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Stoner

£9.99

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"In 1965 a brief, favourable review of Stoner, a novel by an English professor called John Williams, ran in the New Yorker. The book was described as "a masterly portrait … of the life of an ordinary, almost an invisible, man". Before long, Williams himself was invisible; Stoner received no further coverage and was out of print within a year, and despite wider critical approval his later novel Augustus failed to find much of an audience. But rather than disappearing altogether, Stoner is now being heralded by some as a lost classic, and since its initial republication a few years ago has been enjoying an unlikely second act, even becoming a breakout hit in the Netherlands...The hushed dysfunction of Stoner's marriage, the furtive joys of an affair, the struggles of his fragile, wayward child – rarely has the intimate detail of a life been drawn with such emotional clarity. Most affecting is the portrayal of the disintegration of Stoner's mind in his final days, but even passing details are freighted with melancholy: the trees that "trembled like soft clouds, translucent and tenuous", "the sweet scent of dying lilac blossoms", the leaves that "rustled and turned, ghost-like in the darkness". Williams renders an invisible life lustrous in all its quotidian triumphs and tragedies; his novel deserves similar illumination." (Guardian). Book shows a small amount of wear to cover and binding. Some marks on inside back cover. Corners slightly bumped, otherwise good copy

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Author(s):
John Williams
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
2013
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
288
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Title:
Stoner

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"In 1965 a brief, favourable review of Stoner, a novel by an English professor called John Williams, ran in the New Yorker. The book was described as "a masterly portrait … of the life of an ordinary, almost an invisible, man". Before long, Williams himself was invisible; Stoner received no further coverage and was out of print within a year, and despite wider critical approval his later novel Augustus failed to find much of an audience. But rather than disappearing altogether, Stoner is now being heralded by some as a lost classic, and since its initial republication a few years ago has been enjoying an unlikely second act, even becoming a breakout hit in the Netherlands...The hushed dysfunction of Stoner's marriage, the furtive joys of an affair, the struggles of his fragile, wayward child – rarely has the intimate detail of a life been drawn with such emotional clarity. Most affecting is the portrayal of the disintegration of Stoner's mind in his final days, but even passing details are freighted with melancholy: the trees that "trembled like soft clouds, translucent and tenuous", "the sweet scent of dying lilac blossoms", the leaves that "rustled and turned, ghost-like in the darkness". Williams renders an invisible life lustrous in all its quotidian triumphs and tragedies; his novel deserves similar illumination." (Guardian). Book shows a small amount of wear to cover and binding. Some marks on inside back cover. Corners slightly bumped, otherwise good copy

Author(s):
John Williams
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
2013
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
288
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Title:
Stoner

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