William Stoner enters the University of Missouri at nineteen to study agriculture. A seminar on English literature changes his life, and he never returns to work on his father's farm. Stoner becomes a teacher. He marries the wrong woman. His life is quiet, and after his death his colleagues... show more
William Stoner enters the University of Missouri at nineteen to study agriculture. A seminar on English literature changes his life, and he never returns to work on his father's farm. Stoner becomes a teacher. He marries the wrong woman. His life is quiet, and after his death his colleagues remember him rarely. Yet with truthfulness, compassion and intense power, this novel uncovers a story of universal value. Stoner tells of the conflicts, defeats and victories of the human race that pass unrecorded by history, and reclaims the significance of an individual life. A reading experience like no other, itself a paean to the power of literature, it is a novel to be savoured.
Publish date: July 5th 2012
Pages no: 288
Edition language: English
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 ...
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 ...
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...
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 ...
Here's a scary story for you. Not one with fictional creatures or supernatural occurrences, but instead, a novel that details all the quiet miseries and disappointments we work-a-day stiffs endure throughout the course of a lifetime. Stoner is written with great care and intelligence. It will make y...
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