The almost haunting narration of a man's life, in the style of the American literary naturalists of that era, yet not without compassion. That tone--at once distanced, yet not without compassion--I found compelling.
There really is only one character in this novel--Stoner.
It's understandable, to me, why this novel has been historically overlooked. While it is a remarkable piece of fiction, it is going to be vastly more interesting to me, a man who also spent his life teaching literature. English majors--some of them at least--would love this old 1930's novel.
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