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The Stone Diaries

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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Governor-General's Award, and short-listed for the Booker Prize. 'The ... Show synopsis

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A Must in Canadian Literature: The Stone Diaries

by hetd2301 on Jul 19, 2007

Carol Shields wrote this autobiographical fiction that reflects the life of Daisy Goodwill from her tragic birth to her sad death through diaries and letters. Daisy, as well as the many other characters who hover around her, is lonely, trying to figure out what she can do with her life, what could bring her happiness and satisfaction. The reader is brought into her world, a world that has probably been that of many other women of the time, through opinions and events that construct her character of a typical woman of the beginning of the century frustrated to have no other purpose than motherhood. While she does not find her life's purpose in working as a journalist, she grows and develops into an accomplished and remembered woman who mirrors, to the reader, the reality and difficulty of trying to find a voice and a place in a society just starting to consider women as independent individuals capable of more than simply cooking, cleaning and caring for others (read: men). Beautifully written, Shields' novel is touching, easy to read and her characters are more than realistic; the reader rapidly becomes a part of the family as he/she reads the diary and the letters and the characters reminded me of people I know, of personalities I've encountered, of life issues I have had to deal with as life went by. The Stones Diaries won the Pulitzer prize for fiction in 1995 and remains, to this day, a classic of Canadian Literature and of Women Literature.

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