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Stoner by John Edward Williams
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Feb 18, 11

bookshelves: pwk-best-books, fiction
Read from January 28 to February 16, 2011

Why I bought it to read:
Steve Almond - http://therumpus.net/2009/01/lost-and...

Why I didn't want it to end? Because it was amazing.
For a book that could (and should) be taught in classic literature classes, I learned a great deal about story, character, minimalism, and life in general.

This book inspired me, saddened me, motivated me, entertained me, gripped me, threw me, angered me, taught me, gave me hope, and broke my heart. William Stoner is an amazing character and his life story, captured and retold here from his perspective, is one for all time.

John Williams writes like the best writers wish they could and I am better for having read this book. It's the story of a life that resonates with anyone that understands the battles we fight each day. He feels real to me, and probably to you too. The book puts everything out there and the joy is in the reading each tight wonderful sentence.
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