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Stoner
Stoner | John Williams
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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Amiable
Stoner | John Williams
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Pickpick

A friend has been urging me for years to read this, and I finally did. My first thought was “what took me so long??” And then my second was, “I‘m so glad I read it now.” This is a book that will hit you differently depending on where you are in your life when you read it. For me in my 50s, it packed a punch. (Review continues) ⬇

Amiable It‘s the story of a man named William Stoner. Born at the end of the 19th-century into a poor Missouri farming family, he‘s sent to the state university to study agronomy. Instead, he falls in love with English literature and becomes a professor, which creates a permanent rift between him and his parents. Over the years, Stoner marries, has a child, experiences disappointments and frustrations and despair and all-too-brief moments of happiness. ⬇ 1w
Amiable And that‘s pretty much the plot – 65 years of a man‘s life in less than 300 pages. Where the book shines is in Williams‘ prose and narration. Every single word is precisely chosen for maximum impact in a compressed space. He uses words simultaneously as the hammer and the nails to create an existential hero out of William Stoner. Stoner is uniquely Stoner, and yet Stoner is all of us. ⬇ 1w
Amiable There is a line that conveys the bleakness of approaching middle-age: “He was 42 years old and he could see nothing before him he wished to enjoy and little behind him he cared to remember.” And then he lives for another nearly 25 years. And Williams carries you along the relentless flow of those years. This novel is perfection. And I don‘t use that term lightly.

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TheBookHippie One of my all time favorites. 1w
PurpleyPumpkin Excellent review! I really enjoyed this one as well. 1w
CindyMyLifeIsLit One of my favorite books!! ❤️ 1w
Tamra This is my favorite novel. 💙 1w
BarbaraBB Such a great novel. Glad you read it ! 1w
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Night_Reader
Stoner | John Williams
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4/5 ?

A book about a quiet man named William Stoner who led a very ordinary and lonely life. It seems boring but the writing is what kept me going. Glad I read it!

"Lust and learning...That‘s really all there is, isn‘t it?"

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CrowCAH
Stoner | John Williams
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Just heard about this book today at work. How it‘s so good, it changed someone‘s life.

Has anyone read it?

DGRachel YES! I thought I was going to hate it, but it was a postal book club book so I made myself start it and couldn‘t put it down. It‘s a quiet book, but so elegantly written. 2mo
Tamra This is my favorite novel of all time. I am afraid to reread it. 💙 2mo
Saknicole It‘s been on my TBR for a decade. I read an excerpt with classes sometimes and love the descriptions. I too have heard amazing things. 2mo
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JamieArc A guy I follow on Instagram, @booksaresick, this is his favorite book (and he has a pretty eclectic reading palate so I trust his judgment). I need to finally put it on my TBR. 2mo
Ruthiella I loved it, but as @DGRachel wrote, it‘s a very quiet book. I think one would have to be in the right mindset for it. 2mo
CindyMyLifeIsLit Absolutely love it—beautifully written, and lots of food for thought. 2mo
zezeki I've read it recently, but I must admit I didn't particularly like it, like @Ruthiella said, I wasn't in the right mindset for it at the time, though it does sound like something I'd enjoy. 2mo
Billypar I'm also in the unpopular opinion camp on this one. I thought the descriptive portions were beautifully written, so I can understand why it's gotten the response it has. But I found the characters and dialogue to be very thin - it seemed to me like the main character was a thinly veiled version of the author, and he had a lot of axes to grind. Just my own read, though - I know it's a favorite book of many! 2mo
jlhammar One of my favorites! 2mo
KCofKaysville @CrowCAH I picked up a copy somewhere and wondered about it. Has good reviews. 2mo
CrowCAH @DGRachel @Tamra @Saknicole @JamieArc @Ruthiella @CindyMyLifeIsLit @zezeki @Billypar @jlhammar @KCofKaysville thank you for all the feedback! Sounds like any book, not going to please all, but it does seem like it has some promise to it. I would like to get back into reading more modern classics, so I‘ll add it to the TBR. 2mo
Cathythoughts Loved it. Stoner ❤️💔 2mo
CrowCAH @Cathythoughts several are of your opinion, they liked it! 👍🏻 2mo
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Jellybeanbon
Stoner | John Williams
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Started reading Stoner recently and I'm absolutely obsessed, despite trying to avoid read heavy reads at the moment as I'm in the final month of my PhD write up I find that I'm grabbing for the book everytime I take a break

