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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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MrsMalaprop
Stoner | John Williams
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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. 1mo
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. 1mo
MrsMalaprop @Tamra @Ruthiella It was oddly compelling and affecting. Glad to have read it. 1mo
Jeg Well looks like I won‘t be reading it anytime soon. Have to wait for sunshine and light in my life. 1mo
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MrsMalaprop
Stoner | John Williams
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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. 1mo
Rissreads It‘s on my shelf looking at me. I‘m looking forward to what you think. 1mo
Leftcoastzen I loved this book . 1mo
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LeahBergen It‘s waiting on my shelf (with a very judgy look about it). 😆 1mo
LeeRHarry I really enjoyed this book so hope you do too 😊 1mo
Tamra My favorite! ❤️❤️ 1mo
Anna40 Loved it so much 1mo
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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 👍🏼📚🥰 2mo
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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 2mo
Chelsea.Poole Love your mug! 2mo
RaeLovesToRead @Chelsea.Poole @TheNeverendingTBR Thanks! It's the inspirational female writer's mug... there is also a general Bibliophile mug 😊 2mo
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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! 2mo
TheNeverendingTBR Hope you like this book as much as I did! 😊 2mo
RaeLovesToRead @mavey Thanks! They were both amazing! 😊🥰 2mo
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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! 2mo
squirrelbrain Yummy! And I think I can see a paw….! 2mo
RaeLovesToRead @squirrelbrain You got it! A little white paw poking out under the plate haha. 2mo
sarahbellum I see a little Pickles paw 😍 2mo
RaeLovesToRead @sarahbellum 😁😁😁 2mo
Branwen I see a cute little paw! 😸❤ 2mo
mavey @RaeLovesToRead That's great! 2mo
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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! 2mo
RaeLovesToRead @Leftcoastzen I've heard nothing book praise about it so far! My version has gorgeous endpapers too... wait! I'll post them... 2mo
squirrelbrain Such a good book! 2mo
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The_Penniless_Author Happy you're reading this. Such an excellent book, totally lives up to its billing. 2mo
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 😅😅 2mo
vivastory One of my favorites of all time 💙💙 2mo
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. 2mo
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. 2mo
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. 2mo
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! 2mo
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... 2mo
Vansa @RaeLovesToRead all the women are terribly written! I didn't like the book at all, really. 2mo
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! 2mo
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TheNeverendingTBR
Stoner | John Williams
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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. 3mo
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RaeLovesToRead
Stoner | John Williams
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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! 4mo
RaeLovesToRead @TheSpineView 😄🐶🐴💕 I think it's great that we talk to our pets! (Even if I am overusing the word (word?!) Snoodle! Haha) 4mo
JenReadsAlot Love those!!! I talk to Frankie all the time! 4mo
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Branwen I absolutely talk to my cats the same way! 😸💕👌 4mo
DaveGreen7777 I don‘t think anyone could ever get sick of hearing the word “SNOODLE”! 😂 4mo
RaeLovesToRead @JenReadsAlot @Branwen I'm glad I'm not the only one! 😄😄 4mo
RaeLovesToRead @DaveGreen7777 Hahaha 😅 I'm sure 24 hours in Pickles' and my company would prove you wrong! 🤣🤣 (It is a great word though) 4mo
CBee We say “schnoodly” if one of the kiddos has a runny nose 😂😂 the dogs too 😂😂 4mo
RaeLovesToRead @CBee Haha! I don't know where it comes from... I think Mum uses it... like a combo of snuggle and noodle maybe 😄 4mo
CBee @RaeLovesToRead well, I like it 😁 4mo
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RaeLovesToRead
Stoner | John Williams
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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. 4mo
Cinfhen It‘s also a phenomenal book!! I loved it 😊 4mo
Megabooks I agree with @Cinfhen for the pop prompt! 4mo
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jlhammar Love Stoner! 4mo
PuddleJumper Awesome! 4mo
BarbaraBB This book is fantastic!! 4mo
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Bookwormjillk
Stoner | John Williams
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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. 4mo
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! 4mo
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TH3F4LC0N
Stoner | John Williams
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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 5mo
vivastory This is one of my fave books of all time. 👏 5mo
Cathythoughts Great book 👏👏👏 5mo
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booksforlife83
Stoner | John Williams
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John William's Stoner on how the meaning of “love“ can change with time. #classics

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yoavshai
Stoner | John Williams
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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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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. 9mo
ReadingEnvy It's so good! 8mo
Tamra My favorite! 💜 8mo
Cathythoughts Loved it too .. definitely a reread some day ❤️ 8mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 8mo
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Julsmarshall
Stoner | John Williams
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Lunchtime reading on a beautiful day!

