Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Great Regulars: This is the story of the greatest novel

you have never read. I can be confident you have never read it because so few people have. In recent weeks, I have come across academics specialising in American literature who have never even heard of it. Yet it is, without question, one of the great novels in English of the 20th century. It's certainly the most surprising.

Stoner, by John Williams, was first ­published in 1965.

from Bryan Appleyard: from The Sunday Times: Stoner: The Greatest Novel You Have Never Read


You see, I am a baby-boomer, a member of an excoriated tribe that, if you believe the abusers, took the best of everything and must suffer the rage of the generations we are leaving behind.

from Bryan Appleyard: from The Sunday Times: A Boomer Bites Back


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