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La_Cori
Stoner | John Williams
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Mehso-so

Stoner: ⭐⭐1/2
The Necessary Lie: ⭐⭐⭐

#unpopularopinion
I struggled a lot with Stoner, the book and the character: it took a while to grab me, for most of the novel I was not interested enough and I really disliked the side characters.. at the end I was just waiting for him to react and fight for what he loved.
Anyhow, it's not all negative.. i really appreciate Williams's writing style and the poem collection "The Necessary Lie".

Billypar I had the same response - great descriptive writing, but the characters seemed so flat to me. Like Williams wanted to fictionalize his life to puff himself up and air some grievances. 6mo
La_Cori @Billypar i'm happy i'm not the only one who didn't love this novel! 🙃 99% of the reviews i saw were 4 and 5 stars.. 6mo
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shawnmooney
Stoner | John Williams
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https://youtu.be/fzv3D6Tw5Co

Books mentioned:

Stoner by John Williams

The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne by Brian Moore

The Seventh Cross by Anna Seghers
Margot Bettauer Dembo (Translator)

And about 20 more!

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mrp27
Stoner | John Williams
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#temptingtitles #withoneword

I really need to read this one soon. I‘ve read and heard so many great things about it.

Tamra My favorite novel. 💙 1y
mrp27 @Tamra Another good thing to add to the list! 1y
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sisilia
Stoner | John Williams
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Have I mentioned that I love John Williams? I reread Stoner this month and I fell in love again with his writing 🥰 I plan to read Augustus this year; something that I look forward to but I will be very sad once I finish reading it as it‘s the last work of John Williams that I haven‘t read 😭

Ruthiella I‘ve only read Stoner, but I loved it! I need to read the rest of his books. 1y
sisilia @Ruthiella Yes! Only 3 books and yet all are so different. He disowned his first 1y
vivastory I wasn't aware that he disowned his debut. I thought it was interesting, but nowhere near on the level as Stoner imo. I plan on reading Butcher's Crossing this year. 1y
sisilia @vivastory Yeah it‘s mentioned in the intro of the book (nyrb edition), if i remember correctly 1y
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AmyK1
Stoner | John Williams
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Pickpick

This is a light pick for me-it‘s well written and the characters are well developed. But I did not enjoy it.

This is my #doublespin for December @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks I felt the same way. Good writing, but not enjoyable. 2y
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TheEllieMo
Stoner | John Williams
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#AdventRecommends

A tale of a life unfulfilled.

@emilyrose_x

Sapphire I loved this book. I was astounded by how much I love it because of the slow bleak start. 2y
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mobill76
Stoner | John Williams

Way too close to home. Just an ordinary life, with ordinary disappointments. Living your life may take everything you've got but in the end, on your last day, in your final thoughts; what did it matter? Surprise! It does. This book made me re-examine my own life and re-evaluate my failures. They were actually worse than I thought. But, they are mine. And I will relish my battles on my last day, even if they were against myself.

BookBabe Great review. Sounds like a worthwhile read. 2y
Leftcoastzen I love this book! 2y
BarbaraBB Beautiful review 🤍 2y
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mobill76
Stoner | John Williams

Dispassionately, reasonably, he contemplated the failure that his life must appear to be. He had wanted friendship and the closeness of friendship that might hold him in the race of mankind... He had wanted the singleness and the still connective passion of marriage. He'd had that, too. And he'd not known what to do with it and it had died. He had wanted love and he'd had love and had relinquished it; had let it go into the chaos of potentiality.

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Addison_Reads
Stoner | John Williams
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Pickpick

I enjoyed this quiet story of a man's life and the everyday things he goes through. The writing was beautiful, and although the story was depressing, I found myself aching to see what would happen next.