BarbaraBB Such a wonderful book! 9mo
youneverarrived Love this book 🤍 9mo
Tamra This book was a topic of conversation just tonight. I loved it! 9mo
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candority
Stoner | John Williams
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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!!! 9mo
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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
Stoner | John Williams
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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…… 12mo
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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 ❤️ 13mo
Leftcoastzen A truly great read 13mo
Cathythoughts Very memorable book ❤️💔 13mo
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rachaich
Stoner | John Williams
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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 13mo
TrishB Lovely review ❤️ 13mo
Tamra My all time favorite novel if I had to pick one! I‘m afraid to reread it, though I think I will. 💙 (edited) 13mo
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rachaich @Tamra it is definitely worth it 😍😊 13mo
Tamra @rachaich my copy went missing so I ordered a new one yesterday. 😁 13mo
rachaich @Tamra 😂😍 13mo
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Cazxxx
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Pickpick

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 ❤️ 14mo
The_Penniless_Author 100% agree! 14mo
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The_Penniless_Author
Stoner | John Williams
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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! 1y
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. 1y
paulfrankspencer Do we need someone to translate it from American to English? 1y
kspenmoll Wonderful review! 1y
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The_Penniless_Author
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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! ❤️💔 1y
Cathythoughts Stoner ❤️ up for a reread someday 👍🏻 1y
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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! 1y
The_Penniless_Author @Louise I've heard so much about it, and I definitely haven't been disappointed so far. 1y
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. 1y
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. 1y
Louise I‘d be interested in hearing your response to the two books. Happy reading! 1y
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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 1y
BarbaraBB But I loved all of these! 1y
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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! 2y
Leftcoastzen @plemmdog It is excellent! 2y
Villette What website sold it for just $1.99?... 6mo
Leftcoastzen @Villette It was on an Amazon Kindle special on that day . You never know what might pop up. 6mo
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Bookwormjillk
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1) done
2) I couldn‘t get through Les Miserables
3) Colson Whitehead is a good one, or The Hate U Give. Maybe A Man Called Ove or A Piece of the World

#SundayFunDay

Cathythoughts Number 1. Excellent choice ✨ 2y
ozma.of.oz I agree on two! Les Mis took me months! 😂 Thanks for posting! 2y
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AlizaApp
Stoner | John Williams
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On the surface, a story of an ordinary Missouri man in 1910s, born to be farmer but who goes to university and becomes an academic. He misses the world wars but sees his peers and students go. His marriage is unhappy. His career stalls out. And yet, though often bleak, there are moments of joy. The writing is plain but lovely. I couldn‘t stop thinking about it for a while.

LoveToReadLiveToRead Ooo, I like that cover! 2y
Leftcoastzen It‘s a great novel. 2y
TrishB That‘s a lovely copy ❤️ 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Ooh I haven‘t seen this anniversary edition. 👍💗 Great read. 2y
emilyhaldi This became an instant favorite for me ❤️ 2y
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JennyM
Stoner | John Williams
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Such a simple story and not a word out of place. Really remarkable ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

j9brown Definitely a five star read 😊 2y
BiblioLitten I have been wanting to read this since ages! 2y
TrishB Loved it ❤️ 2y
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Kalalalatja Glad you liked it! 👌 2y
JennyM @Tanisha_A @BiblioLitten I REALLY think you‘d both love it. It‘s really amazing. A true classic. 2y
JennyM @j9brown so good!!! I wish I‘d known you were reading it too, we could have buddy read and swooned at the beautiful writing together (edited) 2y
JennyM @TrishB @Kalalalatja it was amazing and I think part of that was the authenticity. I think we might have a few William Stoners at work 😉 2y
TrishB Yes I definitely recognise them too! 2y
Cathythoughts A memorable book ❤️💔 2y
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j9brown
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The story of the unremarkable life of a humble professor. Really wonderful writing. Going to be thinking about this one for a while.
Would have never picked this up without the rave reviews I've seen here, so thanks Littens!

