The Stone Diaries (2 Cassettes)

The Stone Diaries (2 Cassettes)

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by Carol Shields
     
 

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From her calamitous 1905 birth in Manitoba to her journey with her father to Indiana, throughout her years as a wife, mother, and widow, Daisy Stone Goodwill struggles to understand her place in her own life. Now, in old age, Daisy attempts to tell her life story. With irony and humor, Shields weaves together a story of a 20th century pilgrim in search of herself. 2

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From her calamitous 1905 birth in Manitoba to her journey with her father to Indiana, throughout her years as a wife, mother, and widow, Daisy Stone Goodwill struggles to understand her place in her own life. Now, in old age, Daisy attempts to tell her life story. With irony and humor, Shields weaves together a story of a 20th century pilgrim in search of herself. 2 cassettes.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Canadian writer Shields's novels and short stories ( Swann ; The Republic of Love , etc.) are intensely imagined, humanely generous, beautifully sustained and impeccably detailed. 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. It is at once a playful sendup of the art of biography and a serious exploration of the essential mystery of human lives; the gist of this many-faceted story is that all biographies are only versions of the facts. Shields follows her heroine, Daisy Goodwill Hoad Flett, from her birth--and her mother's death--on the kitchen floor of a stonemason's cottage in a small quarry town in Manitoba through childhood in Winnipeg, adolescence and young womanhood in Bloomington, Ind. (another quarry town), two marriages, motherhood, widowhood, a brief, exhilarating career in Ottawa--and eventually to old age and death in Florida. Stone is the unifying image here: it affects the geography of Daisy's life, and ultimately her vision of herself. Wittily, ironically, touchingly, Shields gives us Daisy's version of her life and contrasting interpretations of events from her friends, children and extended family. (She even provides ostensible photographs of Daisy's family and friends.) Shields's prose is succint, clear and graceful, and she is wizardly with description, summarizing appearance, disposition and inner lives with elegant imagery. Secondary characters are equally compelling, especially Daisy's obese, phlegmatic mother; her meek, obsessive father, who transforms himself into an overbearing executive; her adoptive mother, her stubborn father-in-law. Readers who discover Shields with this book can also pick up a simultaneously published paperback version of an early first novel, Happenstance . Author tour. (Mar.)
Library Journal
Author of the ``most satisfying'' The Republic of Love ( LJ 1/92), Canadian novelist Shields here details the hard life of Daisy Stone Goodwill from her 1905 birth in Manitoba through old age.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140862461
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
10/28/1995
Edition description:
2 Cassettes
Product dimensions:
4.37(w) x 7.13(h) x 0.81(d)

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The Stone Diaries 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An interesting book covering one woman's life from her unexpected birth in Canada, her subsequent move with her father to Indiana and finally marriage in Toronto. There are huge leaps of time in the book, leaving the reader to wonder what transpired in between and what events and persons influenced her development. The main takeaway from the book is how lack of communication with friends and family can leave a person frustrated and isolated. The book is written in different voices and gives an overview of the changing times and attitudes with respect to women.
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pagese More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure really what to think of this book. The description makes it sound like it is told from Daisy's point of view, but really it is not. It almost like an outsider wrote it that knew everything about Daisy. While I liked the book, I felt next to nothing for Daisy herself. I found those surrounding her to be far more interesting. They gave the story life. Thankfully you get a few clips of the story told from varying viewpoints. I got the most from the letters, etc that are throughout the story. I kept hoping the Daisy would eventually find something to tie her to this world. Most people I think go through life trying to make their mark, something that says they were here long after they're gone. With Daisy it was like she knew she would never been remembered, so why try. She even felt her children and grandchildren would eventually forget about her. She was content to just exist for the moment. It was not depressing, I just felt sorry for her. Still, not a bad story.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
My gosh, this book reminds me so much of what happened to my mother and her two (2) siblings, but in the early 20's! I could not put this book down. Ms Shields - this is THE best book I've read in a long time that captured me from the start!!!! I will be searching for prior books written and also look forward to your writing more! I fell in love with 'Daisy' from the start! A marvelous read! Awesome!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Im 16 years old and In grade 11 and I loved this book. I read it for a English term paper and I would love to read it again! Its very detailed and long but a wonderful book none the less. Try it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read and reread this book. It is both deep and easy reading at the same time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a page turner. I laughed and cried through Daisy's journey through life. What especially impressed me was her family's thoughts on her life expereinces. I recommend this book to everyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just like any other pulitzer prize winner, this book is unique and takes the reader for a well spent ride through the life of a woman from her birth to her death. How little her family knew her from the narrative of their perspectives after her death. This book made me think of how much more there is to people other than what we see of their lives! Very well-written and fresh!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ms. Shields's gift for writing was apparent in this novel. She took an ordinary woman's life and spun it into an extraordinary tale. What a loss to the literary world, that Ms. Sheilds's voice has been silenced.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read two awesome books this year. This one and Evolution by Jennifer MacDonald. Check them out whether you buy them or get them at the library.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although well-written, the book drags on for eternity with absolutely irrelevant detail, drowning the chatacters in lore, and ultimately dehumanizing them by equating them to their surroundings. In fact, Shields does a fine job of suggesting that stone, plants, humans, and God are all equal to each other, which strikes me with its profound immaturity and stupidity. Lastly, this novel reeks of feminism - something not unexpected, yet still discrediting. I do not recommend this book to anyone, although, if you're a feminist, knock yourself out. Ta ta