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The Architecture of the Arkansas Ozarks (Stay More #3)

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  715 Ratings  ·  98 Reviews
Jacob and Noah Ingledew trudge 600 miles from their native Tennessee to found Stay More -- a small town nestled in a narrow valley that winds among the Arkansas Ozarks and into the reader's imagination. The Ingledew saga -- which follows six generations of Stay Morons through 140 years of abundant living and prodigal loving -- is the heart of Donald Harington's jubilant, p ...more
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Published April 15th 2004 by Toby Press (first published January 1st 1975)
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karen
Jul 14, 2012 karen rated it it was amazing

okay, i am going to try to harness this simmering undercurrent of interest in donald harington that i spy with my little eye here on goodreads.com to build it into a rolling boil!!!

yes. donald harington. yes.

do i frequently get enthusiastic here on goodreads.com?? do i bark at the mailman, chase balls, and develop a fondness for legs? guilty, yes. but besides dfw, who is my soul, who are the big three?? jonathan carroll, thomas hardy, and dear donald harington. that is not to say that other-ent
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j
Jul 03, 2011 j rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE! YOU!
Recommended to j by: karen
Sometimes I think I have a mild form of prosopagnosia. When people say kids look like their parents, I always have to smile and nod, unless we're talking Martin Sheen/Emilio Estevez levels of facial similarity. And then there's this thing I do where I think someone I know looks like a famous person, or I think two actresses look alike, and I'll say something and be gently corrected by my girlfriend ("Yes, well, I suppose both of them do have two eyes...").

When I got about halfway through The Arc
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Lawyer
The Architecture of the Arkansas Ozarks: Donald Harington's History of Stay More, Arkansas

THE STAY MORON'S OATH

Do you solemnly swear that country life is
not only more peaceful than city life but
more likely to last into contented old age?

That strictly speaking, a “moron” is simply
a person preferring to keep to the age span
between seven and twelve years?

That it is possible to remain this age for all
of one’s long life?

That this is a good age for the hearing or
reading of stories?

That a good
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Eh?Eh!
Feb 01, 2011 Eh?Eh! rated it it was amazing
I'm one of those idiots* who laughs when someone says "deliverance" and has heard a few jokes about, um, dishonored sisters. I've heard a little about the poverty and lack of education in some nonspecific mountain ranges over towards the east (this includes all the mountains east of the Rockies for me). I'm sorry for my ignorance. I've made my last pretty mouth joke and sent my last dueling banjos video link.

This is not to say that there may not be truth behind the lamentably lurid portrayals. I
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Jen
This book deserves an award. I loved it. It should be the first thing someone should see as a link for the term "American Myth," and it could bypass all that other stuff about dreams of success, achievement, melting pots, etc. Simply put, this was perfection. It was architecture, literature, tall tales, history, sex...everything was in there but in a state of grace. This book makes me less embarrassed to be an American. Harington makes a respectful case for all primitive and backwards people an ...more
Bill
Feb 04, 2012 Bill rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, lit-fiction, 2012
this wonderful book covers pretty much the whole history of the fictional town of stay more, where harington's novels are set.

he must have thought at the time that he was done with the story, because he didn't write another novel for 11 years. i, for one, am truly thankful that he eventually decided to revisit stay more, because i am so looking forward to reading the rest of his novels.

i owe my knowledge of the existence of harington entirely to karen, so i strongly advise you to read her review
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Tony
Apr 09, 2012 Tony rated it liked it
Shelves: u-s-lit
There are American authors, and not just Southern authors, who entertain mightily by bringing to life sections of the country and its people, complete with dialect, culture and, most of all, stories. Descendants of Twain, they see the humor in Americana. Ernest Hebert captured New Hampshire. Richard Russo brought us New York's smaller, decaying towns. T.R. Pearson told tale of A Short History of a Small Place, nestled somewhere in North Carolina. Donald Harington, in that same tradition, brings ...more
Judi
Brilliant perspective. Captivating. Witty. A hundred stars. A tale that wends it way through history anchored by the architecture of each era. A history that begins with the inception of the first settler of the Arkansas Ozarks and his primitive hut. His invitation to his neighbor, a Native American kindred spirit, was to "Stay More". His guest often complied with the request. Stay More thus eventually evolved by chance, as most all things do, into the name of the town. And thus the tale continu ...more
smetchie
Aug 15, 2014 smetchie rated it really liked it
Recommended to smetchie by: Eh?Eh!
Shelves: forrest-gump-of
It's the hillbilly Forrest Gump!