This isn't a book I devoured quickly. Instead I chose to read a few chapters each night which gave me time to reflect.

There's just something about this book that made me really connect with it. 💚

jlhammar One of my favorites. Glad you enjoyed it! 2y
Tamra My very favorite! 💜 2y
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bthegood
Stoner | John Williams
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Bailedbailed

This is my for real, end of August post! #BookSpinBingo no true bingo since this was a DNF (writing good but story too slow for me, right now) #20in4 did finish 2 books for the readathon #BFC2022 stayed on track with fitness, no true bingo - will try next month (off to the library to get some new books).

@TheAromaofBooks @Andrew65 @wanderinglynn Thanks for hosting!

Make a great day everyone -

wanderinglynn 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🎉 2y
TheAromaofBooks I read this book for a #LMPBC group last year... it was not my cup of tea, although it was interesting to read everyone else's thoughts. 2y
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏🥳🍾🥂😁 2y
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merelybookish
Stoner | John Williams
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Catching up on #Alphabetgame. There were so many #LetterS and #LetterT books that I've loved! So I cheated and picked 2 for each..
📗Stoner by John Williams - an engrossing character study of an average guy
📗Sister Outsider - everything that is said about Audre Lorde's brilliance is true
📗Tempest - Shakespearean romances are my favourite.
📗To the Lighthouse - Woolf had to show up eventually.
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

batsy Great picks. Adore 3 of these, and I should definitely get to Stoner. 2y
merelybookish @batsy IMO, it lives up to the hype of an undersung masterpiece! 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Haven‘t read Audre Lorde, great choices to the others! 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing 📚 2y
jlhammar I love Stoner! 2y
vivastory @batsy I second the ringing endorsement for Stoner. It's one of my fave NYRB Classics 2y
batsy @vivastory @merelybookish I've only heard good things so I really should make the time for it soon! 2y
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bthegood
Stoner | John E. Williams
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#AwesomeAugust last day - I have my grandson today so limited reading time -
Reading for August very slow (see above #BookSpinBingo ) - hope to finish the two current reads and get the last book (on hold at the library) to earn a bingo this month - loved my family trip, love being back at work, love spending time with my grandson - so overall a very good month (grateful 💕).

Make a great day everyone - 🙂

@Andrew65 @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Looking great, and I agree - family time is so precious!! My brother and his daughter were in town this month as well and it was SO good to catch up with them!! 2y
bthegood @TheAromaofBooks thanks and glad you were able to get caught up with your family this month - have a good day 🌞 (edited) 2y
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bthegood
Stoner | John Williams
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#wondrouswednesday
Thanks for the tags @Eggs @TheSpineView

1. yes, just recently The Music Shop
2. Love my days with my grandson - so the worst part of the week is when those days end 😞

Today is a grandson day - so yay - make a great day everyone - 🙂

TheSpineView You're welcome! 2y
Eggs Thanks for playing 🥰 2y
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bthegood
Stoner | John E. Williams
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#BFC2022 @wanderinglynn mid month update:
1. workouts are going great - the first part of the month on a trip that required a lot of walking and time with family
2. reading a bit slow - see above - tired at the end of the day so not much reading but I do not mind giving up reading for quality time with others 💜
3. back to school - back to regular routine - so once I adjust mentally, I will be reading more -
Make a great day everyone - 🌞

wanderinglynn Awesome! Way to go! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
bthegood @wanderinglynn thx for the support and for hosting - 2y
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MrsMalaprop
Stoner | John Williams
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Pickpick

Life sux & then you die? Only kidding. Or am I? 😳🤔🤷‍♀️

I have had this #classic on my #tbr shelf for years. Now that I‘ve finally read it, I‘m not sure what I think about it. Stoner‘s world is dull & drab & sad, yet I wanted to read on.

All can say is thank goodness for KD because the sadness & drabness was really getting to me.

I‘m glad I finally read it. And I can see why it still gets read.

