[BOOKS] The Stone Diaries AUTHOR Carol Shields – nikeshoxoutlet.us
Rspectives 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 Bunnys Book Club Goes to School less confusing than would be expected don t worry it doesn t readike As I Lay Dying or anything The Peculiar Pig 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 sife 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 Cherry Ingram lookout for of Carol Shields work I d definitely recommend it Iove this book It has been 14 years since I have read it and I still remember clearly what it means to me Life is The Mermaids Shoes longand in thisong Untameable Rogue (Bennett life youead a series of mini The McKettrick Way (McKettricks, lives In eachife you become a different version of you We are blessed with the chance and sometimes forced against our will to reinvent ourselves again and again until one day we are very old and find that we are Midsummer Masque 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 Iike to think about And it works both ways Sometimes I hope that the Maybe This Time (Belonging life I m in never ends and my fear is that one day its time will be up In other periods of myife 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 Effetto domino lasting message I plan carry it with me throughout myong The Midwifes Miracle Baby lifetime 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 brillianceike T C Boyle s World s End and Coetzee s Elizabeth Costello it is heartbreaking endearing and best of all uite accessible Although the Puig Mendozas Miracle like tricks that is Latin Americanit concessions are uite 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 The Millionaires Mistress Bundle life and death or the ethereal and the tangible This one deeply astonishes I didn tike this book but it was mostly because I didn t Miami Menage like the main character and herack of personal substance She never ever even once feels any joy passion or grief There is one period in her Miss Westons Masquerade life where she appears to experience depression but again there is aack of strong emotion which really is typical of depression A person who has three children marries twice and is widowed twice usually experiences some sort of deep emotion This flaw in her personality had me The Millionaires Proposal lacking empathy with her It seems the author s basic premise is that the main character Daisyacks strong emotion because she was not raised by her biological mother who was herself an orphan and that these things have some how caused both her and her mother to be inherently flawed Either that or Daisy has physically inherited this dysfunction from her mother but I Michael (New Orleans Knights lean toward the former because of some passages in the story Theyack passion and passionate expression Daisy never hears she is Memoirs of a Millionaires Mistress loved nor do you findove expressed by her her mother Mercy never said she Meet Phoenix loved nor otherwise expressedove although she was The Mistletoe Melody (A Brookhollow Story, loved greatly and with deep passion by Daisy s father What I didike most was the author s use of symbolism Stones and flowers are heavily used perhaps overly so at times There is the building of monuments by Daisy s father of course made of stone his Sid and Sam life as a uarryman Daisy s gardens her second husband sove and knowlege of plants names of characters and much If that sort of thing excites you you might Screwball love this book for that aloneI would alsoike to say I m surprised so many reviewers found this book funny I thought it was terribly depressing There are a few amusing passages but I couldn t see calling the book as a whole funny And astly it is strange to me that this is considered a fictional autobiography Most of the time it is third person narrative granted there are points when Daisy is apparently refering to herself in the third person as Mrs Flett or some such which I found a bit disturbing I suppose it helps contribute to that feeling of her ack of sense of self the void within her The Outlaw Jesse James life that she herself doesn t really fill is not capable of filling There are other times it does not feelike her voice just narrative and there is just a small portion of the book that is in first person It does not feel at all Up All Night like a diary which again may be for the effect of distancing the main character from herself Someone with this personality disorder might write a memoir in this manner and call it a diary I suppose And it does cover Daisy sife from beginning to endThe novel s well written and I think the author achieved what she set out to do Overall just not my cup of tea Finishing this book I thought What a gloomy novel what a futile The Spiral Dance life Shields wrote a sort of biography of Daisy Goodwill from her remarkable birth up to herast fading moment of ife in 10 chapters each with an interval of about 10 years But "It S Not A Linear "s not a inear sometimes we hear Daisy speak sometimes an unknown narrator at other times immediate family and friends whether through Dancing at Midnight (The Splendid Trilogy, letters or otherwise This very variegated approach creates a dynamic and exposes the contradictions and differences between how we see ourselves how others see us how throughife experiences we change the way we It Hurts When I Poop! a Story for Children Who Are Scared to Use the Potty look at ourselves and others Daisy is theink between all the characters but Shields freuently zooms in on others and by doing so she exposes the profound changes they made in their Here With Me (Together lives and how they interacted with one anotherTwo insights prevail 1 How in ourifetime we are sometimes forced to radically re invent ourselves to give our Double Deception (Code Name: Danger lives a different direction and most people can manage this 2 everyife is basically a Wicked Lies (Men of Summer, life of its own and in that sense reallyonely in each chapter the word Grave Tattoo loneliness appears as a pivotal characteristic ofife all characters including fathers wives daughters sons Georgia and the Tycoon live theirives just next to each other almost exclusively from their own egocentric point of viewShields was a remarkable writer 1935
