Thursday, September 15, 2011

Real drama ...

... Defeats and Victories Not Recorded in the Annals of History � Commentary Magazine. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Stoner takes an outwardly nondescript life, the sort of life that many of us want to escape into fiction, and demonstrates that the real drama of human experience is in the daily refusal to escape, the uninterrupted renunciation of extreme situations, the muted decision to stay and do some good. It’s hard to make such a book sound very exciting. That Stoner is exciting — unexpectedly so, and incredibly moving — is the true measure of Williams’s achievement.

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