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Stoner: A Novel by John L. Williams

This was originally published in 1965 but was republished in 2006 by Vintage Books. Described as an unsung classic I heard about it through an endorsement by the writer Brett Easton Ellis.

William Stoner was born into a dirt poor farming family in Missouri and went to college to study agriculture but through a chance seminar changed educational direction and became an English Literature Professor.

I know, as plot goes its a bit thin but this isnt about a rollercoaster of a tale. Its about a man for who like many of us in life, spends time making plans about his future and then all of a sudden the years have evaporated and he is in a future that is different to that which he envisioned. The story is set from the beginning of the last century through to the late 1940's. Stoner's austere upbringing and the drudgery of academia is laid out with a great economical writing style by Williams and its a great short novel. £2.48 on Kindle.
bearing

Aint that the truth.
Nyles O Cranium

Sounds interesting, cheers Dr.

Just downloaded a few freebies on Kindle for a hol coming up, just keyed in 'Free classics' in the Kindle books search and 'in English'.  So I hope to be reading, amongst others, the original Frankenstein novel and Treasure Island.
Dock

Nyles O Cranium wrote:
Sounds interesting, cheers Dr.

Just downloaded a few freebies on Kindle for a hol coming up, just keyed in 'Free classics' in the Kindle books search and 'in English'.  So I hope to be reading, amongst others, the original Frankenstein novel and Treasure Island.


Is it new, the Kindle? Or have you had one for a while Codge?
Nyles O Cranium

Dock wrote:
Nyles O Cranium wrote:
Sounds interesting, cheers Dr.

Just downloaded a few freebies on Kindle for a hol coming up, just keyed in 'Free classics' in the Kindle books search and 'in English'.  So I hope to be reading, amongst others, the original Frankenstein novel and Treasure Island.


Is it new, the Kindle? Or have you had one for a while Codge?

It's my girlfriend's, got it last year fot her.  Great for holidays etc.

Got a punk book too for nowt.
Dock

Nyles O Cranium wrote:
Dock wrote:
Nyles O Cranium wrote:
Sounds interesting, cheers Dr.

Just downloaded a few freebies on Kindle for a hol coming up, just keyed in 'Free classics' in the Kindle books search and 'in English'.  So I hope to be reading, amongst others, the original Frankenstein novel and Treasure Island.


Is it new, the Kindle? Or have you had one for a while Codge?

It's my girlfriend's, got it last year fot her.  Great for holidays etc.

Got a punk book too for nowt.


Been shoplifting again eh?

I was in Waterstones today and I see that your mates Peacey and Clavaney are doing a talk one Thursday night in August. Will you be off to it?
Grind

This punk book - is it held together by virtual safety pins?
Nyles O Cranium

Dock wrote:
Nyles O Cranium wrote:
Dock wrote:
Nyles O Cranium wrote:
Sounds interesting, cheers Dr.

Just downloaded a few freebies on Kindle for a hol coming up, just keyed in 'Free classics' in the Kindle books search and 'in English'.  So I hope to be reading, amongst others, the original Frankenstein novel and Treasure Island.


Is it new, the Kindle? Or have you had one for a while Codge?

It's my girlfriend's, got it last year fot her.  Great for holidays etc.

Got a punk book too for nowt.


Been shoplifting again eh?

I was in Waterstones today and I see that your mates Peacey and Clavaney are doing a talk one Thursday night in August. Will you be off to it?


Yes mate, I've been asked to get involved.  Am reading DP's latest epic too  
Dock

I was put off by the Tokyo one he did. Didnt like the style. What's this latest one about then? Speaking of Tokyo I'm currently reading IQ84 Books 1 &2 by Haruki Murakami. Its a good read.
Nyles O Cranium

It's called Red Or Dead, about Bill Shankly and his time as Liverpool boss.  Very very good so far.
Dock

Nyles O Cranium wrote:
It's called Red Or Dead, about Bill Shankly and his time as Liverpool boss.  Very very good so far.


Is it a fictional thing like Damned United?
Nyles O Cranium

Aye son, aye.




* done in a Shankly voice *
Dock

Nyles O Cranium wrote:
Aye son, aye.




* done in a Shankly voice *


Good impression that. Can you do Frank Spencer?
Nyles O Cranium

Ooh no Betty, ooh no.
Dock

Nyles O Cranium wrote:
Ooh no Betty, ooh no.


Fantastic! Do John Inman as the character Mr. Humphries in Are you Being Served. Bet you can't do that one.
smiling badger

Dock wrote:
Nyles O Cranium wrote:
Ooh no Betty, ooh no.


Fantastic! Do John Inman as the character Mr. Humphries in Are you Being Served. Bet you can't do that one.



He's gone all shy on you Dock.
Bet he does a cracking, Mr Humphries too!
Forest

smiling badger wrote:
Dock wrote:
Nyles O Cranium wrote:
Ooh no Betty, ooh no.


Fantastic! Do John Inman as the character Mr. Humphries in Are you Being Served. Bet you can't do that one.



He's gone all shy on you Dock.
Bet he does a cracking, Mr Humphries too!


Anybody got the number for Britains Got Talent?
leb

Just read Stoner this week, did it in 3 days.

This is a fantastic book, terribly sad but wonderfully written.

The main thing I took from it is the main characters resilience. He takes all that life throws at him, quite stoically at times. However he manages to come to terms with it all in his own mind, which after all is the first place we all need to get in order. I would strongly recommend reading this book, it makes you think.

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