indeed and this book can ualify as rich in Churchills Trial 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. E for herself in her ownife is a paradigm of the unsettled 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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Carol Shields ð 3 free downloadA 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 oneliness every kind of Lakeside Redemption 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 coreIove it so much I don t even want to know what others have said about it The Stone Diaries is the story of one woman s In Pursuit of a Princess life Daisy Goodwill Flett comes into this world in a strange and tragic circumstance The book follows her through herife to the moment of her death You might say she has an ordinary Second Time Loving life in many ways and perhaps that is part of the point Shields is making that allives are the same because no matter how different they are from their fellows all ives are onely isolated journeys Only one person feels or knows who you are and that person is youMany of Shields characters are consumed with Dark Awakening looking backward dwelling in their pasts and trying to unravel theives they have Hawks Way (Hawks Way led but hardly understand They struggle with what it is to relate to others what it is toove or to be Family Men loved Is this whatove is he wonders this substance that Creative Participation lies so pressingly between them so neutral in color yet so palpable it need never be mentioned Or isove something Sabina Spielrein 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 ofoneliness and isolation that runs through the book a kind of rancor underlies 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 uniue among the people she encountersfor they all seem to me to be alone and struggling as well And much of the Cognitive Radio Networks 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 person until 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 us realize that even within ourselves there is an other that is separate observing and virtually unknown to us Perhaps the first person is the soul It is the best explanation I have been able to come up 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 us from one another runs from the beginning of this novel to its end It winds its wayike 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 This is a slow intricate telling of the ife and death of Daisy Goodwill "Flett The glorious writing is so sensual thick with substance so original wise wise and "The glorious writing is so sensual thick with substance so original wise wise and 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 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 eft a Out of This World longegacy of books that I can now imbibe 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 wellBook Award finalist as well All these awards and praise were well merited as this is a well and compelling story about a woman s The Time It Never Rained 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 is an accomplished stonemason in rural Canada The themes ofifedeath and the 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 and we get a sense throughout of her feeling of dislocation in her own The Child of the Soul and Other Stories life Her beginning was also her mother s ending this event underscores theifedeath motif and distorts her concept of timeIt has never been easy for me to understand the obliteration of time to accept as others seem to do the swelling and corresponding shrinkage of season or the conscious acceptance that one year has ended and another begun There is something here that speaks of our essential helplessness and how the greater substance of our Childrens Phantasies lives is bound up with waste and opacity Even the sentence parts sieze on the tongue so that so say Twelve years passed is to deny the fact of biographicalogic p 27 Baby Daisy is certainly helpless and is taken under the wing of her neighbor Mrs Flett who absconds with the baby to ive with Daisy and her son Barker Flett in Ottowa Daisy will not see her father again until the death of her aunt some eleven years ater In fact each of the chapters is about a period of her The Soviet Union life Birth ChildhoodDeath and focuses with many meandering diversions of course on one key defining event Another theme in the book is sex and how various characters experience it Her mother dies in the course of giving birth to her marking sex as something with potential danger Her father is similarly distant from everyone but his precious rocks but he has a special and eternal fascination for his dead first wife the gathering of tenderness rising blood a dark downward swirl of ecstasy and then this seems to him particularly precious the miraculous reward of shared sleep his beloved beside him her breath dissolving into his A coil of her hair will beoosened on the shared pillow and without waking her he will kiss the tips of this hair p 36Throughout the narrative again proposed in the form of a diary we also peek into the minds of many people that Daisy knows during her Gods and Heroes longife after all as she says Life is an endless recruit. Also see Alternate Cover Editions for this ISBN ACE ACE #1 The Stone Diaries is one ordinary woman’s story of her journey through Science, Technology and Culture 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 understand her place in her ownife Daisy attempts to find a way to tell Ing of witnesses p 36 Her caretaker in Ottowa Professor Barker Flett is obsessed with flowers rather than stone and so the motifs of pistil stigma style ovary stamen anther filament petal sepal receptacle p 42 become a pendant for the motif of stone Stone symbolizing a male permanence and the gravestone flowers representing a effiminate side and evoking ifeSome of the evocative images in the book are the tower that Cuyler Goodwill Daisy s father builds for his dead wife in Canada out of stones pilferred secretly from his uarry before moving to Indianapolis and the pyramid he starts as a time machine there in Indianapolis and dies building at the end of the book He was a man on the contrary who could easily be sounded out given the spaceHis voice you might say became the place he ived p 85 Despite his gift for oratory gleaned from reading the Bible he is never uite able to bridge the gap between himself and his daughter probably owning to the fact that he was eccentric perhaps an artisan naif but not unapproachable not in the eastHis tongue earned to dance then Last Chance Bride learned to deal with the intricasies of evasion and drama fiction and distraction p 85 Perhaps it was this same tongue that kissed the tips of his wife s hair but which still serves as a buffer between himself and his own feelingsDaisy inherits this inability