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The Stone Diaries is one ordinary woman's story of her journey through life. The more I read by Carol Shields, the more impressed I am by her writing skills. I think the structure of this book is excellent, and very, very skilled. 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 own life, Daisy attempts to find a way to tell her story within a novel that is itself about the limitations of The Stone Diaries is one ordinary woman's story of her journey through life.

The Stone Diaries is a 1993 novel by Carol Shields. The book is the fictional autobiography of Daisy Goodwill Flett, a seemingly ordinary woman whose life is marked by death and loss from the beginning, when her mother dies during childbirth. Through marriage and motherhood, Daisy struggles to find contentment, never truly understanding her life's true purpose.

Carol Shields (1935–2003) was born in the . It’s the only book to have won both prestigious prizes.

Carol Shields (1935–2003) was born in the United States but became a Canadian citizen in the late 1950s after marrying a Canadian engineer. She is perhaps best known for her 1993 novel The Stone Diaries, which won the . Pulitzer Prize for Fiction as well as the Governor General’s Award in Canada. Shields is known for her straightforward writing style and for focusing on the everyday interactions and moments of ordinary lives.

The Stone Diaries is the story of one woman's life; a truly sensuous novel . The book won a Governor General’s Literary Award and a Pulitzer Prize, and was also shortlisted for the Booker Prize, bringing Shields a. .

The Stone Diaries is the story of one woman's life; a truly sensuous novel that reflects and illuminates the unsettled decades of our century. In addition to her writing, Carol Shields worked as an academic, teaching at the University of Ottawa, the University of British Columbia and the University of Manitoba. In 1996, she became chancellor of the University of Winnipeg. The book won a Governor General’s Literary Award and a Pulitzer Prize, and was also shortlisted for the Booker Prize, bringing Shields an international following.

In Carol Shields' latest novel The Stones Diaries it is easy to confuse fact with fiction. Carol Shields joins me in the studio this morning to talk about her new book, her career as a novelist, poet and playwright. The novel has all the trappings of reality as it traces the life story of Daisy Stone Goodwill from her birth in rural Canada in 1905 to her decline and death in a Florida nursing home nine decades later. We'll take your calls all through the hour on 885-8850. Carol Shields good morning to you. CS: Good morning.

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The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields. Carol Shields' last book. University of Toronto - Reta Winters, successful author has always considered herself happy. a real find! Carol Shields is a very famous award winning Canadian author. The Stone Diaries is a 1993 award winning novel by Carol Shields. It is the fictional autobiography about the life of Daisy Goodwill Flett, a seemingly ordinary. 1995 - Esquire calls this fictional autobiography of Daisy Goodwell Flett "a beautiful, darkly ironic novel of misunderstanding and missed opportunities. That is, until her oldest daughter Norah drops out of college to become a panhandler on a Toronto street corner.

The Stone Diaries was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the 1993 Booker Prize, and won Canada’s Governor . Carol Shields is a name to set beside Margaret Atwood and Alice Munro -Anita Brookner.

The Stone Diaries was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the 1993 Booker Prize, and won Canada’s Governor General Award.

Years later she becomes a successful garden columnist and experiences the kind of awakening that thousands of her contemporaries in mid-century yearned for but missed in alcoholism, marital infidelity and bridge clubs. The events of Daisy's life, however, are less compelling than her rich, vividly described inner life — from her memories of her adoptive mother to her awareness of impending death.

How can one define a life lived? If we had a chance to have our life story written, and then told through the eyes of those who were closest to us, what would they say about us, and more interestingly, how accurate would they be in truly understanding the inner nuances that make each of us tick? In "The Stone Diaries," Carol Shields attempts to chronicle the life of Daisy Goodwill. It is a life first told through the eyes of Daisy, and then through the eyes of those who presumably knew her best: her friends, children and relatives. What is extraordinary about this book, is that one can look at a life lived in so many ways. Was Daisy Goodwill's life uneventful, lacking the excitement and freedom of her more worldly friends? Or was it a full, rich life? Only the reader can make this determination. But what is fascinating about "The Stone Diaries" is how the determination of the value of Daisy's life is so different, depending on the perspective that is taken. How much do we really know those people who we love the most? How well do we really know each other? This is a fascinating read, particularly for women who are living their life in full; however unfascinating and uneventful that may seem. ---Amazon Reviews

