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Stoner (original 1965; edition 1965)

by John Williams, Edzard Krol

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This is a low key, unassuming book, but is brilliant writing. It's a story of a fairly mundane life full of poor choices and/or lack of choices. But it also has it's high points and happinesses, and by the end you can't really say Stoner has had a bad life. Some of the scenes at the university are particularly well observed. I really enjoyed reading it, and it was good for book group discussion as well. ( )
  AlisonSakai | Mar 24, 2014 |
I found this book interesting but in some places a chore to read. Was a bit boring and sometimes you felt sorry for William Stoner and other times you wanted to give him a shake. This is the sad story of Williams life who becomes a lecturer at a Mid US university he holds the post for over 40 years till he dies.
Overall I am glad I read it. ( )
  Daftboy1 | Mar 24, 2014 |
A minor gem rediscovered from the 60s. It’s the life story of John Stoner, from his early life on a farm through his career as a literary professor. There’s a real melancholy feel to the whole story as Stoner’s life unfolds, every possible reason for joy tempered and tarnished by the vicissitudes of reality. Achingly sad, with a real flair for character and telling phrases. ( )
  JonArnold | Mar 4, 2014 |
Set in a university in the US, William Stoner attends to study agriculture and finds English Literature. We understand that he has a love for the subject. Told in the third person there is a distance to this novel that is difficult to get past sometimes to the emotions of the characters, as we are always observing but never understanding different perspectives or view points. William marries Edith, who we have to understand was unhappy and a controlling woman who seemed to banish him to a porch and I was left with a sense of him hardly living in his house at all. He found happiness with Katherine in a basement, again a very claustrophic space that seemed to be musty and airless. William Stoner also found happiness teaching his students and gave a lot of time to the young people and a lot of support. He mostly avoided confrontation but there are examples when he makes a stand. ( )
  Tifi | Mar 2, 2014 |
The use of English and style of writing was a refreshing change - understated and bare prose worked beautifully. For me, the book lived up to the hype. ( )
  GingerCrinkle | Mar 2, 2014 |
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This book is dedicated to my friends and former colleagues in the Department of English at the University of Missouri. They will recognize at once that it is a work of fiction--that no character portrayed in it is based upon any person, living or dead, and that no event has its counterpart in the reality we knew at the University of Missouri. They will also realize that I have taken certain liberties, both physical and historical, with the University of Missouri, so that in effect it, too, is a fictional place.
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"Born the child of a poor farmer in Missouri, William Stoner is urged by his parents to study new agriculture techniques at the state university. Digging instead into the texts of Milton and Shakespeare, Stoner falls under the spell of the unexpected pleasures of English literature, and decides to make it his life. Stoner is the story of that life" -- publisher description (January 2007).… (more)

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