I think every bookworm can admit to buying a book because they like the cover. That’s what I did with this. The cover has such a nice texture. So thanks, John Williams. I like the way your book feels. 😜
This has been described as the most perfect novel. I don’t know that I agree with that, but it was very engaging, and I honestly could not tell you why.
The book follows the life of William Stoner, beginning with his roots as a farm boy and following him into his adulthood as a professor with a family.
Stoner is not particularly memorable. He’s average looking, an enthusiastic student and a competent teacher. He finds himself a wife, and later a lover. He has a battle of wills with a colleague and an unruly student. All in all, his life appears mediocre.
I keep asking myself what it was about this book that I enjoyed. And I still don’t know. Maybe it was the word choice, or that Stoner is relatable in a lot of ways. All I know is that I read this in a day and a half. And I liked it.