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

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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
Paperback, 425 pages
Published April 15th 2004 by Toby Press (first published January 1st 1975)
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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 to build it into a rolling boil!!!

yes. donald harington. yes.

do i frequently get enthusiastic here on 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...more
Jul 03, 2011 Joel rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE! YOU!
Recommended to Joel 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...more
The Architecture of the Arkansas Ozarks: Donald Harington's History of Stay More, Arkansas


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 s...more
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...more
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
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...more
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
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
Aug 15, 2014 smetchie rated it 4 of 5 stars
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.
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...more
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...more
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
Mara Leveritt
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
I am new to the Stay More series, even though I have been aware of them for some time. Now that I'm retired, I intend to read them in order. I was born in Madison County, Arkansas into families on both sides that have deep roots in the Ozarks. When I was young my family moved to Texas and later Missouri, we came back frequently to visit relatives in both Madison and Carroll Counties. My Grandparents lived on a farm that was very much like the descriptions of some of the homes detailed in the boo...more
Richda Mcnutt
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.
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...more
Daniel Hanna
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.
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
Batch Batchelder
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...more
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
Jan 12, 2008 MaryAnn rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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...more
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
Feb 12, 2011 Jeri rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
Dec 31, 2012 Steve rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
This is the place to start on the Harington novels. Because when you finish this one you will have to read "The Choiring of the Trees", " The Lightning Bug", and Ekatrina. These books deserve more widespread attention than they have received. Or maybe you have to love the mountains, mountain people, the rural life and ECCENTRICS! Although I loaned this to a friend that couldn't get into it I still consider them classics. TAOTAO, check it out! Get to love the Stay Moronians. Gotta love Fanshaw th...more
Jul 22, 2012 Pamela rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
Quirky, whimsical, tongue-in-cheek family saga about the settling of the Ozarks. The author does indeed cover the architecture of the buildings as they evolve, but also the architecture of family and towns.

This excerpt sums up the feel of the book for me: "When creeks and snakes and tree limbs and men are young enough, they go in pretty much of a straight line. When they get older, they meander. A rushing brook becomes a river and meanders. A boy becomes a man and meanders. A story becomes a bo...more
This is a novel, not a guidebook. It's a trip to another time in another place, both imaginary, though the title is at least partially informative in a vague sort of way. As fanciful as it is, his small localized world is tangible and nuanced; the words convey the landscape, the buildings, the people, all the senses. Thoroughly absorbing and full of small stories threading through the mythic history of Harington's mythic place, this book is an obscure wonder and by far his best work; a synopsis...more
Julie Davis
Another of the book-a-licious birthday gifts. This one was a complete surprise as I have never heard of it or the author. That's not good or bad, just a surprise ... am going to be interested to hear my mother tell me why she likes it since she's never mentioned it before.

Although the book is quirky and likable as I read it, every time I put it down I don't care if I pick it up again. And when I do pick it up, I can't remember what happened until I begin reading again. Not the sign of a boo...more
Diane Barnes
I know it's been said before, but Donald Harington deserves to be better known. I first read "Lightning Bug" last year with On the Southern Literary Trail. Loved that book, and decided to read this one since it gives an overview and history of the village of Stay More and it's residents. This one is a protracted tall tale/myth that is a delight to the senses. His characters are one of a kind individualists, and the women are strong and smart and loving. We follow 7 generations of Ingledews and t...more
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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...more
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“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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