Where do Daisy and the novel's other female characters derive their greatest pleasure and fulfillment? 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. How badly do Shields's women need men? It's a highly unorthodox touch that further pushes the envelope between fiction and autobiography. Other are required, other perspectives, but even so our most important ceremonies — birth, love, and death — are secured by whomever and whatever is available. One of the things that redeems Daisy's life is her friendships with other women. How deeply does Daisy seem to love either of her husbands? About this Item: Random House, Canada, Toronto, 1993. The book was nominated for the prestigious Booker Prize last year and recently published in the United States. Shields's prose is succint, clear and graceful, and she is wizardly with description, summarizing appearance, disposition and inner lives with elegant imagery.
Flett dies eleven years later, Daisy is reclaimed by her grieving father, Cuyler, who is on his way to Bloomington, Indiana to accept a job in the limestone industry. The saddest thing about women like Daisy Goodwill is that they didn't know what was owed them. Speaking of pictures, what about your novel's photo section? Why might these characters reappear in the narrative years after their initial entrances? Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+, Not Price Clipped. Signed by Shields on the title page. 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. You can do such a lot within one. How can so much time hold so little, how can it be taken from us? Our own memory is altogether too cherishing, which is the kindest thing I can say for it.
How does this form another picture of Daisy? Shields reveals the mysteries of love, culture and spirituality shimmering beneath the surface of a quiet woman's life. How trustworthy are their interpretations of Daisy's life and character? Daisy is a housewife and she and Barker lead a pleasant, if monotonous, life. About this Item: Random House, Tornoto, 1993. It kept him breathing as a boy, provided a pulse, gave order to vast incomprehension. 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. We all wonder how other people see us, and Daisy is no exception. I was interested in the notion of autobiography and, in particular, the idea of women's life stories.
What do they imagine she does all day? It is odd, but still somehow convincing. 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? A very good copy in mauve boards in a fine, unclipped dust jacket. How well do any of Daisy's intimates really know her? Well, you know we all carry around in our heads what we think is our life story. The book and jacket are in Near Fine condition. 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.
Daisy's children are grown and married, and Daisy is frequently visited by her grand-niece Victoria. Upon arrival in the Orkney Islands, Daisy discovers that Magnus is still alive and she pays him a visit. Many were hatless, their clothes brightly colored. Everything I've read about chaos theory bears this out. Does The Stone Diaries subvert traditional sex roles? But these many details pose more questions than answers as the author explores the essential mystery of all our lives.
After twenty years of marriage, Barker dies of a brain tumor, and Daisy's father dies as well. I love the idea of work, the things people actually do for a living, and I've always been struck by the fact that in most novels people aren't working. How well does the reader know her by the book's close? A lot of women are erased from their lives, sometimes as a result of their own actions and attitudes, but mostly for societal reasons. It also received the and was nominated for the. Daisy is taken to Winnipeg, Canada, to be raised by her parents' neighbor, Clarentine Flett, who has left her husband, Magnus, to live with her son, Barker, a professor of botany. 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. How can one define a life lived? Why might the author have chosen to shift narrative voices? Canadian writer Shields's novels and short stories Swann ; The Republic of Love , etc.
Better or worse than her family and friends? Winner of the Governor General's Award and the Pulitzer Prize. We do irrational things, outrageous things. Bewildered by her inability to understand her own role, Daisy attempts to find a way to tell her own story within a novel that is itself about the limitations of autobiography. What does this admission mean in terms of the record we're reading? How can one define a life lived? There is also a christmas card inscribed and signed by Shields, tipped to the front pastedown, and a short review tipped to the ffep. When his daughter loses her first husband, she never tells the story to another soul. Who do you think is telling Daisy's story? Bit of a slant to spine, one creased page corner, light tanning to text.
As an -born naturalized Canadian, Shields was eligible for both awards; it is currently the only novel ever to have won both awards. What does it reveal both about our protagonist and about the author? Dust Jacket Condition: Good see description. Wittily, ironically, touchingly, Shields gives us Daisy's version of her life and contrasting interpretations of events from her friends, children and extended family. Does it affect your ability to trust Daisy as the narrator of her own life? Diary entries, third party perspectives and even family photographs seem to offer a thorough account of one woman's relatively ordinary life. In the Scarce Canadian Edition, by this Canadian author.
Andrea Pinnington Cover Design illustrator. 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. 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. When I read back over my manuscript, I saw that Daisy had somehow leaped over her experiences with childbirth, sexual initiation, and education. Victoria invites Daisy to accompany her on a research trip to the Orkney Islands, where Daisy plans to visit the grave of her father-in-law, Magnus Flett. Bright neat copy of the first printing of the Pulitzer winning novel with light evidence of a prior reading. She might drop in a ripe plum from a library book she's reading or something out of a soap opera or a dream.