Ruthiella I think, however, that he does get to do a job he loves and that‘s pretty rare in life, even now. 2y
Tamra 😂 Pretty much! It is oddly compelling though. It‘s my all time favorite reading experience, but I‘m afraid to reread it for fear of breaking the spell. 2y
MrsMalaprop @Tamra @Ruthiella It was oddly compelling and affecting. Glad to have read it. 2y
Jeg Well looks like I won‘t be reading it anytime soon. Have to wait for sunshine and light in my life. 2y
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MrsMalaprop
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Making a start on this. I‘ve had it on my #classics radar for some time. #currentlyreading

jlhammar Love Stoner! Hope you enjoy. 2y
Rissreads It‘s on my shelf looking at me. I‘m looking forward to what you think. 2y
Leftcoastzen I loved this book . 2y
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LeahBergen It‘s waiting on my shelf (with a very judgy look about it). 😆 2y
LeeRHarry I really enjoyed this book so hope you do too 😊 2y
Tamra My favorite! ❤️❤️ 2y
Anna40 Loved it so much 2y
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CindyMyLifeIsLit
Stoner | John Williams
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1. The tagged book, but also The Road by Cormac McCarthy, If On a Winter‘s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino, and The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins, to name a few!
2. So friendly and welcoming!!
3. The Gormenghast novels—they‘ve been patiently waiting for years!!
#WondrousWednesday

Eggs Wonderful- thanks for playing 👍🏼📚🥰 2y
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RaeLovesToRead
Stoner | John Williams
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Mehso-so

Stoner is a beautifully written, lyrical portrait of one man's life. William Stoner doesn't so much live his life as endure it and we follow his unremarkable existence through years of academia, marriage, passion and graft.

Sadly, I had some pretty major issues with it which I will spoiler tag in the comments. If you want to read my full review, it's on Goodreads.

I will give it the 4 stars I feel it deserves because the prose was delicious.

RaeLovesToRead Marital rape by a character that is supposed to be sympathetic, poor characterisation of women 2y
Chelsea.Poole Love your mug! 2y
RaeLovesToRead @Chelsea.Poole @TheNeverendingTBR Thanks! It's the inspirational female writer's mug... there is also a general Bibliophile mug 😊 2y
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RaeLovesToRead
Stoner | John Williams

"In his forty-third year William Stoner learned what others, much younger, had learned before him: that the person one loves at first is not the person one loves at last, and that love is not an end but a process through which one person attempts to know another."

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RaeLovesToRead
Stoner | John Williams
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Today's Springtime book pic stars both cornflake and butterscotch tart... how could I choose between the two? 😁

Hope you're all enjoying the gorgeous weather and Bank Holiday weekend!

Extra points if you can spot Pickles in the picture above...

mavey So delish!😋Have a great weekend! 2y
TheNeverendingTBR Hope you like this book as much as I did! 😊 2y
RaeLovesToRead @mavey Thanks! They were both amazing! 😊🥰 2y
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RaeLovesToRead @TheNeverendingTBR Oh Michael, I'm sorry but although I am appreciating the book so far, I also have some MAJOR beef with it (see convo below on one of previous threads about it)... I'll finish it in a couple of days and review it on GR! 2y
squirrelbrain Yummy! And I think I can see a paw….! 2y
RaeLovesToRead @squirrelbrain You got it! A little white paw poking out under the plate haha. 2y
sarahbellum I see a little Pickles paw 😍 2y
Branwen I see a cute little paw! 😸❤ 2y
mavey @RaeLovesToRead That's great! 2y
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RaeLovesToRead
Stoner | John Williams
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Lovely #endpapers on this one too 🥰

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RaeLovesToRead
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"Having come to his studies late, he felt the urgency of study. 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."

I understand this feeling well ?