Cathythoughts Such a good book 👍🏻❤️ 2y
TrishB A great read 👍🏻 2y
AmyG Yep. Thank you, Litsy. I enjoyed this, too. 2y
JennyM I‘ve just finished this and, wow, beautiful story! 2y
Leftcoastzen I might have missed it too . It gets so much Litsy love. 2y
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JennyM
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Starting the morning with this beauty. I think I‘m going to love it ♥️

vivastory Hands down one of my favorites of the year 2y
JennyM @vivastory the writing is gorgeous. 2y
Kalalalatja Such a good book. I was blown away by it when I read it some years ago 👌 2y
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JennyM @Kalalalatja I‘m on a bit of a mission at the moment to read some of the books that I‘ve had on my pile for a long time. And so far I‘m reading some of the best books I‘ve ever read. This one is going to be up there I‘m sure! 2y
squirrelbrain I loved this one when I read it last year - enjoy! 2y
JennyM @squirrelbrain thanks my lovely 😘 2y
MrsMalaprop I have this patiently waiting on my shelf. Look forward to your review. 2y
JennyM @MrsMalaprop it is worth the wait and such a beloved read it seems. Hope you are keeping well in WA xxx 2y
BarbaraBB I think so too 😀 2y
Tanisha_A I have got to get to this. Will look forward to your thoughts. 🙂 2y
JennyM @BarbaraBB @Tanisha_A so many good reads for me at the moment 🙌 2y
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Cinfhen
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KarenUK Fun fact.... I briefly met Seal at a Red Hot Chili Peppers gig at the Brixton Academy when I was 17.... I‘d abandoned my boyfriend, for fear of getting crushed at the front of the crowd, and was attempting to get the attention of the bartender at the a very crushed bar. The lovely Seal, got his attention (I mean he is about 9 ft tall!!) and bought me a drink! I was swooning so hard I said a meek little thank you and that was it! 😂 2y
Cinfhen That‘s an AWESOME story 🙌🏻 @KarenUK how has it never come up before??!!? 😘😘we need to have a lunch date ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️ 2y
AlaMich That‘s a great story! I love Seal! 2y
KarenUK We DO need a lunch date! 2020 sucks! 2y
Cinfhen Agreed @KarenUK 2020 sucks BIG TIME😝 2y
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theadl
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I find Stoner to be a very interesting character as he doesn't succeed in the conventional sense of the world. Pursuing knowledge is what he dedicates his life to. It is what gives his life meaning and purpose. He studies and teaches without egotistical or financial motivations; he does so with pure intentions - with love. Like Stoner, our humble lives can be as brave, meaningful, and beautiful as any hero.

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Reviewsbylola
Stoner | John Williams
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I‘m a day late for #bookreport

I decided to do a roundup for the first half of 2020. What a wild ride its been.

I hit 50% of my Goodreads goal yesterday, so a few days later than I would have liked, but such is life.

I‘m over halfway through my goal of 24 classics this year. I‘ve read 12 on my own and an additional 3 with my kids, for a total of 15 classics. #classics2020. I‘m listing my top three classics I‘ve read in 2020 above.