No wait. Forrest Gump sorta WAS a hillbilly. Hmm.

Forrest Gump of Arkansas and the Civil War.
Siv30
Sep 30, 2015 Siv30 rated it really liked it
"לא מדברים מילים, חוץ מהבעות השמחה הרבות של האנשים בזמן שהם בונים את מבנה המגורים. הרמת בית היא טקס רועש ביותר, אבל לא במילים. הרבה בשר נאכל. הזוג המבורך מלא מידי בבשר אחר -כך כדי לעשות את ה- מעולם לא למדתי איך אתם קוראים לזה באנגלית - הזה, בחושך, אחד - מעל - השניה - יחד - מחוברים באמצע. אתה מכיר את זה? לא? חבל. זה אושר גדול" "הארכיטקטורה בחבל האוזרק בארקנסו" כשג`ייקוב ונח אינגלדיו הגיעו לארקנסו, שבדרום ארה"ב, הם פגשו במרחבים בלתי מיושבים ובזוג אינדיאנים. פנשאו והסקוואה שלו שחיו במבנה דו זוגי. ל ...more
Glee
Apr 02, 2011 Glee rated it it was amazing
I don't really know where to start with this one. It was charming, informative (about things that are of little or no interest generally, but become so with this author), playful, snarky, and above all, affectionate in the portrayal of the settlers/citizens of the hamlet of Stay More, Arkansas. (Happily referred to as Stay Morons.) I have to admit to a personal bias here, having been born in northwest Arkansas to a native Arkansan and a DamnYankee (who had only ventured out of the Hudson Valley ...more
Mary Overton
The first white settler, a woman-shy bachelor, to the Arkansas Ozarks discusses with the last Indian their first batch of Arkansas sour mash whiskey:

"Why do we drink this stuff?" [Fanshaw, the Indian, asks.:]
"You don't lak it?" Jacob said. "I 'low as how it aint near as good as that I brung from Tennessee, but..."
"Oh, it is fine. Ripping stuff, old boy. I simply raise the philosophical question: why do we drink it?"
Jacob pondered. "Wal, I kinder relish the taste, myself."
"Yo. But do we not more
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Rosa
Jan 27, 2012 Rosa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you happen to be someone who says they no longer have the patience for reading books, this one will change your mind, for you might not be able to put it down.

An imaginative, hilarious yarn very loosely based on American history and the culture of the Ozarks’ more remote reaches, The Architecture of the Arkansas Ozarks is a thoroughly entertaining saga, allowing us to witness the stories of five generations of Ingledew men, and those who chose to make the town of Stay More their homestead alo
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Jae
Aug 29, 2007 Jae rated it really liked it
I picked up this book because I liked Harington's Butterfly Weed. Like most of Harington's books, TAOTAO is set in the small town of Stay More way back in the valleys of the Ozark Mountains. Beginning with the arrival of the first settlers in what would become Stay More, brothers Jacob and Noah Ingledew, TAOTAO meanders through the history and growth of this hamlet. It is part historical fiction, part tall tale, with a stong dose of folklore, explaining why Rotary and Lions clubs generally meet ...more
Asher Gabbay
It was Friday night, a week ago. I was in Seoul, alone in my hotel room, facing a long shabbat with nothing to do but read. I started reading this book at 10pm. By the time I went to sleep, at 5am, I was half-way through it. The only reason I stopped was that I wanted to give myself a few more days of pleasure, instead of finishing it all in one go. [return][return]This is an epic novel that traces several generations of the Ingledews, the first settlers of the town of Stay More in Arkansas. The ...more
Mara Leveritt
May 28, 2014 Mara Leveritt rated it it was amazing
Magical realism with a dirt floor. Harington was a hero to me, one whose hand I was lucky enough to shake a time or two. Because of this book, based in the lonesome, lovely hamlet of Stay More, I was moved to take the Stay Moron's Oath, administered by Mr. H. himself:
Do you solemnly swear that country life is not only more peaceful than city life but more likely to last into contented old age?
That strictly speaking, a “moron” is simply a person preferring to keep to the age span between seven an
...more
Richda Mcnutt
Feb 07, 2012 Richda Mcnutt rated it liked it
When you enter the world of Stay More, Arkansas, you enter a world of absurd creativity, vivid characters, humorous situations, and the origin of expressions that older people of Southern regions have heard most of their lives. If you decide to leave, you will be encouraged to "Stay More," and in so doing, you will become a fellow Stay Moron. You won't regret it.
nettebuecherkiste
I was going to give this book 4 stars, but I liked the last chapter so much I'm giving 5 after all :-) German review to follow.

