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Stoner - John Edward Williams
Stoner
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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... show more
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.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781590171998 (1590171993)
ASIN: 1590171993
Publisher: NYRB Classics
Pages no: 278
Edition language: English
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Philosophical Musings of a Book Nerd
Philosophical Musings of a Book Nerd rated it
4.5 The Tragedy of a Man Who Loves his Books
When you discover that this book is about the life of a university lecturer you may automatically think about a certain movie in which a certain music teacher has a dream of creating a fantastic piece of music only to find himself trapped in a high school teaching music until his retirement to then ...
franzischonbach
franzischonbach rated it
4.0 Melancholisch und doch berührend
Das Buch handelt von einem Mann, der als Sohn armer Farmer geboren wurde, bis er schließlich seine Leidenschaft für Literatur entdeckt. Er wechselt das Studienfach und wird später Professor. Die Geschichte eines genügsamen aber auch wahrhaftigen Lebens. Der Roman behandelt viele Themen – es geht um ...
Hol
Hol rated it
4.5 Stoner by John Williams
I don’t know where to start with this book. I went through a myriad of emotions, seamlessly flitting from one to the other, be it anger, frustration, sadness, pity, empathy or resentment. To be honest I‘m still feeling all those things, but I’ll have a go at making this review as coherent as possibl...
LAUREN B. DAVIS
LAUREN B. DAVIS rated it
5.0 The Extraordinary Ordinary Life
STONER is something of a masterpiece. Here what the back of the book says: 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...
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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 ...
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