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.

John Williams—Stoner

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