by 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 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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I was pleasantly shocked by how much I enjoyed this book. Why is the author and this book not a household name?

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Gut aber düster.

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Man trauert in einem fort mit dem Antihelden des Romans, der sehenden Auges in sein Verderben läuft und sich später nicht daraus befreien kann. Erschreckend an der Geschichte ist, wie realistisch sie ist und was für ein normaler Typ Stoner ist. Sehr unaufgeregtes Buch, das das Leben -- und insbesondere das Innenleben -- eines gescheiterten Menschen klar und schlicht darlegt.

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