at first, I was not impressed But I soon realized th [..]

  • After 63 pages Stunned by Stoner This is agonisingly wonderful At the end Finished Him and me Exquisite but exhausted Then I immediately started rereading something I have only previously done with children s picture books It is, without question, my joint favourite book ever The other, utterly diff [..]

  • THIS WAS MY BEST BOOK OF 2016 It was a hard decision it was a choice between this and The Vegetarian by Hang Kang But I had to think which book taught be the most, and which book helped me the most I enjoyed them both immensely, I loved them, but this one set me on my path in life thus, I wi [..]

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