Why this book?
I remember when I first started reading Stoner—it felt quiet, slow... like sitting by the sea and watching the waves. I didn't really know what to expect, but what intrigued me about it was how quiet it was. It felt very human, more so than any other book I'd ever read. The way the scenes played out, as if I was standing in the middle of the room with the characters, sensing their despair, their loneliness, their desire for happiness. And I remember where I was when I finally finished the book: I was sat on my kitchen counter, and as soon as I read the last page, I placed the book down next to me and started sobbing. I felt as if I had lost a friend, that I had grown new layers to my own life by following this complicated man. It was a beautiful, sad, and quiet story; it will never leave my brain.
Why should I read it?
What is this book about?
WATERSTONES BOOK OF THE YEAR 2013
'It's the most marvellous discovery for everyone who loves literature' Ian McEwan, BBC Radio 4
Colum McCann once called Stoner one of the great forgotten novels of the past century, but it seems it is forgotten no longer - in 2013 translations of Stoner began appearing on bestseller lists across Europe. Forty-eight years after its first, quiet publication in the US, Stoner is finally finding the wide and devoted readership it deserves. Have you read it yet?
William Stoner enters the University of Missouri at nineteen to study agriculture. A seminar on English literature…