Sometimes, immersed in his books, there would come to him the awareness of all that he did not know, of all that he had not read; and the serenity for which he labored was shattered as he realized the little time he had in life to read so much, to learn what he had to know.
HChallenge: Classics Club 50! Type/Source: eBook/Kindle
MOTIVATION for READING: I had heard very good things about this book; I had expectations that it would be just the kind of book I love. And it was!
WHAT’s it ABOUT: Stoner is a Professor of Literature at the University of Missouri. This book explores his entire life, start to finish.
WHAT’s GOOD: The writing.
What’s NOT so good: I love contemplative character studies. If you don’t, just skip it. It’s OK. I LOVED this.
FINAL THOUGHTS: I’m so glad to finally conquer this one! Yay me.
RATING: Five slices of pie. No pie mentioned. Although, ‘magpie’ is.
“Outside, in the old elm that crowded the back-yard fence, a large black-and-white bird—a magpie—had started to chatter. He listened to the sound of its calling and watched with remote fascination the open beak as it strained out its lonely cry.”