The Stone Diaries
Life is long....and in this long life you lead a series of mini-lives. In each "life" you become a different version of you. We are blessed with the chance and sometimes forced against our will to reinvent ourselves again and again until one day we are very old and find that we are living in Florida wearing polyester pantsuits. Did you ever imagine that would be you?
That person you marr ...more
Essentially, it's a book about loneliness, every kind of loneliness: starved, suffocating, denied, cherished, physical, existential, or simply the result of petty misunderstanding. --And it's not always clear cut. She allows for ambiguity. She allows for the reader's subjective response, whatever t ...more
Mercy, Mercy.......Cuyler Goodwill loved you so.......Why did you not share your secret?
I did like this somber 1995 Pulitzer Prize winner that does actually have a few laughs, and one shocker, but was somewhat annoyed...more
The story is a fictionalized autobiography of one Daisy Goodwill Flett. Born around the turn of the 20th century and living until the 1980s, Shield's Flett reflects simultaneously on her own tragic life and the life of a North American century. The mix and ...more
#2016-aty-reading-challenge--week-15: a book set in the past (100 years ago)
I seem to have an affinity for novels about women's lives set in the past century. Perhaps it is because they give me glimpses about what my grandmother's and mother's lives might have been like. Some of my favorites include So Big and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.
The Stone Diaries now takes its place among these favorites. It is written as part autobiography/part biography by an omnisc ...more
This book is phenomenal. It's probably the best book I've read in the last year. And it's funny to think about because there is no person, or plot twist, or moment that makes it memorable. Each and every pag ...more
I'm guessing the changes from first person to third person were delibrate and artsy-fartsy, but I found it annoying. I barely got through the first chapter because I was sick and tired of the constant explanations of how the character of Mercy was a large woman. (I get it! She's fat ...more
The life far less molded by electronic, media cultural standards. A life begun in great sorrow and also having patches of unsought fulfillment scattered along the ...more
We meet Daisy the moment she is born in 1905 and follow her life until it ends sometime in the 1990's. The book reads almost like an in-depth memoir, except that other perspectives (or versions of Daisy's story) keep breaking into the narrative. Shields also chooses the third person, even when we are reading Daisy's thoughts, which ...more
At the same time, this and similar narrative techniques does not allow the reader to get to know the main character (and those around her) very well. A lot of act ...more
What I liked the most was Shields' writing style. It was very beautiful (I especially enjoyed the first section about Daisy's birth). Written in 'sections' of Daisy's life from birth through death, some go back in time and tell the history of ...more
میتوان همسر، مادر بزرگ و عزیز بسیاری از افراد بود و همچنان جسم سنگین تنهایی مثل سایه ای پشت هر ثانیه از زندگی خودش را پنهان کند.
داستانی گره خورده بر بستر سنگ ها ، چه قصه ی زیبا و عجیبی
دفترچه خاطرات سنگی به قلم کارول شیلدز، نویسنده محبوب من در زمینه ادبیات زنان روایتی از زندگی زنی است که( به نظر من ) زندگیش از تاروپود وقاعی بیشتر غریب تا دردناک بافته شده است
زنی که احساس میکنم دستش هرگز به خودش نرسید و دیسی گودویل در منتها الیه وجود خانم فلت غرق و ...more
A thought comes into her head: that ...more
Here is the life of Daisy presented mostly through narration, but buttressed by letters, tombstones, photographs (which occasionally contradict the narrative), words etched into a Victorian plate, a luncheon menu, Aunt Daisy's Lemon Pudding recipe, to-do lists, a list of books read and a sheet with every address Daisy lived.
People are introduced and explained, summed up, classified. I envy anyone able to boil down other people to an understandable core. Still ...more
the author treats her characters in this book a ...more
I knew nothing about this book, I'd never heard of it or its author, and I found the cover unappealing.
And, yet, it's one of the best, most meaningful stories I've ever read.
It won the Pulitzer Prize for 1995, which is the only reason I picked it up. Then, I couldn't put it down.
This is one of those life-altering novels, a big picture story, upsetting and wonderful at the same time.
I can't quite recommend it enou ...more
Carol Shield's epic nove ...more
I read this at Uni. Not spectacular by any means; but an interesting journey through the drudgery of work/everyday life.
The main theme here is identity, I think; and the narration often switches between 1st and 3rd person, making it come across as part autobiography/part biography.
There's a strong sense of realism (this might be categorised as "fiction", but the story very much real in it ...more
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