Eine deutsche Ausgabe scheint es leider nicht zu geben.

Irgendwann im 19. Jahrhundert erreichen die Brüder Jacob und Noah Ingledew die beinahe menschenleere Ozarks-Region in Arkansas. Beinahe menschenleer, denn der Indianer Fanshaw, der die englische Sprache spricht, lebt dort mit seiner Frau in einem Haus, das der Autor als “bigeminal” (etwa: “paarig”) bezeichnet. Jacob
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Daniel Hanna
Oct 15, 2013 Daniel Hanna rated it really liked it
The first half of the book is phenomenal. A funny, touching look at the first Ozark settlers and how they grew into a town. Once the story moves from the town's founder on to his kids, the book loses steam.
Jim
Aug 04, 2014 Jim rated it really liked it
Since Karen has already enthusiastically reviewed this book, my notes will be little more than an afterthought, but I surely enjoyed this humorous, ribald, entertaining poke at Arkansans of the Ozarks, detailing the lively and often taciturn history of the folks of Stay More. I could say that I wish I could stay more in Stay More, but then I can, since there are several more books that I haven't explored, this being the third in the series. Kind of a cross between Mark Twain and Larry McMurtry, ...more
Bettye McKee
Aug 24, 2015 Bettye McKee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's rare for me to give up on a book halfway through, but it was a struggle to get that far. It's not that the author did anything wrong, but I was not enjoying the book and kept thinking about more pleasant books waiting for me.

Jacob Ingledew is portrayed as the Forrest Gump of the Ozarks, and his brother Noah is a step or two lower on the evolutionary ladder. The architecture was interesting, but I found I didn't like the people and didn't care what happened next.

It is not my intention to dis
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Bud Mallar
Mar 01, 2015 Bud Mallar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sadly, I am finished - would there were more pages to turn.

This is all Karen's fault - please read her review

She got me started on Donald Harington and it's been a wonderful ride since I picked up Lightning Bug, the first of the series.

At first glance these are hillbillies - those backward, hard drinking, gun toting, uneducated fools living out in the hills, not needing electricity, indoor plumbing, grocery stores. But they are us.

This book is full of real people, some real events, some maybe e
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Batch Batchelder
Mar 17, 2012 Batch Batchelder rated it really liked it
Although I'm struggling to write the review/summarize the concept, I really enjoyed this book. The title is (I think) intentionally, maybe even sarcastically misleading as it really has much less to do with the Architecture than it does the people of the ArkOz.

