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D we get a sense throughout of her feeling of dislocation in her own life Her beginning was also her mother s ending this event nderscores the lifedeath motif and distorts her concept of timeIt has never been easy for me to The Venetians Mistress 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 lives is boundp 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 biographical logic p 27 Baby Daisy is certainly helpless and is taken Two Steps Forward under the wing of her neighbor Mrs Flett who absconds with the baby to live with Daisy and her son Barker Flett in Ottowa Daisy will not see her father againntil the death of her aunt some eleven years later In fact each of the chapters is about a period of her 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 be loosened 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 long life after all as she says Life is an endless recruiting 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 lifeSome 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 The Soldiers Mission (Secret Agent Series, 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 lived p 85 Despite his gift for oratory gleaned from reading the Bible he is neverite 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 The Ranchers Surprise Marriage unapproachable not in the leastHis tongue learned to dance then 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 Daisy love 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 love later oddly with Flett s son who she stayed with in Canada after the death of his motherntil 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 The Ancient Central Andes unsatisfying lovemaking of Barker about the film The Best Years of Our Lives What would it be like to be touched by cold bent metal instead of human fingertips What would it be 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 in love 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 longings nothing which is why she is able to love it as purely as she does why she has opened her arms to it taking it as it comes every 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 short lived Cut short she 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 years later she moves to Florida with her remaining friends and lives the rest of her life at the Bayside Ladies Craft Club in her condo keeping her hands occupied filling and of the world with less and less of herself p 268 She comes to a sad but true realization No one told her so much of life was spent being old something I am personally struggling with Everything she encounters feels lacking in weight The hollow interior doors of her condo The molded insubstantiality of the light switches The dismaying lightness of her balcony furniture The rattling loose jointed cabs she sometimes takes p 280 Her attachments to earth then remain superficial as she enters her twilight years life 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 longing she s done this for so many years it s become second nature p 282Thisote 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 Lover Extraordinaire (Extraordinaire, up early in their separate beds greedy for the substance of their own lives 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 life Her pain hidden in her past remains too difficult for her to deal with directly and thus she takes this resigned approach The larger loneliness of our lives evolves from ournwillingness 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 also 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 lives becomes a duty they imagine to be good to be faithful to an idea of being good A good daughter A good mothe. Er story within a novel that is itself about the limitations of autobiographyHer life is vivid with incident and yet she feels a sense of powerlessness She listens she observes and through sheer force of imagination she becomes a witness of her own life her birth her death and the troubling misconnections she discovers between Daisy’s struggle to find a plac.
Finishing this book I thought What a gloomy novel what a futile life Shields wrote a sort of biography of Daisy Goodwill from her remarkable birth Christmas With A Hero up to her last fading moment of life in 10 chapters each with an interval of about 10 years But it s not a linear story sometimes we hear Daisy speak sometimes annknown narrator at other times immediate family and friends whether through letters or otherwise This very variegated approach creates a dynamic and exposes the contradictions and differences between how we see ourselves how others see s how through life experiences we change the way we look at ourselves and others Daisy is the link between all the characters but Shields freuently zooms in on others and by doing so she exposes the profound changes they made in their lives and how they interacted with one anotherTwo insights prevail 1 How in our This book won a Pulitizer Prize in 1995 and it was an honor well deserved I d never even heard of it I just picked p p at the Goodwill because the description on the back cover intrigued me but once I picked it p 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 living A Ta Place until the 1980s Shield s Flett reflects simultaneously on her own tragic life and the life 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 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 perspectives 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 less confusing than would be expected don t worry it doesn t read like As I Lay Dying or anything 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 s life 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 lookout for of Carol Shields work I d definitely recommend it The Stone Diaries is the story of one woman s life Daisy Goodwill Flett comes into this world in a strange and tragic circumstance The book follows her through her life to the moment of her death You might say she has an ordinary life in many ways and perhaps that is part of the point Shields is making that all lives are the same because no matter how different they are from their fellows all lives are lonely isolated journeys Only one person feels or knows who you are and that person is youMany of Shields characters are consumed with looking backward dwelling in their pasts and trying tonravel the lives they have led but hardly Mortal Sin understand They struggle with what it is to relate to others what it is to love or to be loved Is this what love is he wonders this substance that lies so pressingly between them so neutral in color yet so palpable