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Stoner (1965)

por John Williams

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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 scholar's 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 Williams's 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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Hated it. The passivity of the protagonist/title character is repellent. He just can't ever quite think what he might do to escape his unhappy marriage, mitigate the enmity of a colleague, keep the woman he loves, or help his drunkard daughter. His lover is a middle-aged academic male's fantasy. Young ... beautiful ... she loves ... she lusts ... she learns ... she makes no demands ... she leaves. Stoner's academic specialty is the Latin (classical) tradition in English literature, but he apparently learned nothing from either Latin or English literature. Passivity does not equal stoicism. Just ugh. ( )
1 vote AJ12754 | Apr 15, 2024 |
The man may be unremarkable but the book sure is not. ( )
  maryriii | Apr 13, 2024 |
I resisted reading Stoner for sometime because of the title although I was aware of people blogging about it and enjoying it. The title seemed to conjure thoughts about drugs, being stoned but nothing could be further from the truth. It is the story of the complete life of William Stoner, his work, marriage, his daughter, his affair and his death. It is a story about academia but also of one man who has an ordinary life and for whom we might feel some sadness.

Written in the 60s, much of this story is timeless. As the only child of farmers, Stoner has the opportunity to study agriculture and does so for two years until he has to take a class in literature. It is during that time he realises the potential of books to change the world, changes his degree and in doing so changes his own world.

He marries a woman who has mental health issues and is at times disturbing. I don't know of many people who do not have sex with their husband on their wedding night and then some time later lie on the bed naked all day waiting for their husband to come home and impregnate them. At times she is viciously mean, turning their daughter Grace against Stoner, imperious, frightened and often to be found in bed. The impact of her behaviour on their daughter lingers and although she escapes the home, she doesn't escape the trauma of a mother whose illness was left undiagnosed and untreated.

Stoner makes an enemy of a colleague who becomes the Head of Department and who does everything in his power to get rid of him. An argument over whether a student is brilliant or a sham is played out in detail and nothing is the same at work for Stoner after that. It has to be said that this academic back-stabbing and politicking is played out time and time again in books with nothing changing and with this version being extremely well-observed and recorded for posterity.

All through the ups and downs of Stoner's life, and it does feel as if there are more downs than ups, he maintains an air of acceptance about what he can not change but is passionate about being a teacher and what it means to teach. When he discovers what it means to be a teacher, there is guilt for all the students he dealt with beforehand. It is as a teacher that he comes to understand himself and literature and its place in our world.

The power of the voice in this book is incredible. It is restrained yet persistent. It never slips for one moment and never lets us out of its grasp. It is of one who is resigned to his life and to the fact that posterity is not his despite writing a book and being a good teacher. I waited and waited for Stoner's fight back, his triumph, but it never came unless it is disguised as resilience. It feels quite pessimistic but in fact is probably nearer to the truth of most people's lives ( )
1 vote allthegoodbooks | Mar 27, 2024 |
Stoner, ovvero l'elogio del nulla.
In altre parole, un romanzo straordinario incentrato su un uomo ordinario; apparentemente sembrerebbe un paradosso, come è possibile raggiungere vette altissime di intensità e partecipazione emotiva nel leggere il dipanarsi di un'esistenza mediocre? Eppure Williams ci riesce e nel farlo dimostra come non servano grandi imprese per rendere una vita degna di essere vissuta; non è però una celebrazione retorica dell'unicità di ognuno di noi, anzi l'autore insiste proprio sul contrario: Stoner è un uomo come tanti, con una vita costellata di piccoli fallimenti ed ancor più piccoli trionfi: il punto è proprio che qualunque esistenza se esaminata dal punto di vista di chi si trova a viverla diventa un turbinio di emozioni. Siamo tutti un po' Stoner, questo è il segreto del romanzo.
Naturalmente oltre alle riflessioni sul senso della vita il testo ci offre molto altro: è un ritratto arguto dell'ambiente universitario, una disamina lucidissima sulla crisi matrimoniale e più in generale un affresco dell'America borghese ed intellettuale durante la prima metà del novecento.
Peccato solo che soprattutto all'inizio il ritmo sia lento, ci si mette un po' ad entrare in sintonia col romanzo e in particolare col suo protagonista.
Opera indefinibile ed indimenticabile. ( )
  Lilirose_ | Mar 19, 2024 |
Golly, what a great book. It's an intimate, and both quite painful and joyful at times, insight into the heart and mind of William Stoner, a man from a poor farming family who becomes an English professor. Not much happens - unless you count a troubled marriage, an intense love affair with a student, and academic rivalries and friendships. But the writing is clear and clean and warm and vital - just the right balances of dialogue and description, of plot and reflection, of bitter and sweet. As the introduction rightly explains: 'If the novel can be said to have one central idea, it is surely that of love, the many forms love takes and all the forces that oppose it.' ( )
  breathslow | Jan 27, 2024 |
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Part of “Stoner” ’s greatness is that it sees life whole and as it is, without delusion yet without despair. Stoner realizes at the last that he found what he sought at the university not in books but in his love and study of them, not in some obscure scholarly Grail but in its pursuit. His life has not been squandered in mediocrity and obscurity; his undistinguished career has not been mulish labor but an act of devotion. He has been a priest of literature, and given himself as fully as he could to the thing he loved. The book’s conclusion, such as it is—I don’t know whether to call it a consolation or a warning—is that there is nothing better in this life. The line, “It hardly mattered to him that the book was forgotten and served no use; and the question of its worth at any time seemed almost trivial,” is like the novel’s own epitaph. Its last image is of the book falling from lifeless fingers into silence.
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This book is dedicated to my friends and former colleagues in the Department of English at the University of Missouri. They will recognize at once that it is a work of fiction--that no character portrayed in it is based upon any person, living or dead, and that no event has its counterpart in the reality we knew at the University of Missouri. They will also realize that I have taken certain liberties, both physical and historical, with the University of Missouri, so that in effect it, too, is a fictional place.
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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 scholar's 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 Williams's 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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