This is a small tale about a man with a small life. He doesn’t do anything fantastic, is a dedicated instructor in an esteemed university, and then dies.
That’s the story.
It struck me because I was watching a review by Pewdipie (Of all people) and I love slice of life stories, so I had to read it.
William Stoner was born on a farm in the late 1800s. He helps his father on their farm until someone mentions an agricultural study in a nearby college. So William is sent off on a quest to gain some knowledge so he can come back and improve the family farm. But when he attends a class on medieval literature, his life is changed. He changes his entire course schedule and tells his parents that he will not be returning.
William Stoner eventually graduates, and decides he just can’t leave. So he becomes Mr. Stoner, a well known professor who spends the next 40 years teaching kids, through two world wars, his failing marriage, and a secret affair with a student.
I loved this book in an odd way. It’s not often that you experience a person’s entire life. Though uneventful, his life is sadly charming, and you find yourself wanting to be his friend.