Stoner by John Williams is a novel first released in 1965 and often classified into academic novel or campus novel genre. The book is also widely considered as a modern-classic literary work. It follows the journey of William Stoner. Born in a poor farming family, William found his passion for literature while studying in college. That passion led him into a challenging and fascinating life path, a disrupted academic career and an unhappy marriage.
Cover and Details of Stoner by John Williams
- Title: Stoner
- Author: John Williams
- Publisher: NYRB Classics
- Date Published: June 20, 2006
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1590171993
- ISBN-13: 9781590171998
Summary of the Book
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.
Reviews of Stoner by John Williams
I would go as far to say that this should be read by every reader, every reader who has felt the sharp pangs that literature can evoke. Here is a man who is completely lost; here is a character that has nothing really to live for: here is a man who is lost in the words, and it’s his salvation. And this is his life story. This is not a simple novel. It is a bildungsroman that is tragic, emotive and even inspiring. This book opened my eyes to many things. I learnt a great deal about life and myself in the process. Trust me, fellow bibliophiles, go read it. This is something really special. (by Bookdragon Sean, goodreads.com)
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