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The Stone Diaries

REVIEW ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ö Carol Shields

Many ways and perhaps that is part of the point Shields is making that all lives are the same
BECAUSE NO MATTER HOW DIFFERENT THEY 
no matter how different they from their fellows all lives are lonely isolated journeys Only one person feels or knows who you are and that person is youMany of Shields characters are consumed with looking backward dwelling in their pasts and trying to nravel the lives they have led but hardly nderstand They struggle with what it is to relate to others what it is to love or to be loved Is this what love is he wonders this substance that lies so pressingly between them so neutral in color yet so that lies so pressingly between them so neutral in color yet so it need never be mentioned Or is love something less something slippery and odorless a transparent gas riding through the world on the back of a breeze or else and this is what he and believes just a word trying to remember another wordThere is a theme of loneliness and isolation that runs through the book a kind of rancor nderlies her existence still the recognition that she belongs to no one Even her dreams release potent fumes of absenceThe odd thing about the pictures that fly into Daisy Goodwill s head is that she is always alone There are voices that reach her from a distance there are shadows and suggestions but still she is aloneShe is alone but not Contemporary Plays by African American Women uniue among the people she encountersfor they all seem to me to be alone and struggling as well And much of the loneliness on view here is self inflicted as if the fear of connection is stronger than the need to touch the others to be joined Carol Shields makes one choice in writing this novel that puzzles me that is her decision to have the opening chapter in the first person the following chapter in both first and third person but obviously the same voice and then to tell the rest of the story in the third personntil one fleeting comment that is made first person in the final chapter I know it is a very intentional choice a device that is meant to achieve something major in the structure of this novel but I have failed to comprehend its purpose and that is going to bother me for a while It might just be an attempt to make s realize that even within ourselves there is an other that is separate observing and virtually nknown to s Perhaps the first person is the soul It is the best explanation I have been able to come p with If anyone else who has read this has a thought I would be very interested in hearing itThe metaphor of the stone having things carved in stone the building of monuments the hardening of the heart and the soul and the impenetrable walls that divides s from one another runs from the beginning of this and the soul and the impenetrable walls that divides s from one another runs from the beginning of this to its end It winds its way like a river through every major character and recurs in names thoughts and physical manifestations One thing is for sure no need to put RIP on Daisy s tombstone The type of book others rigorously want to imitate That is the elusive turn of the century All American novel with myriad glimpses at gorgeous post millennial metafiction The Stone Diaries no doubt inspired other works of immeasurable brilliance like T C Boyle s World s End and Coetzee s Elizabeth Costello it is heartbreaking endearing and best of all ite accessible Although the Puig like tricks that is Latin American lit concessions are ite distinguishable The symbols of marble and hard rock as counter contrasts to flimsy flowers and biology are made eternal in this must read novel It s a true reminder of the pesky but overpowering relationship between life and death or the ethereal and the tangible This one deeply astonishes My next read going backwards through the Pulitzer winners is The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields This book also won Canada s top book award the name year and was a National Book Award finalist as well All these awards and praise were well merited as this is a well written and compelling story about a woman s life from birth to death Daisy Goodwill is born at the turn of the century to a mother who passes away while giving birth and a father who. Er story within a novel that is itself about the limitations of autobiographyHer life is vivid with incident and yet she feels a sense of powerlessness She listens she observes and through sheer force of imagination she becomes a witness of her own life her birth her death and the troubling misconnections she discovers between Daisy’s struggle to find a plac. Finishing this book I thought What a gloomy novel what a futile life Shields wrote a sort of biography of Daisy Goodwill from her remarkable birth p to her last fading moment of life in 10 chapters each with an interval of about 10 years But it s not a linear story sometimes we hear Daisy speak sometimes an nknown narrator at other times immediate family And Friends Whether Through Letters friends whether through letters otherwise This very variegated approach creates a dynamic and exposes the contradictions and differences between how we see ourselves how others see The Ascent of Man us how through life experiences we change the way we look at ourselves and others Daisy is the link between all the characters but Shields freuently zooms in on others and by doing so she exposes the profound changes they made in their lives and how they interacted with one anotherTwo insights prevail 1 How in our lifetime we are sometimes forced to radically re invent ourselves to give our lives a different direction and most people can manage this 2 every life is basically a life of its own and in that sense really lonely in each chapter the word loneliness appears as a pivotal characteristic of life all characters including fathers wives daughters sons live their lives just next to each other almost exclusively from their own egocentric point of viewShields was a remarkable writer 1935 2003 indeed and this book you canalify as rich in life wisdom In that sense it reminded me much of Penelope Lively who wrote the introduction to this book also with the same special sensitivity to gender issues Personally I think her final chapters are a bit too gloomy and her sketch of Daisy as an elder rather shocking But perhaps I m closing my eyes to reality here rating 35 stars This book won a Pulitizer Prize in 1995 and it was an honor well deserved I d never even heard of it I just picked The Grand Sophy upp at the Goodwill because the description on the back cover intrigued me but once I picked it Winners Dream up I couldn t put it downThe story is a fictionalized autobiography of one Daisy Goodwill Flett Born around the turn of the 20th