Bandwagon jumping I know, but I read Stoner the other day.
What a truly wonderful book. Well written, well observed characters and stuff.
But what's I really loved was the way he captured the significance of insignificant people.
People who won't be remembered, people who go through life, then disappear and nothing much happens.
The stormtroopers of the everyday.
It captures the grace and drama of the everyday toil. Which is the life of most of us.
This has something to say to a world that seems to love fame and doing not much. Rather than the real graft and tiny, yet planet sized hopes, fears and passions of real life.
And an adland that perhaps loves its rockstars a little too much.
Also it vividly emotes the pain of a father who wants nothing more than to spend time with his little girl, but always has to compromise. It talks of beautiful little girl who died to leave someone else. It made me cry, it made me think about my kids, it reminded me nothing matters more than my kids, nothing.