Stoner: A Novel, John Williams


We’ve picked John Williams’ rediscovered classic Stoner for the next discussion.  It’s been named as a Waterstones Book of the Year 2013 and as a rediscovered book has received some extra press attention.

We’ll be discussing it on Monday 20th January, 5.30pm for 6pm, Cafe Bar at Cast (the new theatre venue opposite the central library) and look forward to seeing you all there, directions and map.

Although Cast is a little further across town, it was so nice at the last meeting to have space and the ability to hear each other! If the management are alright with us adopting it as a venue, we might consider this a permanent move!

If you’d like to buy it from Waterstones Doncaster, you can let Leilah know and they’ll order it in for you. Book club members are entitled to a discount, disclaimer.

Book details

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.

Published: 05/07/2012

Publisher: Vintage Classics

ISBN: 9780099561545