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This took awhile to get through. The characters didn't grab me at first. But I am so glad I read it. Very heavy read about women and society.
I didn't get into this book early, but once I did, I loved it. I couldn't believe how the author changed the styles--having characters be the speaker, using letters--these captured me. The final chapter was so real. How did the author know so much about the things that happen as one is failing? Very moving
You just have to read this book and experience the extraordinary story telling and the characters. I was immersed in the story and read it quickly - too quickly. A well done Pulitzer winner. I'm looking forward to reading more by Carol Shields.
It was very well written. After I got through the first chapter I figured out what the book was about and couldn't put it down.
It seems strange to be discovering a Pulitzer Prizewinning writer, born five years before me, only seven years after her death. But I'm glad I did. Daisy Goodwill's birth and childhood, in a quarry-town in western Canada, are respectively singular and meager. A fatal accident on her honeymoon saves her from what promises to be a disasterous first marriage, while her second marriage is both fated and fortunate. Once comfortably lodged in the upper middle class, she has a not-too-eventful midlife, which Shields's varied sylistic approaches keep consistently interesting. Daisy's last years, however, are both typical and grim.
I can't help surmising that Daisy bears some relationship to Shields's own mother, but in any case after a rocky start she lives a life not uncommon for middle class women born at the beginning of the 20th century, when women worked only if they had to. Daisy's most fulfilling decade was when she wrote a weekly garden column for the Bloomington, Indiana newspaper under the name of "Mrs. Green Thumb." The recogniton she received for her expertise as a gardener gave her a sense of self-worth that otherwise eluded her. She was from hard-working stock, and needed meaningful work to feel fulfilled.
The author has set herself the task of showing how extraordinary an "ordinary" woman of her mother's generation could be, but she does not abandon her heroine at some suitable climax, but continues onward to old age and death, which are a distinct anti-climax, as Daisy subsides in the nursing home into memories and regrets about missed opportunities and roads not taken. One lesson I take from this ending is how much better off Shields's generation of women is in comparison to her mother's. Like Shields herself, Daisy's oldest child, Alice, is a successful academic and writer,though not necessarily any happier than her mother.
I wish I could find and include the summary of my own mother's life that I wrote at the time of her death at 101 years of age. She was born two years before Daisy, but into more fortunate circumstances as the daughter of a lawyer, and she earned a Master's degree at MIT, worked all her life as a teacher, public health official, and once again an elementary school teacher, the work she excelled at and loved the best. She married a man she considered brilliant and handsome, put him through college and graduate school, had one child (she wanted two) lived abroad several times in Europe and Mexico, was a serious amateur painter a dozen of whose canvasses are still hanging in the assisted living establishment to which she moved from her apartment at the age of ninty-three, and was still happy to be alive at 101, going for the longevity record.
She had more fulfillment in her life than Daisy Goodwill, but she had a good head-start, and was considerably more energetic and self-reliant. So much depends on the start we get in life - not only the externals of sufficient income and a solid family upbringing, but also the inner story of who loves us and who we love, and how these loves are expressed. Despite the dire circumstances into which Daisy was born, she found people to love and care for her, a husband who adored her, three healthy children, material security in her adult life, and some, if not enough, fulfilling work. She deserved a better memorial than her distracted children, preoccupied with their own troubles, were able to provide. Perhaps Shields already knew that she was fighting cancer when she wrote this bitter ending. I think Daisy - or anyone - deserves better. But that may be exactly the author's point.
This book took me a while to read as I was never really drawn in or enticed to keep reading it. Nonetheless I read on, enjoying the fine writing, and still certain that a climactic end was in store. Well it never really came, yet something more rewarding occurred that caught me by suprise. Upon finishing the book, I sat,closed my eyes, and relished in the thoughts this book provoked in me. Thoughts about life, its meaning, its purpose, how to approach it, thoughts of family, of friendships, of births and deaths, of work, of retirement, of illness, and of my own death. I was quite saddened by the book. The family and friends of Daisy knew so little about her really. She became, to them (and to me), this old lady who repeated herself, and led a self-denied life of wife and mother. How sad and I will never let that happen to me is what I thought. However, Daisy,herself, it seemed, never really thought much about what she might of missed, or what more life could have given her. She reminded me so much of my own grandmothers, who never really thought too much about what they didn't have. They didn't ponder on life's mysteries or their discontentments. They merely lived, not worrying about such trivialities, but rather took one thing at a time and took life at its face value. I believe that many younger generations today, as Daisy's family did, see this as a weakness, a meaningless life that never attained self-actualization. I'm not so sure about this. Who was really unhappier? Daisy or her children? Who seemed more content? Daisy or her ever divorcing, job-changing, scattered children? Very thought provoking. Read it and learn something about yourself,about life.
It is well written, just not much of a story. Characters not really compelling, plot not too interesting, narrative pretty slow.
With respect to the Pulitzer Prize, one cannot deny that Carol Shield's writing is elegant and highly readable. The story, however, of Daisy Goodwill was not very interesting to me. A fan of historical fiction, it had a true ring to time and place, but I wanted more.

Born under extraordinary circumstances to a woman who died in childbirth and either didn't know she was pregnant or simply kept her pregnancy a secret inside her obese body, I felt the story started out with great potential. It's just that the narrator, going in an out of first person, is all over the place with the timeline and it never picked up a sustainable pace compelling me to read on-even after 100 pages.

Highly disappointing.
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Author: Carol Sheilds
ISBN: 0140238344
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: Literary
Language: English
Publisher: Penguin Putnam~trade; 14th edition (1993)