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When Angels Rest (Stay More series) [Kindle Edition]

Donald Harington
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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, and competing in scrap drives and verbal jousts. But the tenor of these games changes as developments bring the world's war closer to home: the crackle of the town's first radio delivers frightening news from the outside world to the isolated village, and a native son dies on Iwo Jima.


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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: 691 KB
  • Print Length: 280 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612181120
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (4 Aug. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005AZV8O2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,155 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format:Hardcover
Dawny, an inquisitive, sensitive boy, is the narrator of this enchanting novel set in the small town of Stay More in the Ozarks of Arkansas during World War II. A journalist himself, Dawny dreams of becoming the next Ernie Pyle, and it is his unique voice, that of observer and writer, which hold the reader spellbound from begining to end of this sweetly comic yet also darkly frightening tale. The children of Stay More, dividing themselves into two rival groups, the Allies and the Axis, become in Donald Harington's skilled hands a microcosm of what's going on in the war overseas. While the world loses its innocence to the cruelties of war, Stay More's children also begin to lose their innocence. The golden glow of childhood disappears beneath the dark shadow of approaching adulthood. Powerful in its impact, When Angels Rest is a remarkable, ambitious novel. A fanciful and imaginative writer, Harington draws his characters with love, ultimately showing us--his "Gentle Readers"--how we need to love the world if we truly want to save it. P.S. I am so glad that I, once again, ignored Kirkus and gave this fine novel a chance.
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Format:Hardcover
If you haven't tried Donald Harington's perceptive, word-musical, and searching fiction before, this new novel is an excellent place to start. You'll want to sample some of his other nine books when you're finished. He turns a small corner of Arkansas into a meeting point for universal themes and well-shaped characters.
Harington has used the "witness," as a commentator on the actions of others in his novels, to great effect elsewhere. In his "Some Other Place," a literate ghost narrates the actions of an inquiring pair of lovers -- even turning some of his observations into poetry. In what may be his strongest narrative, "The Choiring of the Trees," a story of a brutal miscarriage of justice is told in part through the sensibilities of a brilliant landscape artist.
This new novel becomes utterly captivating by fully carrying out Harington's "single ambition that motivates my work," which is "to make the reader part of the story." (Quoted in a newspaper story that I wrote about Harington. For the Web address, feel free to e-mail me.)
Here, the witness is neither a lively spirit nor an interpreting artist, but a young boy -- close in age and circumstance to Harington himself, but not quite. He becomes a voyeur, in the strictest sense of "one who sees." It's not strictly out of matters of sexuality, although Harington includes a sensitive coming-of-age plot for his 11-year-old protagonist.
Instead, young Donny is plunged into a whirlwind of changes that come with his small Arkansas town, Stay More (the venue for all of Harington's novels), being finally touched early in 1945 by the long arm of World War II.
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An inquisitive, sensitive boy, called Dawny, is the narrator of this enchanting novel set in the small town of Stay More in the Ozarks of Arkansas during World War II. A journalist himself, Dawny dreams of becoming the next Ernie Pyle, and it is his unique voice, that of observer and writer, which holds the reader spellbound from beginning to end of this sweetly comic yet also darkly frightening tale. The children of Stay More, dividing themselves into two rival groups, the Allies and the Axis, become in Don Harington's skilled hands, a microcosm of what's going on in the war overseas. While the world loses its innocence to the cruelties of war, Stay More's children also begin to lose their innocence. The golden glow of childhood disappears beneath the dark shadow of approaching adulthood. Powerful in its impact, "When Angels Rest" is a remarkable, ambitious novel. A fanciful and imaginative writer, Harington draws his character with love, ultimately showing us -- his "Gentle Readers"-- how we need to love the world if we truly want to save it. P.S. I am so glad that I once again ignored the typical Kirkus "comments" and took a chance on this wonderful novel!
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By Tommie
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A very unusual story found it difficukt to get into at first but I ploughed on and I really enjoyed it
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 25 Aug. 2014
By Kevin S
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Slow to start but better as it goes on, a sad ending
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