it need never be mentioned Or is love something 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 of loneliness and isolation that runs through the book a kind of rancornderlies 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 How to Win an Argument... Even When You Lose uniue among the people she encountersfor they all seem to me to be alone and struggling as well And much of the 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 personntil 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 s realize that even within ourselves there is an other that is separate observing and virtually nknown to Aquinass Way to God us Perhaps the first person is the soul It is the best explanation I have been able to comep 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 Bijoux en origami us from one another runs from the beginning of this novel to its end It winds its way like 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 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 brilliance like T C Boyle s World s End and Coetzee s Elizabeth Costello it is heartbreaking endearing and best of allite accessible Although the Puig like tricks that is Latin American lit concessions are ite 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 life and death or the ethereal and the tangible This one deeply astonishes 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 well written and compelling story about a woman s 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 of lifedeath 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 an. Also see Alternate Cover Editions for this ISBN ACE ACE #1 The Stone Diaries is one ordinary woman’s story of her journey through 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 nderstand her place in her own life Daisy attempts to find a way to tell
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R Endlessly heroically patient These enlargements of the self can be terrifying p 326It remains Prison Ramen unspoken about whether Alice decides to be in contact with herself than her mother was but she is the one child who is in a relatively stable marriage and having moved to England in seeming bliss and discovery As Daisy passes from this world Something has occurred to her something transparently simple something she s always known it seems but never articulated Which is that the moment of death occurs while we re still alive Life marches rightp to the wall of that final darkness one extreme state of being butting against the other Not even a breath separates them Not even a blink of the eye p 342This was a beautiful book and it is likely that I will seek out other books to read from this author even while I tried to live a bit consciously trying to take some of the lessons about living and aging that this book tries to teach This is a slow intricate telling of the life and death of Daisy Goodwill Flett The glorious writing is so sensual thick with substance so original wise wise and wise 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 nderstand 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 left a long legacy of books that I can now imbibe I didn t like this book but it was mostly because I didn t like the main character and her lack of personal substance She never ever even once feels any joy passion or grief There is one period in her life where she appears to experience depression but again there is a lack of strong emotion which really is typical of depression A person who has three children marries twice and is widowed twice sually experiences some sort of deep emotion This flaw in her personality had me lacking empathy with her It seems the author s basic premise is that the main character Daisy lacks 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 lean toward the former because of some passages in the story They lack passion and passionate expression Daisy never hears she is loved nor do you find love expressed by her her mother Mercy never said she loved nor otherwise expressed love although she was loved greatly and with deep passion by Daisy s father What I did like most was the author s Fearful Symmetry use of symbolism Stones and flowers are heavilysed perhaps overly so at times There is the building of monuments by Daisy s father of course made of stone his life as a arryman Daisy s gardens her second husband s love and knowlege of plants names of characters and much If that sort of thing excites you you might love this book for that aloneI would also like 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 lastly 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 lack of sense of self the void within her life that she herself doesn t really fill is not capable of filling There are other times it does not feel like 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 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 s life 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 The Stone Diaries tells the story of Daisy Goodwill Flett s troubled life 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 loved you soWhy did you not share your secret I did like this somber 1995 Pulitzer Prize winner that does actually have a few laughs 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 nite and Wow What powerful last words from Daisy view spoilerI AM NOT AT PEACE sure wish Cuyler would have told Daisy how much he loved her mother given her affection and Mercy s engraved 18k wedding ring as he once planned instead of burying it in the time capsule Lasers under the pyramid hide spoiler A 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 poetrynto themselvesEssentially it s a book about loneliness every kind of 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 coreI love it so much I don t even want to know what others have said about it I love this book It has been 14 years since I have read it and I still remember clearly what it means to me Life is longand in this long life you lead a series of mini lives In each life 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 Tethered to the World (A Phantom Touched until one day we are very old and find that we are 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 I like to think about And it works both ways Sometimes I hope that the life I m in never ends and my fear is that one day its time will bep In other periods of my life 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 lasting message I plan carry it with me throughout my long lifetim. E for herself in her own life is a paradigm of the nsettled 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.
Arthur Ellis Award in 1988