Stoner by John Edward Williams


John Edward Williams

My Thoughts

I absolutely love this book, it’s hushed but powerfully deep. I hope my thoughts reflect the quiet strength of this novel in its entirety.

Falling in love with English and literature, William Stoner born to an indigent Missouri farming family, disrupts his original plan to study agronomy in the state university to become a scholar.

A handsome literary book telling the life circumstances of an ordinary and mundane man.

The beauty of this book is its simplicity – Stoner’s life could be mine, yours, anybody’s as we read of his growth with its successes and failures. A modest story but the writing creates a spellbinding read. A transparent yet obtuse stunning story with a compelling character in his own refined way.

“Sometimes, immersed in his books, there would come to him the awareness of all that he did not know, of all that he had not read; and the serenity for which he labored was shattered as he realized the little time he had in life to read so much, to learn what he had to know.”

Recommendation: 5/5


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