Inscribed by the author to previous owner on title page, inscription dated in '99. Surveying the faces in these photos of Ms. Do you question any of Daisy's descriptions of her family members after seeing the pictures? Where do Daisy and the novel's other female characters derive their greatest pleasure and fulfillment? Mercy Goodwill, an obese woman who does not realize she is pregnant, gives birth to Daisy in her kitchen and dies immediately after. It is a tight, clean copy with no markings of any kind. How can one define a life lived? Despite rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic, she has yet to achieve an audience here; one hopes this latest effort, shortlisted for the Booker Prize, will be her breakthrough. The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields The Stone Diaries 1993 Born in 1905, Daisy Goodwill drifts through the chapters of childhood, marriage, widowhood, remarriage, motherhood and old age. The idea of a woman being erased from her own life seems almost unbearably sad, but The Stone Diaries doesn't read like a sad book.
The Stone Diaries reminds us again why literature matters. How well do we really know each other? How closely do our versions of those lives correspond to objective facts? What do you hope that readers are going to discover as they open this book? There is something here that speaks of our essential helplessness and how the greater substance of our lives is bound up with waste and opacity. Even when surprising events occur in the novel, they are presented as accidents, and accidents happen to everyone. How well do any of Daisy's intimates really know her? For a while I was worried because The Stone Diaries didn't seem to have a plot. Born in 1905, Daisy Stone Goodwill drifts through the roles of child, wife, widow, and mother, and finally into her old age.
Where do Daisy and the novel's other female characters derive their greatest pleasure and fulfillment? But when reality intrudes they discover that taking up residence in the republic of love requires more than a touch of luck and a lightning bolt of love. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. How badly do Shields's women need men? Better or worse than her family and friends? About this Item: Viking Pr, New York, New York, U. In other words, the first edition can be identified by the absence of a statement of reprint. About this Item: Penguin Books, New York, 1993.
In addition to raising five children, all of whom are now grown, Shields has worked as an editorial assistant for the journal Canadian Slavonic Papers and as a professor at the University of Ottawa, the University of British Columbia, and the University of Manitoba, where she has taught for the last 15 years. Carol Shields joins me in the studio this morning to talk about her new book, her career as a novelist, poet and playwright. Upon arrival in the Orkney Islands, Daisy discovers that Magnus is still alive and she pays him a visit. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. I'd like to look at that. She studied at Hanover College, the University of Exeter in England, and the University of Ottawa, where she received an M. So are most people's lives.
About this Item: Random House Canada, Toronto, 1993. Through marriage and motherhood, Daisy struggles to find contentment, never truly understanding her life's true purpose. Can facts be said to exist at all in the context of something as changeable and arbitrary as a life? This book won the Pulitzer Prize in the year of publication. How accurate are any of these? Compare this near-virgin birth to Daisy's own catastrophically chaste honeymoon. Condition: Very Good see description. Does The Stone Diaries subvert traditional sex roles? Later he found other ways.
the fulcrum of desire, or of necessity. The saddest thing about women like Daisy Goodwill is that they didn't know what was owed them. Does The Stone Diaries subvert traditional sex roles? Later Printing of the first Edition. After twenty years of marriage, Barker dies of a brain tumor, and Daisy's father dies as well. I could feel it pump and surge, the way it brightened my veins to a kind of glass. But that's how life stories are.
Dust Jacket Condition: Good see description. In contrast, their wives seem bewildered by, indifferent to, or at best serenely tolerant of their husbands' ardor. What is extraordinary about this book, is that one can look at a life lived in so many ways. The Stone Diaries is a truly sumptous novel that reflects and illuminates the unsettled decades of our century. It was also named one of the best books of the year by Publishers Weekly and a Notable Book by The New York Times Book Review.
It also received the and was nominated for the. Months, weeks, days, hours misplaced — and the most precious time of life, too, when our bodies are at their greatest strength, and open, as they never will be again, to the onslaught of sensation. The Stone Diaries is a collection of almost mundane details: memories, dreams, gardening advice, letters, recipes, and many lists—grocery lists, a list of Daisy's illnesses, to-do lists, and the like. Andrea Pinnington Cover Design illustrator. During this time, Daisy comes to terms with her death and envisions what people will discover and say about her after her death. These incidentals aren't glossed over to get to.
So I wanted this novel to start at the beginning of the century and I wanted Daisy's life to parallel - more or less - the life of this century. Wed Feb 03 2010 By Veronica Bond From the story of a dysfunctional family in The Corrections to the story of one woman's atypical life in The Stone Diaries, I think we have inadvertantly picked the perfect second book for the year. I'm very interested to hear what everyone thought of this pseudo-autobiography and how Carol Shields writes women's lives. And in telling it, give it shape and meaning even if she must supply these herself. But beneath the scrupulous if spurious documentation and bland rural and suburban settings lie incidents as fantastic as the inventions of Gabriel Garcia Marquez: a hugely fat woman dies in childbirth without ever realizing that she was pregnant; a dour Orkneyman journeys back to the island he left decades before, severing ties, jettisoning possessions, and living on to the age of 115 with the uncanny ability to recite Jane Eyre from memory ; a young husband falls to his death ten days after his wedding, possibly as the result of an unexpected sneeze, and his wife, who did the sneezing, never mentions her marriage and its grotesque ending to another soul. Our own memory is altogether too cherishing, which is the kindest thing I can say for it.
About this Item: Random House, Tornoto, 1993. What effect did this have on how you read the story and what you thought of Daisy as an autobiographer if she really is one? It seems we need to be observed in our postures of extravagance or shame, we need attention paid to us. In her later years, Daisy sells her home and moves to a retirement community in Florida, where she lives comfortably but is preoccupied with thoughts of her father and her father-in-law. In contrast, their wives seem bewildered by, indifferent to, or at best serenely tolerant of their husbands' ardor. Strangest of all, the heroine of this novel passes through her life without ever fully occupying it an absence that this beautiful and haunting book attempts to redeem. Now it has been published here, and it deserves our fullest attention.