A tongue-in-cheek cultural observation viewed through multiple generations of the Ingledew clan as they built their homes, businesses, barns and the like in a fictional sub-segment of the Arkansas Ozarks. The town is named "Staymore" and i
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Russ
Aug 24, 2013 Russ rated it really liked it
Overall I enjoyed this book! It's well written in a humorous, Forrest Gump kind of storytelling style. The book begins with the first white settler arriving in the Arkansas Ozark and runs through several subsequent generations of the Ingledew family who settle a rural community called Stay More (the residents of which are known as Stay Morons :) The colorful assortment of characters include an itinerant peddler whose cyclical visits and merchandise chronicle the changing times, a woman's courtsh ...more
MaryAnn
Jan 12, 2008 MaryAnn rated it really liked it
Recommended to MaryAnn by: Autumn Haag
Donald Harington, the author of this novel, grew up summering in the Ozarks, and his great love of them shows throughout the entire novel, and that is what makes it such an enjoyable book to read. He narates the history of the invented town Stay More with the air of one describing the grand history of Rome, which contrasts marvelously with the coloquial dialogue of the characters. Harington uses his grand tone to poke fun at the generally less educated society of the Ozarks, but the thing that m ...more
Andy
Aug 10, 2013 Andy rated it really liked it
So much fun to read Donald Harington books set deep in the heart of Newton county Arkansas.

I discovered the author Donald Harington from an article in the Believer magazine around the time I started visiting Arkansas for climbing trips. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the Stay More cycle of books is set in the same county that I was spending so much time rock climbing in.

Now I have two connections with Newton County, Donald Harington's books and rock climbing.

This year I began rere
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Ron
Jan 26, 2014 Ron rated it really liked it
In this story author Donald Harrington takes the reader back 140 years to the two founding brothers of Stay More, Arkansas. From there Harrington tells the history of Stay More including all of the original families, their offspring and their impacts on the local culture and "architecture". Although fictional and mostly humorous, the story nonetheless paints a vivid image of what the true life style of the Ozark inhabitants was like over the generations. A good history lesson and as well as a lo ...more
Jeri
Feb 12, 2011 Jeri rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jeri by: Gail Banker
Shelves: f-historical, kindle
This is one of the funniest and yet poignant books I think I've ever read. It takes place in the Arkansas Ozarks in a town called Stay More and follows at least five generations of the Ingledew family. The family and those that come and go in Stay More experience the beginning of "civilizing" America, the Civil War, all the way through WW II -- and the "PROG RESS" that comes in between. The characters are very real, some too close to persons in your own family tree, and their reactions to life i ...more
Ben Langleben
Aug 29, 2014 Ben Langleben rated it it was amazing
This seminal historical fiction illustrates what life was like for the pioneers of the early westward expansion in the USA. Is the Stay More series up there with Updike John's Rabbit series as an accessible and gripping means of understanding US cultural history?
Kimberly
Dec 08, 2015 Kimberly rated it it was amazing
I met Donald Harrington my first semester of college when he came to visit our Freshman comp class as we read this novel.

Not everyone can stomach his more bawdy themes, but I think he's one of the most amazing writers in the English language.

This is a great introduction to his writing and to his imaginary Newton County hamlet, Stay More, that is the foundation of all his novels.
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Donald Douglas Harington was an American author. All but the first of his novels either take place in or have an important connection to "Stay More," a fictional Ozark Mountains town based somewhat on Drakes Creek, Arkansas, where Harington spent summers as a child.

Harington was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas. He lost nearly all of his hearing at age 12 due to meningitis. This did not pr
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“Stay More' is synonymous with 'Status Quo' in fact, there are people who believe, or who like to believe, that the name of the town was intended as an entreaty, beseeching the past to remain present.” 4 likes
“The only grown-up other than Jacob who ever came into his schoolroom was Eli Willard.

School was in session one day when the Connecticut itinerant reappeared after long absence, bringing Jacob's glass and other merchandise. Jacob seized him and presented him to the class. 'Boys and girls, this specimen here is a Peddler. You don't see them very often. They migrate, like the geese flying over. This one comes maybe once a year, like Christmas. But he ain't dependable, like Christmas. He's dependable like rainfall. A Peddler is a feller who has got things you ain't got, and he'll give 'em to ye, and then after you're glad you got 'em he'll tell ye how much cash money you owe him fer 'em. If you ain't got cash money, he'll give credit, and collect the next time he comes 'round, and meantime you work hard to git the money someway so's ye kin pay him off. Look at his eyes. Notice how they are kinder shiftly-like. Now, class, the first question is: why is this feller's eyes shiftly-like?”
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