century and livingntil the 1980s Shield s Flett reflects simultaneously on her own tragic life and the 20th century and living ntil the 1980s Shield s Flett reflects simultaneously on her own tragic life and life of a North American century The mix and overlap between these two subjects is fascinating and Shields writing is first rate making this a pleasure to readThough it is written as if it s an autiobiography The Stone Diaries does not limit itself to subject matter that its protagonist could have known Starting on the day of Daisy s birth with her mother Mercy and moving both backward and forward through time the book gives perspectives and experiences of many of the supporting characters as well including Daisy s father the woman who raises her her husband and her children Though the speaker is sometimes not clearly identified the moves between perspectives are far less confusing than would be expected don t worry it doesn t read like As I Lay Dying or anything like that The story is actually told in a way I don t think I ve ever seen before with a mix of omniscent and present narration and constantly moving time and perspective Shields deserves her award just for being able to pull that off successfully nevermind the storyBut the story is compelling Daisy s life is hard and full of tragedy the childbearing death of her mother twice widowhood etc but the tragedy takes backseat the both Daisy s and the other characters knack for reinvention of themselves when circumstances change Both as a human story and as a parable for the countries in which the novel takes place the US and Canada these reinventions work very wellI was impressed enough by this book that I passed it on to my mother and I will be on the lookout for of Carol Shields work I d definitely "recommend it The Stone Diaries is the story of one woman s life "it The Stone Diaries is the story of one woman s life Goodwill Flett comes into this world in a strange and tragic circumstance The book follows her through her life to the moment of her death You might say she has an ordinary life in. Also see Alternate Cover Editions for this ISBN ACE ACE #1 The Stone Diaries is one ordinary woman’s story of her journey through life Born in 1905 Daisy Stone Goodwill drifts through the roles of child wife widow and mother and finally into her old age Bewildered by her inability to nderstand her place in her own life Daisy attempts to find a way to tell ,
Is an accomplished stonemason in rural
CANADA THE THEMES OF LIFEDEATH AND 
The themes of lifedeath and metaphor of stone percolate through the entire book starting with the title The Stone Diaries We hear Daisy writing her journal with decade breaks between the chapters mostly in the 3rd person This is a slow intricate telling of the life and death of Daisy Goodwill Flett The glorious writing is so sensual thick with substance so original wise wise and wise that I often had to stop to contemplate or just digest Effortlessly Carol Shields shifts from third person to first jumps subjects stories returns to the present and sometimes even comments on the first person protagonist Daisy and her ability to manipulate the truth And finally she sticks it to any reader who is honest enough to admit her own arrogance in believing she can Harveys Revised English Grammar understand the motivations and hidden feelings of any dead beloved relative Carol Shields is a writer s writer and per the Pulitzer this book won obviously a reader s writer Without explanation I want to bellow This work makes me feel saneHow sad I am that Shields is dead and can t be my friend How glad I am she left a long legacy of books that I can now imbibe I didn t like this book but it was mostly because I didn t like the main character and her lack of personal substance She never ever even once feels any joy passion or grief There is one period in her life where she appears to experience depression but again there is a lack of strong emotion which really is typical of depression A person who has three children marries twice and is widowed twicesually experiences some sort of deep emotion This flaw in her personality had me lacking empathy with her It seems the author s basic premise is that the main character Daisy lacks strong emotion because she was not raised by her biologica The Stone Diaries tells the story of Daisy Goodwill Flett s troubled life beginning and ending with sadness and death There is so much to absorb about the character s in this short novel that I feel the need to read it again and pro A breathtaking and thoroughly original novel I m completely in awe of the choices Shields made in the shaping Of This Narrative The this narrative The is flawlessly cohesive The parts are poetry Como agua para chocolate unto themselvesEssentially it s a book about loneliness every kind of loneliness starved suffocating denied cherished physical existential or simply the result of petty misunderstanding And it s not always clear cut She allows for ambiguity She allows for the reader s subjective response whatever that might be And then she gently guides you to a different vantage point one you hadn t consideredThe body through birth sex illness and death is discussedgraphicallybut with such grace such reverence such heartbreaking candor it s actually beautifulThis novel struck me to the coreI love it so much I don t even want to know what others have said about it I love this book It has been 14 years since I have read it and I still remember clearly what it means to me Life is longand in this long life you lead a series of mini lives In each life you become a different version of you We are blessed with the chance and sometimes forced against our will to reinvent ourselves again and againntil one day we are very old and find that we are living in Florida wearing polyester pantsuits Did you ever imagine that would be you That person you marry at a ripe young age may become someone from your past that now seems as insignificant as an old high school boyfriend That job we have today that s so important may be a mere blip on the radar when we are 85 Will you even remember the name of the company It s something I like to think about And it works both ways Sometimes I hope that the life I m in never ends and my fear is that one day its time will be p In other periods of my life I remember that nothing is forever and this some day may not be remembered by me at all Very few books have given me such a lasting message I plan carry it with me throughout my long lifetime. E for herself in her own life is a paradigm of the nsettled decades of our eraA witty and compassionate anatomist of the human heart Carol Shields has made distinctively her own that place where the domestic collides with the elemental With irony and humor she weaves the strands of The Stone Diaries together in this her richest and most poignant novel to date. ,


