As a bookseller, we were thrilled to play a part in the recognition of Stoner as a truly great book, becoming our second Waterstones Book of the Year in 2013. Despite its heavily academic setting, the life and experience described is properly universal and contains its own kind of unsolvable, but essential, sadness.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 223 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 19 mm
"I was stunned by it... It's beautifully written in simple but brilliant prose, a novel of an ordinary life, an examination of a quiet tragedy, the work of a great but little-known writer" -- Ruth Rendell * Guardian *
"A masterpiece of sad lucidity, as moving as it is psychologically compelling" -- Peter Kemp * Sunday Times *
"It is a remarkably affecting story, told in quiet, unshowy prose" -- Stefan Collini * Times Literary Supplement *
"In recent times I have owed more to word of mouth than to the statements of reviewers, when it comes to finding my way to rewarding work published or reissued... This is also true, or truer still, of Stoner" -- Karl Miller * Times Literary Supplement *
"My favourite book of the year...a masterpiece-beautifully written with a rare tenderness and wisdom that will make you want to read it again" -- Jonathan Pugh * Daily Mail *
"With prose of breathtaking clarity, and a narrative that flows along seamlessly, Williams subverts the American dream via an underachieving and rather unlucky university lecturer... Anyone who loves literature will surely love this" -- Judy Moir * Herald *
"The other book that cheered me up this year was Stoner by John Williams...re-emerging this year - rather triumphantly (and permanently this time, I think)" -- Robin Robertson * Glasgow Sunday Herald *
"A compassionate depiction of Everyman that celebrates the transformative power of literature" -- Melonie Clarke * The Lady *
"A beautiful, sad, utterly convincing account of an entire life... I'm amazed a novel this good escaped general attention for so long" -- Ian McEwan
"A terrific novel of echoing sadness" -- Julian Barnes
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