britt_brooke 👏🏻 I was planning on one classic per month, but have fallen behind. 😩 I need to get to Stoner finally. 2y
Reviewsbylola To be fair, many of my choices have been made for me—I haven‘t gotten to many of the classics I actually intended to read for the challenge. Rereads of Jane Austen, Thomas Hardy, and quite a few others. @britt_brooke 2y
Cinfhen Wait.... Stoner is a classic???? Oh yay!!! I read that book in May or June and I read BFG is that a classic??? Because then I‘m back on track 😁 2y
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Cinfhen Stoner was EXCELLENT @britt_brooke 2y
Cinfhen Congrats on reaching 100 🎉🥳🎉🥳🎉🥳🎉that‘s fabulous 2y
Cinfhen I should do a breakdown of my book tally....I probably have more audiobooks than physical books 2y
Reviewsbylola I mean, it can be a classic if you want. I agree, it feels iffy to count it but oh well! @Cinfhen 2y
Reviewsbylola The Roald Dahl book The BFG is def a classic! @Cinfhen 2y
Cinfhen Thanks, Steph ....I‘ll count it ...it WILL be a classic and it feels like a classic and the cover looks like a classic 🤓#IfADuckWaddles 😉 (edited) 2y
LeahBergen I‘ve had A Lady of Quality sitting on my shelves for ages. I should get to it! 2y
BarbaraBB Wow, great job! And Stoner is so good! 2y
britt_brooke @Cinfhen So good to hear! Moving it up in the ol‘ TBR. 2y
Reviewsbylola She‘s one of my favorite authors! @LeahBergen 2y
Reviewsbylola We‘re going to go with it. 😂 @Cinfhen 2y
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Cinfhen
Stoner | John Williams
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Wow this quiet novel just left me momentarily transfixed. And under 300 pages 🙌🏻This is EVERYTHING I want in a 5 star read ~ beautiful writing, strong sense of time & place, believable & identifiable characterization and a well crafted full bodied story. It‘s a book I can‘t describe because it‘s a simple story of an ordinary life. #ReadingUSA2020 #Missouri

Minervasbutler Loved it 2y
callielafleur One of my all time favorites! Also what kind of flowers are these?? They're gorgeous! 2y
squirrelbrain I loved it too! ❤️ 2y
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LeeRHarry Loved this one too 😊 2y
Cathythoughts Great review ❤️👍🏻I loved it too 2y
Leftcoastzen I just read it too ! Great review of an incredible book. 2y
TrishB A lovely read ❤️ 2y
erzascarletbookgasm In the love camp too! 2y
KarenUK Read it this year too.... it‘s lovely isn‘t it💕 2y
Cinfhen Such gorgeous writing @Minervasbutler @squirrelbrain @LeeRHarry @Cathythoughts @Leftcoastzen @TrishB @erzascarletbookgasm @KarenUK its for bookclub next week 💕Any question suggestions... it‘s my turn to moderate 2y
Cinfhen I LOVE these flowers too @callielafleur but I have no idea what they are called🤷🏼‍♀️💜 2y
BarbaraBB Happy you loved it! Such a gorgeous book. 2y
Reviewsbylola Sooooo good! 2y
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Leftcoastzen
Stoner | John Williams
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Part of Stoner‘s greatness is that it sees life whole & as it is,without delusion yet without despair-Tim Kreider
An emotional slow burn of a novel, a character driven masterpiece that follows the life of William Stoner who goes to university to study agriculture & falls in love with literature.Williams masterfully gives details of a life with limited joys, devastating disappointments ,& how humans go on , despite all that.Stunning !⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

kspenmoll Wonderful review! 2y
Leftcoastzen @kspenmoll Thank You! 2y
Cathythoughts Beautiful review... I loved this one 2y
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Leftcoastzen @Cathythoughts thanks, it was an amazing book ! 2y
ValerieAndBooks A very good book! 2y
Cinfhen Perfect review 💗 2y
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Cinfhen
Stoner | John Williams
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#BookMail Yay!! My June bookclub choice arrived from #BookDepository ♥️Took about 3 weeks, which is pretty much standard turnaround time😆#NoComplaints

starlight97 I just received the same bookmark with my order! 😄 2y
TrishB Nice cover 👍🏻 2y
Cinfhen Ha!!! I like this new series of bookmarks @starlight97 ♥️I like this cover too @TrishB and the print inside is on the larger size 🙌🏻😻 2y
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LeeRHarry It‘s weird but my order from Book Depository arrived more quickly than it usually does! 🤷🏼‍♀️ (edited) 2y
julesG That bookmark 😂😂😂 2y
erzascarletbookgasm I like the cover too. 👍 I‘m still waiting for my orders placed on 22 Apr! 🙄 2y
Cinfhen I think that‘s the date I placed my order @erzascarletbookgasm so 🤞🏼🤞🏼that your order will be there soon💓right @julesG 😜I was pleasantly surprised by the delivery time @LeeRHarry 2y
KarenUK Love that cover too! 😍But I think Stoner looks a bit too handsome compared to how I imagined him! 2y
erzascarletbookgasm @KarenUK Not how I imagine Stoner either! 2y
merelybookish I just read Stoner and loved it! 2y
Cinfhen I‘m seeing so much love for Stoner/ I‘m guessing it‘ll make for good discussion @merelybookish @erzascarletbookgasm @KarenUK 2y
Megabooks 👍🏻👍🏻🎉🎉📚📚 2y
Cathythoughts Great book ❤️💔 2y
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Daisey
Stoner | John Williams
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I received the next book chosen by @Faibka for our #CovertoCover group and just sat down to read all the notes about her previous pick, Stoner. I loved seeing the original notes as well as notes made by others in agreement or reply. It is a slow but fascinating way to share and discuss books, and this one generated quite a bit. Sending Litsy love to everyone in our wonderful postal book group! 📚 💕

