What could have been an incredible boring book, wasn’t it at all. I don’t know what the book makes so interesting, maybe it’s the writing style or maybe it’s the way of how the story is told, but I loved it.
Stoner is the main character of whom the story is told. Stoner grows up in the farm of his parents, who send him to college to study Agriculture, but after a year he changes of subject and chooses to study Literature. He’s a good student and after his studies, he’s offered to teach at that college. He also meets Edith, whom he considers the love of his live. They marry and get a daughter, Grace. Like I said, it could have been a really boring story, because there isn’t much action, suspense or romance in the book, but it is a very good story.
I really liked Stoner’s character, because I had the feeling I could empathize with him. He is a stubborn man, who is going to defend his point of view even if it implies some disadvantages. For instance, Walker is a his student during his seminar. All students have to do a presentation of which the subject is imposed in advance. Katherine is the last student to do her presentation, but Walker keeps postponing his presentation, until the final weeks come. Katherine agrees to do her presentation first, but when it’s Walker’s turn he only comments Katherine’s presentation. Stoner gets angry and gives Walker a fail, but Lomax Walker’s supervisor doesn’t like that and asks to change the score, but Stoner doesn’t want to. He also didn’t let Walker pass his defense of his doctorate. At that time, it wasn’t that big a deal, but when Lomax becomes head of the department, he makes sure that Stoner only teaches the lower grades on really irregular hours.
I really liked how Stoner handled the situations, because I had sometimes the feeling that a lot of people were annoying him, like Edith, Walker and Lomax, but he did have a good friend, Gordon. I honestly think he had a miserable live, because his wife didn’t really love him and Lomax didn’t make it easy for him, but he did find temporarily luck with Katherine (who left him after a while) and he had his good friend, Gordon.
This book was a personal choice. I loved reading this book, so I would really recommend this book to others.