Good books are absorbing, and the best books allow the reader to completely inhabit that book's world. "Stoner" has a mood that completely engulfed me. A beautiful, compelling, sometimes horrific, haunting, powerful, quietly profound novel that has something to teach us all. Simple, elegant prose takes us to the heart William Stoner's life. His is a very ordinary life. A dirt-poor farm boy from Missouri, born at the end of the nineteenth century, goes to college to study agriculture, and, instead of returning home stays to teach. How can such a simple premise result in such perfect literature? Read it and find out. The story is in turns depressing, uplifting, appalling, tragic, insightful, wise and funny. A remarkable book.