Stoner (New York Review Books Classics)

By | June 18, 2019
Stoner (New York Review Books Classics) Author John Williams
ISBN-10 1590171993
ISBN-13 9781590171998
Year 2006-06-20
Pages 288
Language English
Publisher NYRB Classics
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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 scholars 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 Williamss 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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