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Farther Along (Stay More series) [Kindle Edition]

Donald Harington

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He wants to get away from it all. Despite a satisfying career as chief curator of a museum devoted to the vanished American past, he finds he himself wants to vanish. So with the help of a book on the life and culture of a vanished tribe of Indians known as Bluff-dwellers, he takes up residence in the wilderness of the Ozark mountains, with only a dog for company and only an atlatl - a primitive spear thrower - to provide him with his supper. His few amusements are the playing of tunes on a hair-comb-and-tissue and writing what he intends to be an indictment of modern civilization in his journals. He makes the acquaintance of a young moonshiner who keeps him supplied abundantly with corn liquor. But after six years of this life he realizes that what he is trying to get away from is himself.

About the Author

Although he was born and raised in Little Rock, Donald Harington spent nearly all of his early summers in the Ozark mountain hamlet of Drakes Creek, his mother's hometown, where his grandparents operated the general store and post office. There, before he lost his hearing to meningitis at the age of twelve, he listened carefully to the vanishing Ozark folk language and the old tales told by story-tellers. His academic career is in art and art history and he has taught art history at a variety of colleges, including his alma mater, the University of Arkansas. His first novel was published by Random House in 1965, and since then he has published twelve other novels, most of them set in the Ozark hamlet of his own creation, Stay More, based loosely upon Drakes Creek. He has also written books about artists. He won the Robert Penn Warren Award in 2003, the Porter Prize in 1987, the Heasley Prize at Lyon College in 1998, was inducted into the Arkansas Writers' Hall of Fame in 1999 and that same year won the Arkansas Fiction Award of the Arkansas Library Association. He has been called "an undiscovered continent" (Fred Chappell) and "America's Greatest Unknown Novelist" (Entertainment Weekly).

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 544 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 161218104X
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (4 Aug 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #353,032 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Huh? 21 Jun 2008
By Armchair Interviews - Published on
I've been waiting for more than a year for Farther Along, holding my breath in anticipation each time a package from The Toby Press arrived. When it finally did, I readied myself for the creatures, characters, and complexities of the Arkansas Ozarks and Donald Harrington's fictional town of Stay More.

I read and read. Farther Along takes its name from an old gospel hymn that tells us we will learn about life farther along. In Part One, an unnamed narrator describes an unnamed man's (could it be Clifford Stone from The Cherry Pit?) abandonment of a stellar career as curator of an Americana museum. He is the best man in his profession but feels a need to leave life behind and live in the past. He heads for the Ozarks where he settles as a bluff dweller. Twice a year, he hikes into a nearby town that still has a few residents (and weird-a fully stocked store) to load up on toilet tissue.

Confused? Me too. But it's a Harington novel so I keep reading. He makes some friends in the hills: an old woman who was once the postmistress of the town; a moonshiner whose ten fingers are different characters and communicates for him; and Ralph, the dog. Then page 79 and Part Two. Whoa! The narrator changes and new characters are introduced. I think. I no longer get the musical metaphors, but Harington researched the heck out of this book and even referenced it in the narrative.

Okay, I kinda get it. I think. Then I reach page 171 and Part Three, where all I can determine is that the protagonist almost OD'd on moonshine and was recuperating in the town's old hotel when a female historian researching an ex-governor's mistress arrives and has a lot of sex with the bluff dweller. Huh?

When I reach the conclusion of Farther Along, I find I have no idea what this book is about. I've loved all his other novels, so I won't give up on Harington-he has 12 other GREAT novels. I also know that this book was delayed for a year due to an injury suffered in a car accident.

Armchair Interviews says: Read Harington, but don't start with this one.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better and Better, Farther Along 19 Jun 2010
By J. E. Hazell - Published on
I am responding in part to the three-star review, which, as I write this, is the only other review of the book.
I am a big Harington fan and was also somewhat disappointed when I first read this novel. But I read it a second time and now believe it is a beautiful statement about literature's healing power.
The other reviewer is right - a quirky approach to narration makes the story somewhat difficult to follow. But the payoff from working my way through was worth it (although if you are new to Harington, I suggest reading "With," "The Cockroaches of Stay More," or "Enduring" first).
This appears to me Harington's most personal novel. It is about how a hopelessly alcoholic recluse finds meaning and healing through story telling.
And there are at least a half dozen passages - about the differences between rock star groupies and museum curator groupies, about the differences between a recluse and a hermit, about the conflict between expectations and reality, about living with regrets over the past - that alone are worth the price of the book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Farther Along 26 Sep 2012
By jmood - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book was a very easy read, and you instantly are drawn in to the lives of the characters. It was a bit confusing when the point of view changes in the second and third part - but that also kept it interesting. I would probably only recommend this to some. 3 1/2 out of 5 stars.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my favorites! 6 Feb 2013
By V.C. - Published on
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
i would read anything this author writes. he's pitch perfect. though of course i've read the entire book, i keep this on my shelf as a book i continually open and just read a page randomly. it's the kind of writing that can transport you and make you revere the written word.
3.0 out of 5 stars Strange but in a comforting sort of way 3 Jan 2014
By Linda O. - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I enjoyed this book quite a bit although had to 're-read several times toward the end. Not sure if I will read any farther along or not :)
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