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    Read Online The Stone Diaries – imagesclip.com My next read going backwards through the Pulitzer winners is The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields This book also won Canada's top book award the name year and was a National Book Award finalist as well All these awards and p

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    Read Online The Stone Diaries – imagesclip.com A breathtaking and thoroughly original novel I'm completely in awe of the choices Shields made in the shaping of this narrative The whole is flawlessly cohesive The parts are poetry unto themselvesEssentially it's a book about loneliness every kind of loneliness starved suffocating denied cherished physical existential or simply the result of petty misunderstanding And it's not always clear cut She allows for ambiguity She allows

  4. says: Read Online The Stone Diaries – imagesclip.com

    REVIEW ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ö Carol Shields Carol Shields Ö 9 REVIEW SUMMARY The Stone Diaries The type of book others rigorously want to imitate That is the elusive turn of the century All American novel with myriad glimpses at gorgeous post millennial metafiction The Stone Diaries no doubt inspired other works of immeasurable brilliance like T C Boyle's World's End and Coetzee's Elizabeth Costello it is heartbreaking endearing and b

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    Carol Shields Ö 9 REVIEW REVIEW ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ö Carol Shields Read Online The Stone Diaries – imagesclip.com The Stone Diaries tells the story of Daisy Goodwill Flett's troubled life beginning and ending with sadness and death There is so much to absorb about the character's in this short novel that I feel the need to read it again and probably will

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    Read Online The Stone Diaries – imagesclip.com I didn't like this book but it was mostly because I didn't like the main character and her lack of personal substance She never ever even once feels any joy passion or grief There is one period in her life where she appears to experience depression but again there is a lack of strong emotion which really is typical of depression A

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    Read Online The Stone Diaries – imagesclip.com Carol Shields Ö 9 REVIEW This book won a Pulitizer Prize in 1995 and it was an honor well deserved I'd never even heard of it I just picked up up a

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    Read Online The Stone Diaries – imagesclip.com REVIEW ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ö Carol Shields SUMMARY The Stone Diaries This is a slow intricate telling of the life and death of Daisy Goodwill Flett The glorious writing is so sensual thick with substance so original wise wise and wise that I often had to stop to contemplate or just digest Effortlessly Carol Shields shifts from third person to first jumps subjects' stories retur

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    SUMMARY The Stone Diaries REVIEW ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ö Carol Shields Carol Shields Ö 9 REVIEW Finishing this book I thought What a gloomy novel what a futile life Shields wrote a sort of biography of Daisy Goodwill from her remarkable birth up to her last fading moment of life in 10 chapters each with an interval of about 1

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