Leftcoastzen Such a great book! 2y
RaeLovesToRead @Leftcoastzen I've heard nothing book praise about it so far! My version has gorgeous endpapers too... wait! I'll post them... 2y
squirrelbrain Such a good book! 2y
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The_Penniless_Author Happy you're reading this. Such an excellent book, totally lives up to its billing. 2y
RaeLovesToRead @squirrelbrain @The_Penniless_Author I'm a couple of chapters in so far. So many of my friends adore this book that even if I'm underwhelmed I'll have to pretend I love it 😅😅 2y
vivastory One of my favorites of all time 💙💙 2y
RaeLovesToRead @vivastory I'm a third of the way through and so far it's a beautifully written, understated little novel. There is one thing that is bothering me a lot though and it's spoiling my enjoyment of it. Will write about it on GR when I've finished. 2y
Vansa I found this book completely awful.The protagonist is an unredeemable solipsist,and while that would be fine if the book meant to present him as such,but you're supposed to sympathise with him,when all I wanted to do was tell him to get over himself.Also he has a perfectly nice wife,who he literally assaults,and for some reason, we're supposed to dislike her!I found this book little more than a cliched slog,really. 2y
RaeLovesToRead @Vansa You have no idea how relieved I am that someone else has picked up on the marital rape aspect. I know that in the 60s when it was written and the 20s when it takes place, no one would have batted an eyelid, but as a modern reader, I'm really struggling to sympathise with him. Thank you for your thoughts. 2y
Vansa @RaeLovesToRead even given the time it was written in, it's pretty difficult to stomach! And there's no sympathy or kindness shown to his wife! 2y
RaeLovesToRead @Vansa I actually think his wife is quite badly written. She doesn't behave in a way consistent with anyone I've ever met or read about before. Some say it's her complexity, but I don't feel that Williams brings her to life. I'm 2/3 through now and I think I will probably still give the book 4 stars, but with a lengthy review outlining everything I hated about it. I'm not convinced he's 100% right about this Walker chap either... 2y
Vansa @RaeLovesToRead all the women are terribly written! I didn't like the book at all, really. 2y
RaeLovesToRead @Vansa It's one of those books that I could admire, but with A LOT of clauses and reservations. Hearing your thoughts has made me feel a lot saner, so thank you! 2y
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TheNeverendingTBR
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A masterpiece of wonderful writing, unforgettable characters and wisdom.

It tells the story of an ordinary man who deals with life and all that comes his way with extraordinary stoicism and acceptance of the actions of others.

It's often heartbreaking, especially towards the end of the book, but it is never morose and ultimately it is uplifting simply because it is so beautifully written.

Leftcoastzen Such a great read! Nice review. 2y
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RaeLovesToRead
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#two4tuesday @TheSpineView
Thanks for the tag @JenReadsAlot ?

1) I've heard really good things about my (tagged) #roll100 pick, so looking forward to seeing what all the fuss is about ?

2) I'm sure I'll think of one as soon as I post this, but my mind's gone blank.

In my case, I'm sure I drive my family mad by approaching the cat and talking nonsense at her... ("Who's a SNOODLE?!?!?!" "Who is stripy?" "Who has a TAIL?!?!?!?!")

TheSpineView I talk to my dogs and my horse. Wonder what that says about me?!? Thanks for playing! 2y
RaeLovesToRead @TheSpineView 😄🐶🐴💕 I think it's great that we talk to our pets! (Even if I am overusing the word (word?!) Snoodle! Haha) 2y
JenReadsAlot Love those!!! I talk to Frankie all the time! 2y
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Branwen I absolutely talk to my cats the same way! 😸💕👌 2y
DaveGreen7777 I don‘t think anyone could ever get sick of hearing the word “SNOODLE”! 😂 2y
RaeLovesToRead @JenReadsAlot @Branwen I'm glad I'm not the only one! 😄😄 2y
RaeLovesToRead @DaveGreen7777 Hahaha 😅 I'm sure 24 hours in Pickles' and my company would prove you wrong! 🤣🤣 (It is a great word though) 2y
CBee We say “schnoodly” if one of the kiddos has a runny nose 😂😂 the dogs too 😂😂 2y
RaeLovesToRead @CBee Haha! I don't know where it comes from... I think Mum uses it... like a combo of snuggle and noodle maybe 😄 2y
CBee @RaeLovesToRead well, I like it 😁 2y
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RaeLovesToRead
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Here we have my #roll100 picks for March!

