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The Stone Diaries

Shields, Carol (Book - 2008)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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In celebration of the fifteenth anniversary of its original publication, Carol Shields's Pulitzer Prize winning novel is now available in a Penguin Classics deluxe edition. One of the most successful and acclaimed novels of our time, this fictionalized autobiography of Daisy Goodwill Flett is a subtle but affecting portrait of an everywoman reflecting on an unconventional life. What transforms this seemingly ordinary tale is the richness of Daisy's vividly described inner life -- from her earliest memories of her adoptive mother to her awareness of impending death.
Authors: Shields, Carol
Title: The stone diaries
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2008
Edition: 15th anniversary ed
Characteristics: xxiii, 269 p. :,geneal. table ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Carol Shields ; introduction by Penelope Lively
Summary: In celebration of the fifteenth anniversary of its original publication, Carol Shields's Pulitzer Prize winning novel is now available in a Penguin Classics deluxe edition. One of the most successful and acclaimed novels of our time, this fictionalized autobiography of Daisy Goodwill Flett is a subtle but affecting portrait of an everywoman reflecting on an unconventional life. What transforms this seemingly ordinary tale is the richness of Daisy's vividly described inner life -- from her earliest memories of her adoptive mother to her awareness of impending death.
ISBN: 0785799540
9780785799542
0143105507
9780143105503
014023313X
Branch Call Number: FICTION SHIELDS 2008
Subject Headings: Women Fiction
Genre/Form: Domestic fiction
Topical Term: Women
LCCN: 2008028398
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One of the most successful and acclaimed novels of our time, this fictionalized autobiography of Daisy Goodwill Flett is a subtle but affecting portrait of an everywoman reflecting on an unconventional life.

The story chronicles and celebrates the life Daisy Goodwill Plett, born in 1905 and living into the 1990s. We see into Daisy's mind,experiencing her life from a dramatic birth to a chilling death. (1983)

The author recounts the story of Daisy Flett, born on the prairies in 1905, and the story of a seemingly unremarkable life that becomes remarkable through the intense reflection of the main character.


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Nov 05, 2013
  • vwruleschick rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Telling of this tale is circlar, talking in circles. It takes a while to get into the story about Daisy and her history that comes from her parents joining, but also the people who raise her. Now she will have issues of abandonment, love, loss, and finding her way. But as she comes into adulthood she experiences some rough situations, whereby she is trying to find herself. But will a visit back to one of her guardians help her situation? Follow the circle and see where she ends up...OK read.

May 30, 2011
  • hermlou rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Shields writes the biography of Daisy, an educated woman born in 1905. When Daisy is engaged to be married, her future mother-in-law delivers an amusing set of instructions which include "When you set the table, be sure the knife blade is turned in. Tomato juice ought never be served at breakfast." Shields is a keen observer of people and situations, often leading to humor or recognition that we have experienced that, too. Near the end of the book she asks, "What is the story of a life? A chronicle of fact or a skillfully wrought impression?" It is up to each reader to answer this.

Feb 09, 2011
  • gcloutier rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I disagree. and many would. I would recommend this book, most definitely.

Apr 02, 2004
  • KarenW rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I have tried to read this book several times. And each time I have found that it is really about a lot of nothing and a little something. In fact the main character, someone who has at the least a very interesting story and at the most would otherwise be a very tragic figure, is relatively untouched by her life and doesn''t seem to touch any other lives either. In fact, she seems to float through the milestones of her existance without a care in the world. And when really big things happen to her that shock the reader, the author (whose point of view is ever changing from first person to third person omniscient rather erratically) leaves the reader with too many questions in the end. Although Shields words are lyrical at times, this is a book I would not recommend for everyone.

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Mar 29, 2011
  • juhlijobi rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I have trouble relating to this author, I read Unless and was less than impressed, my friends told me to try another book by her and I did, this one was a bit better but I won't be reading any more. I feel like ideas/characters and situations are developed to about 75% and then abruptly stopped.

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