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- Listening Length: 9 hours and 45 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
- Audible.com Release Date: June 16, 2010
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003SRWEGK
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William Stoner came to the University of Missouri from a poor farm, became entranced by medieval and renaissance English literature and went on to get a PhD in that field. He was a shy man, and throughout his life had but two real friends. His wife was not one of those two. Within a couple of months of marriage Stoner realized his marriage was doomed to failure. Early on, a situation arose at the university in which Stoner, adhering to principle, earned the lifelong enmity of his department head. Another situation arose that offered Stoner a chance at happiness, and that failed.
One reviewer of this book wrote that he didn't see why anyone would want to read this book about a loser. But was he a loser? In an interview the author, John Williams, stated that he felt that Professor Stoner was a "hero." Surely this is a story of a man who really never got anywhere in life, his marriage was a failure, his parenting poor, and he never was really a vibrant member of the university faculty. Yet in some ways Stoner never gave up. Lacking innate teaching skills he worked hard at it, and became a popular teacher. He was never bitter, and, though struggling as a parent and father, he held on.
So there are two ways of looking at our "hero" or "loser." I found the book to be a wonderfully different view of a man's life. Certainly we can identify with him in some of our own failures, with our own wishes that maybe somethings in our lives might have been different.Read more ›
Published in 1965, STONER was the second of Williams's three novels. Despite the date and serendipitous title, this is far from a beat or hippie generation story. To the contrary, hero William Stoner is a salt of the earth middle American, born and raised on a modest family farm in Missouri at the beginning of the 20th Century. Through intelligence, hard work, and good fortune, Stoner enters the University of Missouri to study modern agriculture. Williams presents his hero as a classically naïve farm boy, utterly awed by the buildings, the books, the other students, and the general aura of academe. All goes well until Stoner the freshman literature class of Archer Sloane. Despite being publicly embarrassed by Sloane for his inability to explain a Shakespearean sonnet about lost love (which also foreshadows his own later life), Stoner nevertheless discovers his true calling in literature. He changes majors, obtains his degree, and ultimately accepts a teaching position at his alma mater. One of his few good friends from the university, Dave Masters, subsequently describes the young Stoner with dead-on precision as "our own midwestern Don Quixote without his Sancho" - prophetic words, indeed.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am not 100% sure why I loved this book, but I do know that I did. It was such a simple story, beautifully written. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Kindle Customer
A simple tale about an average man who makes some mistakes, and yet you are drawn to his humanness and like him because you see something that you see in yourself, I think, and... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Virago
A simple story with beautiful writing, but a very interesting story with lots of psychologically interesting twists and turns. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Lucy R.
Stoner is one of those books which start slowly and build up to reveal an amazing story. The writing is superb and the characters introduced gradually, each one revealing an aspect... Read morePublished 8 days ago by max beardmore
What a skill to write a book that cam interest you about such a boring life and unattractive person! Read morePublished 8 days ago by Fibee
I admire how John Williams could create such complex characters with such pure, restrained language.
To me this book is really a masterpiece.