Author: John Williams
Genre: Classic Fiction
Trigger Warnings: Suicide, unexpected pregnancy
The story essentially explores William Stoner’s academics, personal life, marriage, fatherhood, career followed by the relationships and the friendships formed with people all taking place against an academic drop. It gives in an insight on how his marriage affected his relationship with his daughter, how a feud with a student and a fellow professor affected his role as an English Literature professor in the college.
What I liked about the book
The story doesn’t exactly have an exciting plot where a lot happens. Instead, it follows a simple storyline of retelling events in a person’s life which is a refreshing kind to read. It is definitely a character driven story where the reader is given a glimpse of all the areas of Stoner’s life.
The book does a great job of highlighting the simplicity of one’s life, the ups and downs that a normal person faces in their life. We were also given glimpses of how women had to lead their lives back then and how it was so different from the present time. Of course Stoner led a miserable life and handled a lot of his problems poorly but he still showed integrity and courage and tried to do what thought was best
Another thing, it is extremely readable with very simple language. This makes the story very easy to follow and pushes you to continue even though the plot has nothing to intrigue or excite the reader.
What I disliked about the book
Again, since the book lacks much of a plot, it is quite slow paced and flat. Despite being a short read, it is definitely not the kind that will keep you hooked to finish within just a few hours. There’s nothing exquisite and new in this book. A simple story about the life of a simple man who experienced a lot.
Overall, the book would definitely be a great pick for anyone who wants to read something academia related or wants a change of scene from the usual fantasy or fiction. The book would also be a perfect pick for anyone who wants to try reading classics or wants a short book to reach their reading goal
Recommended for anyone who
- is looking for an academia related book
- short book
- wants to try classics
- wants a change of scene from the usual fantasy or fiction books
- is looking for a character driven story
- is looking for a melancholic read
Comment down below your thoughts on the book or if you are going to be picking it up soon.
2 replies on “Stoner | Book Review”
Love your review! This book sounds interesting to pick up, I’ll keep an eye out for it on my next library visit. 🙂
That’s great! If you ever read it, I’d absolutely love to hear your thoughts ☺️