Stoner

JohnWilliams


Stoner

Stoner

  • Title: Stoner
  • Author: JohnWilliams
  • ISBN: 9780099595168
  • Page: 492
  • Format: Hardcover



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 noveWilliam 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.


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"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 embarrassed nostalgia. Now in his middle age he began to know that it was neither a state of grace nor an illusion; he saw it as a human act of becoming, a condition that was invented and modified moment by [...]

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 that the novel is impressive precisely because it is able to be so damn linear, the writing style so damn plain, and the characters so damn dull and yet and yet it manages to make me continue readin [...]

THIS WAS MY BEST BOOK OF 2016!It was a hard decision; it was a choice between this andThe 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 will always be grateful for John Williams and his Stoner. ******************************************************He opened the book; and as he did so it became not his own. He let his fingers rifle through 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 different ones are Titus Groan/Gormenghast (which I reviewed HERE) and the Heaven and Hell trio (which I reviewed HERE). But it’s hard to explain its mesmerising power in a way th [...]

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 “he did his best.” He came from a Missouri farm family and a poor background but manages to become an English professor at the university. One theme is the ‘loneliness’ and ‘distant cour [...]

I was going to start out this review of Stoner by feigning comic incredulity that the former conductor of the Boston Pops wrote a novel about potheads, but that is far, far too obvious and unsatisfying even for the likes of me. Instead, I am going to confess that I read only half of it (and, thereby, my ignorance has been properly disclaimed) but that this aborted reading filled me with such unmitigated contempt for the author that I plan on mounting every soapbox (if soapboxes haven't been tech [...]

For the hardworking men and women living in the open, windswept farm country of the American Midwest during the late 19th and early 20th century, day-to-day existence was frequently harsh an occasionally downright hostile, a stark, demanding life chiseling character as can be seen above in artist Grant Wood’s American Gothic. If you take a good look at this painting and then envision a son, an only child, working the fields alongside his father, you will have a clear image of the starting poin [...]

لأن كتابا جيدا بإمكانه إنقاذ حياتككيف نبدو في عيون العالم؟ويليام ستونر،ويلي مثال مرعب لنظرية "جعلوه فانجعل"، مثلت لي كل ما أكره وكل ما أسعي لأن لا أكونهلم يا رجل، افعل شيئا بحق اللهافعل شيئا لعينا.*لا تعلم هل تريد أن تصرخ بها في وجهه وتصفعه، أم تحتضنه وتبكي ترك مزرعة والديه لي [...]

John Williams's Stoner blew me away. I've never read anything like it and some passages left me moved to the point of exhaustion. When I finished I put down the book (well, the Nook), picked it up again, and re-read highlighted pages. Stoner gave me strength; if you believe that the right books find you at the right time, as sometimes I believe, this book found me at the right time.Stoner outlines the life of a farm kid who, at his dad's recommendation, attends college for agricultural studies b [...]

UN DIFETTO DI LUCE** Shakespeare le parla attraverso tre secoli di storia, Mr Stoner. Riesce a sentirlo? Cosa le sta dicendo, Mr Stoner? Cosa significa questo sonetto?Stoner alzò lo sguardo con lentezza, riluttante. "Significa", disse… "Significa", ripeté, e non riuscì a terminare la frase.William Stoner era all’università per studiare agraria e tornare in campagna ad aiutare suo padre nei campi e, magari, grazie allo studio, riuscire a far rendere meglio la terra avara. Un sonetto di Sh [...]

Θα ξεκινήσω με μια εικόνα που δημιούργησα διαβάζοντας το συγκεκριμένο βιβλίο. Και τονίζω πως τη δημιούργησα εγώ την εικόνα διότι ο συγγραφέας το μόνο που έκανε ήταν να λέει στον αναγνώστη χωρίς να δείχνει. Αν οι λέξεις σου δεν χτίζουν χαρακτήρες και πλοκή, αν η γραφή σου απλ [...]

Devastating novel of academia, unfulfilled hope, and a life not-entirely-lived. Gorgeous writing, heartbreaking plot, and if you're a fan, as I tend to be, of stories set in the dark halls of libraries and universities, this is one to read. The love story within this book is suddenly out-of-nowhere rapturous, and the marriage is brittle, delicate, insensible and perfectly done. The book feels so modern, though the bulk of the action is set in the 30's and 40's. I kept stopping to check that this [...]

The Thinker: Portrait of Louis N. Kenton * Thomas Cowperthwait Eakins (1844-1916) - ow/BTMT302ZgKN William Stoner se sintió vinculado a él de una manera que no hubiera sospechado; sabía que Lomax había pasado por una especie de conversión, una epifanía de conocimiento a través de las palabras que no podía ser explicada con palabras, como a Stoner le había sucedido una vez, en la clase de Archer Sloane.El amor a la literatura, al lenguaje, al misterio de la mente y el corazón manifestá [...]

“Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.” - Henry David Thoreau The triumph of this work lies in its self-effacing world-weariness, its tone of indifference even to the prospective reader's concerns. In the manner of the protagonist's iron stoicism in the face of misfortune and persecution, the narrative revels in its own lacklustreness, its state of diffused melancholy. William Stoner, first student and eventually English professor at (ficti [...]

As a child, I had a thing for inanimate things. A sling, a pond, a pebble, a mica chip; they would catch my attention and hold it hostage. I would play for hours together with these silent, placid beings, drawing great solace from their harmless, non-fluctuating colour, and intention. Occasionally, a friend or two would drop in and ask in mock incredulity, ‘Don’t you ever get tired playing with them? They neither move nor speak.’ I wouldn’t answer. Only under my breath, after their depar [...]

