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When Angels Rest

(Stay More #8)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  119 ratings  ·  15 reviews
During World War II, real news is a rare commodity in the hamlet of Stay More, Arkansas. But twelve-year-old Dawny - inspired by his hero Ernie Pyle - finds enough local color to keep the townsfolk reading his weekly newspaper, The Stay Morning Star. Dawny reports on the war between the Allies and the Axis, two roving bands of boys and girls fighting with sticks and spears ...more
Paperback, 268 pages
Published August 1st 2005 by Toby Press (first published 1998)
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Dec 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is the first Stay More novel I've read, and really, it blew me away.... a while back my friend Daren mentioned Harington and how it was criminal he was so little known, and after reading this, I couldn't agree more.

So let me say this loudly from my internet rooftop: Harington is a great writer, on a sentence level and as a plotter. The story is really intriguing, builds toward satisfying elements, and is just brought off with a level of polish on the level of the sentence that reminds you o
Nov 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: recommended

Start with Harington's "Architecture of the Arkansas Ozarks," which is THE epic, broad-brush, 7-generation-deep story of his wonderfully created village of Stay More, Arkansas (in the wild heart of Newton County in the Ozarks), and then move on to the other novels (he wrote 13 of 'em!), which handle the 2-3 year details of specific events in that history. "Angels" details the loves and losses associated with WWII, and pays homage to one of my favorite Hoosiers. No, not Kurt Vonnegut (though he
Aug 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book is just lovely in every way. It made me laugh and cry out loud - all on public transportation. I would have been embarrassed if the book was less good. It was described to me as a cross between William Faulkner and Tom Robbins; I think the former more than the later, but just wonderful. Harington has created a world that takes you through many generations in this Arkansas town of Stay More - and this covers the so called Greatest Generation. Thoughtful, moving, and exceptionally well w ...more
May 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I should've recorded a while back when I remembered this more clearly, but there was a scene where a bridge was assessed for load-carrying capacity. Awesome.
Dec 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Such a beautiful book. Thanks Mr. Harington for continuing to delight.
Bud Mallar
Nov 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you haven't read Mr Harington, start with book one.

The impact on and the view of WW II on the residents of Stay More, and lots more....
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful and heartbreaking coming of age story. It's also one of the greatest books I've ever read.
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arkansas, fiction
More straightforward than some of the other Stay More novels. Less meta and more semi-autobiographical.

My favorite Stay More so far, which is saying a lot.
Talya Boerner
Sep 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
I always enjoy spending time in Stay More with Harington’s colorful characters. Another entertaining story, this one set during WWII. Bittersweet ending.
Aug 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
את הספר הראשון של דונלד הרינגטון, "הארכיטקטורה בחבל האוזרק בארקנסו", אהבתי. ספר משעשע, שזור בהומור שחור לעילא אבל בשל העובדה שמדובר בספר פנורמי שמניח את התשתית לסידרת הספרים שיכתבו על העיירה האמריקאית שכחות האל, סטיימור, היה בו משהו לא אישי.

כמובן שאני יכולה לכתוב את הפיסקה הקודמת בדיעבד אחרי שקראתי את "כשהמלאכים נחים", ואם את הארכיטקטורה אהבתי, "כשהמלאכים נחים" הקסים אותי, שבה את ליבי והפך אותי למעריצה נלהבת של הרינגטון. כמה חבל שהוצאת טובי נסגרה, שהמתרגם שעשה עבודת קודש בספרים האלה, אסף גברון,
Aug 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
My favorite of the four Stay More books that I've read. Harington is a wonderful storyteller with a conversational style. The narrator of this novel is a 12-year old boy who models himself after the great World War II journalist Ernie Pyle. Dawny (Donny) prints his own little newspaper to keep the townsfolk informed about the goings on in the larger world and the intrigues between rival gangs of kids in this dying town. Stay More is in Arkansas and as of WWII doesn't have any electricity or runn ...more
Jim Krotzman
May 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is the best of the three I have read so far. It starts with the protagonist Donnie as an eleven year old. The section about the two gangs of kids years 11-18 fighting as the Allies and the Axis is tedious. The plot improves when the Army comes to Stay More to have military maneuvers. This novel is not predictable as the others are not. The one problem I'm noticing is that it would be better to read them in order. The last novel is a later one, and this one is an earlier one. I enjoy so ...more
Dec 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Not the best of Harington's... seems like he's running out of ideas and kind of making it up as he goes along - which is not all bad... but it's a bit lame in terms of relating to characters and events... not his best by any means
Apr 22, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
For the most part, I thought this book was an okay hillbilly novel that just wasn't my thing. In the last 30 pages, I got pissed!
Jun 02, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, arkansas
Sweet, short, and sad. Highly enjoyable.
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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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