by John Williams | Entertainment |
ISBN: 9780099561545 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Nodame of Strasbourg, Alsace France on 2/29/2020
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Journal Entry 1 by Nodame from Strasbourg, Alsace France on Saturday, February 29, 2020
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. A beautiful novel.

Journal Entry 2 by Nodame at Strasbourg, Alsace France on Saturday, February 29, 2020

Released 1 yr ago (3/2/2020 UTC) at Strasbourg, Alsace France


Very moving and beautifully written.

Journal Entry 3 by wingIndy2012wing at Strasbourg, Alsace France on Tuesday, March 3, 2020
In transit.

Journal Entry 4 by wingIndy2012wing at MBC Strasbourg in Strasbourg, Alsace France on Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Released 2 mos ago (9/25/2021 UTC) at MBC Strasbourg in Strasbourg, Alsace France


Un livre apprécié des lecteurs strasbourgeois, il fait partie du TRESOR offert aux participants du MBC.

Journal Entry 5 by wingover-the-moonwing at Strasbourg, Alsace France on Saturday, September 25, 2021
Part of my precious treasure

photo: main door

Journal Entry 6 by wingover-the-moonwing at Lausanne, Vaud Switzerland on Monday, October 18, 2021
Nodame: would it be possible to change the category of this book from Entertainment to Literature and Fiction?

Bare bones of the story, which is just a bit of a spoiler so scroll down at your own risk:

William Stoner is the son of a farmer and spends his formative years working on the farm, then is sent to study agriculture at Columbia University. There, he has a quiet epiphany in an English class and thenceforth switches subjects, studies English literature, and devotes his whole life in teaching it in the same hallowed portals.
Just when I was wondering if he had any interest in women, he meets the beautiful Edith at a party and falls in love. After a very reserved and awkward courtship, she agrees to marry him. Sadly, Edith is absolutely ghastly. Stoner finds refuge in the battlefield of Academia. When he finds happiness with a student, Katherine, he finds himself trapped by his decency and instead of throwing caution to the winds and running off with her into an unknown future (or strangling Edith with his bare hands), he sinks back into his books and papers, rebelling only against his nemesis Hollis Lomax.

It is a sad story but also stirred my anger against that manipulative woman.

Journal Entry 7 by wingover-the-moonwing at Eglise Saint-Jean in Lausanne, Vaud Switzerland on Monday, October 18, 2021

Released 1 mo ago (10/18/2021 UTC) at Eglise Saint-Jean in Lausanne, Vaud Switzerland


pour le thème Saint des Saints, je le laisse à la belle église Saint-Jean, avenue de Cour, avec sa belle fresque et vitraux de Jacques Rivier.

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