This might be for me the best book of the year.Sublimely told and with such a subtle narrative which flows easily displaying the life of an ordinary man during an extraordinary time in America. This might be the story of a whole becoming country or only the unheroic account of a simple existence.But its simplicity is what makes it unearthly beautiful, nostalgic and moving.Early 1900's, Missouri, although Stoner comes from a modest family of farmers his father sends him to the state university to [...]

"Look! I am alive!"Being alive, and feeling it, is more important than striving for perfect happiness, which is an illusion in any case, - that is what Stoner seems to say over the course of his life. And reading his story made me acutely aware of being alive myself, going through the range of emotions it inspired in me, from sadness and anger over tenderness and love to deeply felt satisfaction when I closed the novel.Stoner is Don Quixote stuck in reality.He has the same love of reading and le [...]

The story evolves so gently and quietly that talking about it feels like tainting it and violently intruding on something that prefers to be left in peace. This has as much to do with the story’s subtle and eluding tone, as with the parallel narrative. Stoner is a quiet and gentle men with the purest of intentions, but which, as it often happens, get tainted when materialized. His life advances in an isolated manner, devoid of the force that transforms a thought into action or the knowledge of [...]

“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.”― Henry David Thoreau, I loved this novel! I’ve had this story downloaded for some time but I’ve always passed it over anticipating a dull and depressing slog…in spite of all the glowing reviews from my Goodreader friends. But, it was as compelling for me to read as any thriller. .The critic Morris Dickstein called Stoner, "something rarer than a great novel -- it is a perfect novel, so well told and beautifully written, so deeply mov [...]

I would have never thought the bland life of an unfulfilled midwestern professor could be so grasping. Stoner is not someone you want to know or be related to but his struggles are real and worth knowing about. At times, it appears he will find contentment (he is able to get out of the laborious life led by his parents) but his hardships are rough and his life is never lived for himself.

This book is surprising, not so much for any plot twists or odd behavior, but for how we come to regard an overtly unremarkable man as interesting and likable. William Stoner was the only child at his family’s farm in Missouri, with a work-to-play ratio that was high even by turn-of-the-last-century standards. When he came of age, his father sat him down and explained in about two minutes’ time how he thought it best to send his son to college to study modern agriculture. It was the longest [...]

Albrecht Dürer: Job and his WifeVintage books seem to specialise in producing beautiful paperback editions of titles that have been out of print or have only recently been translated into English. I have a small collection of their red-spined covers sitting on my shelves. They all have something in common apart from the red spines; they are books I may read again sometime in my life because of the quality of the writing, the depth of the characterisation and the overall worth of the contents. T [...]

Reading "Stoner" gave me another one of those parallel universe experiences. In the universe, where everyone else lives, this is apparently a much loved and lauded book. Heck, those good folks at the New York Review of Books tell us it's a classic. And has this to say about the main protagonist: 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 wor [...]

Of course, I can't be objective, but my philosophy prof partner is beautiful inside and out, with an otherworldly mind and delightful character. He is also somewhat an "odd duck" (Asperger's much??) somewhat similar to Stoner, except he was raised in New York by artist parents, and always had the academic knack. We read this sequentially last summer at a lake rental way up the coast here in Maine, and when he brought it to me over the porch he had tears in his eyes. Both of us, until this year, [...]

The US does not have sadness on its agenda. Its psyche is a constant concern with happiness, fulfillment, the American Dream and the way to this god given of all rights. Never has the isolated country been brought to its knees. Never has the culture and creed and thought of civilization of the American people been forced to view sadness as something other than an error to be fixed. Sadness is the result of tragedy, grief, a lightning strike catastrophe that time will heal. Naturally.America, you [...]

Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach.What to do when everything goes wrong? Work, marriage, parenthood, eventually health? Plenty of benevolent advices and platitudes will whizz around your ears, to help you to bounce back . Remember, it is all in your mind. Happiness is the result of your approach to life, not of what happens to you. Revolt, anger, complaining or denial won’t change anything. Focus on what is instead of on what should be. Accept, accept, accept. Take one step at time, ke [...]

Empathy/ˈɛmpəθi/nounthe ability to understand and share the feelings of another.Coming from its Greek roots, this word discovered its origin in early 20th century and found itself perfectly placed between the extremities of sympathy and apathy to satiate our need to express what we have been feeling for centuries long. To detach ourself from the de rigueur warmth of sympathy and the unfilial abyss of apathy. With my limited knowledge on such subjects I wonder what word would have given us th [...]

Entrañable. Esa es la palabra exacta para este gran libro. Stoner es un personaje entrañable, al igual que su historia y el libro en su conjunto.He leído este libro con voracidad y pasión y comprendo por qué ya es considerado de culto en y uno de los acontecimientos literarios del año en mi país, Argentina. Cuesta creer que un autor como John Williams haya pasado desapercibido por tantos años. Pareciera como que en cierta forma sufrió casi el mismo olvido que Stoner en algunos pasajes [...]

They had been brought up in a tradition that told them that the life of the mind and the life of the senses were separate and, indeed, inimical; they had believed that one had to be chosen at some expense of the other. That the one could intensify the other had never occurred to them The story of a man’s life. A boy, born in 1891 near Booneville Missouri (fictitious), 40 miles from Columbia; growing up on a small farm; quiet, few friends, boyhood spent helping on the farm (at school “he did [...]

What is a good life? When someone dies, it's often commented that they lived a good life, a fulfilling life, a life well-lived.I finished the novel Stoner a few days ago, and ever since I've been wondering whether the main character, William Stoner, had lived a good life.Stoner was born to a poor farming family in Missouri. In 1910, he had the chance to go to college to study agriculture, but instead he discovered a love of literature that changed his life. He decided to become an English profes [...]


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