to connect to her own feelings marrying by default an alcoholic with who she never consumes the marriage he was always too drunk and who she sneezes out of a window in one of the novel s dark comic scenes For Daisyove is mostly the avoidance of hurt and futher she is accostumed to obstacles and how they can be overcome by readjusting her glance or crowding her concerns into a shadowy corner p 147Dasiy does finally find Whos Cheatin Who? (Thoroughbred Legacy loveater oddly with Flett s son who she stayed with in Canada after the death of his mother until she was eleven and had three children Her daughter Alice is the one closest to her and we get her perspective a bit often than the other children The birds and bees discussion on pages 165 166 was particularly well written from Alice s perspective Her dream during the boring unsatisfying Lawman Lover (Outlaws, lovemaking of Barker about the film The Best Years of Our Lives What would it beike to be touched by cold bent metal instead of human fingertips What would it be City Girl in Training like to feel the full weight of a man on her body pinning her hard to the world p 192 is also telling of her compromises inove and sex even in middle ageUnable to find a sexual outlet she turns to gardening In turn it perceives nothing of her not her history her name her Mystery at Kittiwake Bay longings nothing which is why she is able toove it as purely as she does why she has opened her arms to it taking it as it comes every Dangerous Waters (Cold Case Files leaf every stem every root and sign p 196After the pre mature death of her husband she takes over the column he wrote about gardening in the paper and finally has some individual success however shortived Cut short she The Husband (Smytheshire, Massachusetts, loses the column due to an affair with the newspaper editor and drifts into a deep depression which her children and friends struggle to help her out of A few yearsater she moves to Florida with her remaining friends and ives the rest of her ife at the Bayside Ladies Craft Club in her condo keeping her hands occupied filling and of the world with An Italian Education less andess of herself p 268 She comes to a sad but true realization No one told her so much of Protecting the Colton Bride Coltons Cowboy Code life was spent being old something I am personally struggling with Everything she encounters feelsacking in weight The hollow interior doors of her condo The molded insubstantiality of the Look-Alike Lawman (Texas Twins, light switches The dismayingightness of her balcony furniture The rattling Daddy Wanted loose jointed cabs she sometimes takes p 280 Her attachments to earth then remain superficial as she enters her twilight yearsife thus far has meant accepting the doses of disabling information that have come her way every drop and stirring them with the spoon of her Forbidden Stranger longing she s done this for so many years it s become second nature p 282This uote was also incredibly apt And it s occurred to her that there are millions billions of other men and women in the world who wake up early in their separate beds greedy for the substance of their ownives but obliged every day to reinvent themselves p 283 This reinvention for Daisy is a necessary painful thing done without complaint as opposed to a new exciting way of precisely reclaiming one s own Snowy River Man life Her pain hidden in her past remains too difficult for her to deal with directly and thus she takes this resigned approach Thearger Night Moves (Harlequin Blaze loneliness of ourives evolves from our unwillingness to spend ourselves stir ourselves We are always damping down our inner weather permitting ourselves the comforts of postponement of rehearsals p 291After a visit to her grandfather in the Orkleys north of Scotland her downhill slide becomes inevitable She has a massive heartattack and is recovering And her knees her poor smashed knees Amazing considering all this that she can remember the "Appropriate Phrase Amazing And "phrase amazing and chilling the persevering strictures of social discourseNever mind it means nothing it s only Mrs Flett going through the motions of being Mrs Flett p 314Her daughter Alice comes to her during this final phase when she is turning into stone Knuckles of pearl Already dead Mineralized She reminds herself that what falls into most people s ives becomes a duty they imagine to be good to be faithful to an idea of being good A good daughter A good mother Endlessly heroically patient These enlargements of the self can be terrifying p 326It
remains unspoken about whether Alice decides to be in contact with herself than her moth The Stoneunspoken about whether Alice decides to be in contact with herself than her moth The Stone tells the story of Daisy Goodwill Flett s troubled ife 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 at some point but for now Mercy MercyCuyler Goodwill Malakai (Wicked Games, loved you soWhy did you not share your secret I didike this somber 1995 Pulitzer Prize winner that does actually have a few aughs and one shocker but was somewhat annoyed each time the storyline came to an abrupt halt at a crucial juncture throughout the telling In the end thankfully most of the missing puzzle pieces do unite and Wow What powerful ast words from Daisy view spoilerI AM NOT AT PEACE sure wish Cuyler would have told Daisy how much he oved her mother given her affection and Mercy s engraved 18k
wedding ring as he once planned instead of burying it in the time capsule under the pyramid hide spoiler This bookring as he once planned instead of burying it in the time capsule under the pyramid hide spoiler This book a Pulitizer Prize in 1995 and it was an honor well deserved I d never even heard of it I just picked up up at the Goodwill because the description on the back cover intrigued me but once I picked it 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 iving until the 1980s Shield s Flett reflects simultaneously on her own tragic The Family Plan life and theife 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 A Family Practice 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 pe. Er story within a novel that is itself about theimitations of autobiographyHer A Doctor in Her Stocking (From Here to Maternity life is vivid with incident and yet she feels a sense of powerlessness Sheistens she observes and through sheer force of imagination she becomes a witness of her own ife her birth her death and the troubling misconnections she discovers between Daisy’s struggle to find a plac. .