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ETA - I see that there are copies available at both our neighboring library systems. I think we have reciprocal privileges - maybe I'll just drive over and get it myself.
The blurb on the back of the book says, "Driven even deeper within himself, Stoner rediscovers the stoic silence of his forebears and confronts an essential solitude." I'm reading The Bone People right now, and one of the main themes is "isolation," but I'm not finding it depressing, since the main character seems to embrace the isolation. Stoner seems like it has a more depressing twist.
I'll be eager to hear what people think about the book!
What's-his-name, the crippled member of the faculty, at least his bad behavior makes a little bit of sense, although why it is directed at Stoner I have no idea. The scene with the qualifying exam was hilarious; and the whole situation involving the handicapped student was familiar. Not because of the handicap, but because if you spend enough time in university departments you will inevitably encounter the student who clearly can't do the work and doesn't belong, but is kept around because he/she/it is somebody important's pet. Annoying to the rest of us, but I never imagined how frustrating it would be to be on the professor side of the equation, and not be able to kick somebody out who deserves it.
So I guess for me, the reason why I liked the book (not raving best-book-ever-OMG, but still a good read) is the academic setting. I'm not a literature person, not by training anyway, but the types of people you see in academic departments are the same throughout academia. I've seen a number of Gordon Finches, for instance. They're nice, but you wouldn't have to rely on them.
What did everyone else think? Another plus in my opinion: I love this NYRB classics imprint. The books feel so nice.
I think I agree with you, Jenn. Not a favorite book, and I like your description as "melancholy" rather than depressing. I was also sad over the others' treatment of Stoner, especially Edith. Anyone who deprives a child of someone they obviously love ought to be hog-tied.
I never quite understood why Stoner never made it to one of the higher levels over the others who did (department chair, dean, etc.). He would have done a much better job, I thought. And I also chortled over the qualifying exam. I haven't spent much time in university departments, but some of the stories my son brings home from college make me want to go up there and have a talk with the principal (j/k--I know they don't have principals in college).
Overall, I did like the book, although I can't say why. I guess it was the writing--it really was a well-written book, and I'm glad I read it!
Not so much a sad story as a story about a sad life
Yes, this, exactly.
I had mixed feelings about this book which may be in part due to listening to it. Not my preferred method. I was able to follow the simple linear story without any difficulty but the reader's voice almost put me to sleep. This could have been a problem as I spent the last six hours listening while I was driving to and from Kansas City.
Briefly the book is about William Stoner, son of hard-working farmers who sent him to the University of Missouri to learn "modern" farming methods in the early part of the 20th Century. Instead, he falls in love with literature and becomes a college professor. His biggest mistake in life was marrying Edith, a spoiled wealthy young woman, who should have sent him running for the hills of the Ozarks. She completely sucked all the life and joy out of both him and their daughter Grace. Stoner also makes a lifelong enemy in the English Department. Between the two of them, Stoner's life becomes a miserable existence.
The writing is very good, but not good enough to put any pizzazz into this dreary tale. I think if I had been reading it, I might have been caught up in the lovely language and given it a higher rating. I thought the ending was superb.