The Circle I am using for the Social Horror prompt for #pop22

I've heard really good things about Stoner too. Are there any PopSugar prompts that it fits? (Tagging PopSugar Crew)

@Cinfhen @BarbaraBB @KarenUK @Megabooks @Kalalalatja @Cortg @4thhouseontheleft @Laughterhp

Cinfhen I think you could use it for misleading title. 2y
Cinfhen It‘s also a phenomenal book!! I loved it 😊 2y
Megabooks I agree with @Cinfhen for the pop prompt! 2y
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jlhammar Love Stoner! 2y
PuddleJumper Awesome! 2y
BarbaraBB This book is fantastic!! 2y
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Bookwormjillk
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Stoner was a very underrated classic and surprisingly relatable when I read it a few years ago.

50 Great American Places is set all over the US but when I read it a few years back it really made me want to go back and see the Arch again.

I‘ve only been to Missouri twice- once to St Louis for work, and landed at the airport in Kansas City for a road trip across Kansas. I want to go back to both and all the spots in between!
#RoadTripUSA2022

megnews I was just in St Louis for work last week. It is a great city. 2y
marleed I live less than 2 miles from the Kansas/Missouri border. I‘m often walking across (or alongside) State Avenue and every time I kind of smile thinking about those houses and their neighbors across the street living in a different state! 2y
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TH3F4LC0N
Stoner | John Williams
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Pickpick

Finally read this book! OMG this was amazing! 🥵 Such a simple and direct story told so eloquently and movingly! I LOOOOOOOOOOVED this book! For once the hype was actually warranted! 😅 Anyway, for my full thoughts on this little masterpiece, check out my review on YouTube entitled “Stoner book review: A Little Life”. Just an incredible read! 🥰

Bookwormjillk Such a good book 2y
vivastory This is one of my fave books of all time. 👏 2y
Cathythoughts Great book 👏👏👏 2y
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booksforlife83
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John William's Stoner on how the meaning of “love“ can change with time. #classics

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yoavshai
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#BookCoverChallenge
Day 99.
Here I will note 365 books (or as many as I will have before I get tired) that have shaped my taste in literature. No explanations, no reviews. Just the cover of the book.
I do not challenge anyone. You are all welcome to take part.

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Julsmarshall
Stoner | John Williams
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Pickpick

Outstanding. Quiet and thoughtful, this deeply personal look at an ordinary life is nothing but ordinary. I felt the ache of his solitary life and couldn‘t help but root for his quiet elegance and earnest effort to make his world better. I will consider this one for some time. October #Bookspin @TheAromaofBooks

TrishB Great review. It is a thoughtful book. 3y
ReadingEnvy It's so good! 3y
Tamra My favorite! 💜 3y
Cathythoughts Loved it too .. definitely a reread some day ❤️ 3y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3y
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Julsmarshall
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Lunchtime reading on a beautiful day!

BarbaraBB Such a wonderful book! 3y
youneverarrived Love this book 🤍 3y
Tamra This book was a topic of conversation just tonight. I loved it! 3y
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candority
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Pickpick

Others have called this the perfect novel, and although I don‘t quite agree, I did find it oddly compelling despite its quiet nature. This was my #BookSpin pick for September. 4⭐️ @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3y
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Messiejessie
Stoner | John Williams
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Pickpick

A quiet, thoughtful novel about the ebbs and flows of a life.

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Leftcoastzen
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Did anyone post this? They have great books even if you are not a member of the NYRBbookclub Too late for this months book , but next months? https://www.nyrb.com/

Tamra Very tempting…… 3y
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Paperback.Propensity
Stoner | John Williams
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It's been said over and over. Stoner is about an ordinary guy living an ordinary life, but it is such a darn good book. There were times where I really could not put it down. I recommend it.

TrishB Lovely pic ❤️ 3y
Leftcoastzen A truly great read 3y
Cathythoughts Very memorable book ❤️💔 3y
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rachaich
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Beautiful.
This re read for the library book club has resonated as much as my first reading. Simple prose describing a simple life yet so rich in all it says, and doesn't say.
Stoner's acceptance of all that life gives and takes away. His reluctance to defy it.
"What did you expect" is the line I take from this novel.

