I recently finished Stoner by John Williams. It’s a very linear narrative about a man lives in the first half of the 20th century. I listened to it as an audiobook so for most of the time, this book felt like a simple story and it didn’t have much behind it. But about 2/3rd of the way through the book, I started to find interesting bits about the characters, the way life was in the 1920s and 1930s. Time passed at a weird pace within the book, some years were shortly reviewed and others were important years within the book. And at the end of the book, I felt like I knew a simple man with a lot of conflicting feels left undiscovered.