Mccall0113 💖 2y
tpixie I love going back and reading all the journal entries! ♥️😊♥️ 2y
auduibiditalia Should I read it? It looks interesting, but I‘m not sure if it‘s worth getting. 2y
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EugeneVS
Stoner | John Williams
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9/10

Cathythoughts Great book ... just reading Butchers Crossing now ... also very good 👍🏻 2y
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merelybookish
Stoner | John E. Williams
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I finished a book! 🎉🎉 I was prepared to love it (it's been described as the anti-Gatsby great American novel), and boy did I! So much life packed into this book, some of it ordinary, some of it quite painful and sad, but moments of passion, beauty, and grace too. It broke my heart a bit. Especially his daughter's story. Bonus that he was an English professor and it was set in Missouri. (It seems a very Midwestern tale.) Just so good!

WanderingBookaneer This has been on my TBR for a while. Your review has piqued my curiosity. Stay safe! 2y
vivastory This is one of my favorite books of the year 2y
BarbaraBB I‘ve read this years ago and never forgot about it. So good! 2y
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TrishB Loved it too 👍🏻 2y
Cathythoughts I too loved this one. I remember lines from it still .... so good. Yes , so sad about his daughter 2y
hilded It‘s a beautiful novel, glad you enjoyed it! 2y
jewright I haven‘t heard of this before, but I‘m intrigued. 2y
KarenUK I read this this year too.... Loved it 💕 2y
Blaire Totally agree. Very midwestern in its sensibility. 2y
sarahbarnes So glad you loved it! 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Loved this too 👍 2y
merelybookish @WanderingBookaneer Thank you! I hope you're safe too! And Stoner is worth a try! 2y
merelybookish @vivastory One of the reasons I was pretty sure I'd like it! 2y
merelybookish @BarbaraBB That makes sense. It feels like a book that stays with you. 2y
merelybookish @TrishB @erzascarletbookgasm @Cathythoughts I knew many of you loved it, which is why I expected to love it too. 2y
merelybookish @hilded Very beautiful! 2y
merelybookish @jewright It's the great American novel no one has heard of (according to the New Yorker.) I think you'd like it! 2y
merelybookish @KarenUK Another book we agree on! 2y
merelybookish @Blaire Yes, very Midwestern! Having lived in Missouri for many years added to my appreciation for the book. 2y
merelybookish @sarahbarnes I did! I think you'd like it too. 2y
LeahBergen Waiting on my shelves! 👍🏻 2y
sarahbarnes Adding it to my list! 😊 2y
merelybookish @LeahBergen It would be a great NYRBbookclubpick. I know some of us have read it, but I would re-read it. 2y
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Thousand-Lives
Stoner | John Williams
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Stoner is “just” the story of an ordinary man, but the beautiful writing and melancholy tone elevate this book into something much more extraordinary. My 5-star reading streak continues! ⭐️ April #bookspin

merelybookish I just started this 2y
Thousand-Lives @merelybookish I hope you enjoy it! I loved it, but do feel like I need to read something a bit lighter next. 2y
TheAromaofBooks I read this for #LMPBC earlier this year, and while I didn't love it (too melancholy for me - I lost it at the point where even his daughter wasn't allowed to have a happy life, oh my gosh) the writing was just so, so amazing. 2y
Thousand-Lives @TheAromaofBooks YES! It‘s a heavy book. I love books most people would consider depressing, it drives my family crazy because I always recommend the most bleak reads to them. 🤣 I‘m looking for a lighter read now for a palate cleanser. 2y
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