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 changes his life, and he never returns to work on his father's farm. Stoner becomes a teacher. He marries the wrong woman. His life is quiet, and after his death his colleagues remember him rarely.
Yet with truthfulness, compassion and intense power, this novel uncovers a story of universal value. Stoner tells of the conflicts, defeats and victories of the human race that pass unrecorded by history, and reclaims the significance of an individual life. A reading experience like no other, itself a paean to the power of literature, it is a novel to be savoured.;
'A marvellous discovery for anyone who loves literature' Ian McEwan, Today programme, BBC Radio 4
'A terrific novel of echoing sadness' Julian Barnes
'A book for everyone, democratic in how it breaks the heart. It is a triumph of literary endeavour. It deserves the status of a classic. I wish right now I could slip it through these words and into the hands of all who read' Colum McCann, Independent
'A brilliant, beautiful, inexorably sad, wise, and elegant novel' Nick Hornby, The Believer
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