- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Classics (5 July 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099561549
- ISBN-13: 978-0099561545
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1,068 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Stoner: A Novel (Vintage Classics) Paperback – 5 Jul 2012
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"I was stunned by it... It’s beautifully written in simple but brilliant prose, a novel of an ordinary life, an examination of a quiet tragedy, the work of a great but little-known writer" (Ruth Rendell Guardian)
"A masterpiece of sad lucidity, as moving as it is psychologically compelling" (Peter Kemp Sunday Times)
"It is a remarkably affecting story, told in quiet, unshowy prose" (Stefan Collini Times Literary Supplement)
"In recent times I have owed more to word of mouth than to the statements of reviewers, when it comes to finding my way to rewarding work published or reissued… This is also true, or truer still, of Stoner" (Karl Miller Times Literary Supplement)
"My favourite book of the year...a masterpiece―beautifully written with a rare tenderness and wisdom that will make you want to read it again" (Jonathan Pugh Daily Mail)
"With prose of breathtaking clarity, and a narrative that flows along seamlessly, Williams subverts the American dream via an underachieving and rather unlucky university lecturer... Anyone who loves literature will surely love this" (Judy Moir Herald)
"The other book that cheered me up this year was Stoner by John Williams…re-emerging this year – rather triumphantly (and permanently this time, I think)" (Robin Robertson Glasgow Sunday Herald)
"A compassionate depiction of Everyman that celebrates the transformative power of literature" (Melonie Clarke The Lady)
"A beautiful, sad, utterly convincing account of an entire life… I’m amazed a novel this good escaped general attention for so long" (Ian McEwan)
"A terrific novel of echoing sadness" (Julian Barnes)
"Stoner is a brilliant, beautiful, inexorably sad, wise, and elegant novel" (Nick Hornby The Believer)
"I have read few novels as deep and as clear as John Williams' Stoner. It deserves to be called a quiet classic of American literature" (Chad Harbach)
"One of the great forgotten novels of the past century. I have bought at least 50 copies of it in the past few years, using it as a gift for friends. It is universally adored by writers and readers alike. The book is so beautifully paced and cadenced that it deserves the status of classic" (Colum McCann Guardian)
"A beautiful and moving novel, as sweeping, intimate and mysterious as life itself" (Geoff Dyer)
"One of the great unheralded 20th century American novels...Almost perfect" (Bret Easton Ellis)
"It's simply a novel about a guy who goes to college and becomes a teacher. But its one of the most fascinating things that you've ever come across" (Tom Hanks Time)
"John Williams's Stoner is something rarer than a great novel -- it is a perfect novel, so well told and beautifully written, so deeply moving, that it takes your breath away...few stories this sad could be so secretly triumphant, or so exhilarating. Williams brings to Stoner's fate a quality of attention, a rare empathy, that shows us why this unassuming life was worth living." (New York Times)
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I think its the sort of book that if you took a liking to it you could ignore its many faults. I found it quite inconsistent in quality as if the author had written a few shorter pieces that were quite good, and decided to link them together to make up a person's whole life so he could make a whole book. Good in parts - but in terms of overall feel it does not add up to a coherent whole deserving of the name 'classic'. Or really worth the effort of reading to be honest!!
I finished it this morning, buried my head in my pillow and cried a bit. I realise that I will miss William Stoner. Technically, I spent only two days with him but I felt the whole life of the character. This is one that will keep flooding back.
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