Cathythoughts Nice review! I think I‘ll reread this one sometime too ❤️👍🏻 what I remember is when he says / thinks in the end .. ‘ so this is what it‘s like ‘ ... I love your quote too 3y
TrishB Lovely review ❤️ 3y
Tamra My all time favorite novel if I had to pick one! I‘m afraid to reread it, though I think I will. 💙 (edited) 3y
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rachaich @Tamra it is definitely worth it 😍😊 3y
Tamra @rachaich my copy went missing so I ordered a new one yesterday. 😁 3y
rachaich @Tamra 😂😍 3y
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Cazxxx
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This book seems plain and unremarkable but it somehow draws you in and makes you feel like you‘ve just read something epic

Cathythoughts Absolutely ❤️ 3y
The_Penniless_Author 100% agree! 3y
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The_Penniless_Author
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I don't have the words to explain just how great this novel is. Imagine the most successful eulogy in the world, one that would make a complete stranger feel for the departed the same grief that the closest intimate would feel. That, in essence, is what this novel does, transforming what on the surface would appear an utterly quotidian life into a heroic epic. It achieves what it sets out to do with such precision that it really may be...

The_Penniless_Author ... a “perfect“ novel, as several author blurbs attest. It is somehow utterly specific to the MC and his time/place, yet universal in its depiction of a Sisyphean struggle to wring meaning/happiness/fulfillment out of a life over which one has little control. I love, love, LOVE this book! 3y
The_Penniless_Author @Milara I think this would translate very well. There's nothing baroque about the language, not a lot of colloquialisms. The style is straightforward realism, just done with such precision that it elevates to high art. As for the American thing, maybe it's tough for me to tell, being American, but I would say no, not in the way you mean. 3y
paulfrankspencer Do we need someone to translate it from American to English? 3y
kspenmoll Wonderful review! 3y
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The_Penniless_Author
Stoner | John Williams
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He took a grim and ironic pleasure from the possibility that what little learning he had managed to acquire had led him to this knowledge: that in the long run all things, even the learning that let him know this, were futile and empty, and at last diminished into a nothingness they did not alter.

Leftcoastzen This book! ❤️💔 3y
Cathythoughts Stoner ❤️ up for a reread someday 👍🏻 3y
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The_Penniless_Author
Stoner | John Williams
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#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

William Stoner entered the University of Missouri as a freshman in the year 1910, at the age of nineteen.

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The_Penniless_Author
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She was educated upon the premise that she would be protected from the gross events that life might thrust in her way, and upon the premise that she had no other duty than to be a graceful and accomplished accessory to that protection, since she belonged to a social and economic class to which protection was an almost sacred obligation.

Louise Such a good book! 3y
The_Penniless_Author @Louise I've heard so much about it, and I definitely haven't been disappointed so far. 3y
Louise After I read it, I read The Professor‘s House, by Willa Cather. It was interesting to read two books with the basic similarity of a MC who is a professor but so vastly different in how the authors went about telling the story. 3y
The_Penniless_Author @Louise I'd be interested in seeing the difference. To me, with Stoner, the MC's profession is almost incidental. It's really just the story of a life - an average, ordinary life in the conventional sense, but dramatized in such a way as to make you recognize the heroism in it. I've never heard of The Professor's House, but I'll have to check it out. 3y
Louise I‘d be interested in hearing your response to the two books. Happy reading! 3y
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The_Penniless_Author
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Like many men who consider their success incomplete, he was extraordinarily vain and consumed with a sense of his own importance.

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britt_reads
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Starting my #nyrb collection 😍 #bookhaul

BarbaraBB They are all wonderful books. My personal favorite is 3y
BarbaraBB But I loved all of these! 3y
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Leftcoastzen
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Many Littens love it. Many say it‘s an American classic that most do not know about. An amazing read cheap on Amazon today!It made my best of list the year I read it.

plemmdog It‘s been sitting in my to-read pile for a while. Maybe 2021! 4y
Leftcoastzen @plemmdog It is excellent! 4y
Villette What website sold it for just $1.99?... 3y
Leftcoastzen @Villette It was on an Amazon Kindle special on that day . You never know what might pop up. 3y
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