- Paperback: 402 pages
- Publisher: Harvest Books; Reprint edition (Oct. 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 015617099X
- ISBN-13: 978-0156170994
- Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.6 x 2.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,655,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Choiring of the Trees Paperback – 1 Oct 1992
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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). --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
In January, I read bestselling COLD MOUNTAIN by Charles Frazier, and I admired it greatly. CHOIRING OF THE TREE! S, also an odyssey, is in my estimation even better.
The narrative is very descriptive, although at first I kept having to remind myself which character was which! What got me into the book though was the repeated descriptions of the sounds that the trees made, and the beautiful nature.
Worth a read if you are determined to stick to the story in hand!
Some of the story is told in the sort of Ozark Mountain dialect which would have been used back then by those with little formal education. To the British ear it takes but a little getting used to and brings the characters very much to life. I loved the characters involved; some were simple country people, some college educated and some thought they were cleverer than they really were. All came together to weave a memorable tapestry of a story. It was harsh, cruel but it was also very beautiful. It's a story I wouldn't have missed for the world. Excellent!
Thoroughly enjoyable. I had never heard of the writer before but I shall certainly be looking out for more by him.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Riveting, and so passionately written. A window into the things that were acceptable a world away from today.Published 19 months ago by calamity Jane
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It flows and makes easy reading and is a very different story. Definitely recommend this.Published 20 months ago by PS
A very good story well written in a style reminiscent of 'To Kill a Mocking Bird'. I was disappointed with the ending as it suggested impatience on the part of the author and... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Ronald Walker
An extraordinary book. A gripping story beautifully written. The colour of the Southern States shines through in the writing. Where has this author been hiding?Published 22 months ago by Angela McNiven
Bought this book having read previous reviews which intrigued me. I now intend to read more of Donald harington novels. New author that I really enjoy.Published on 22 Jan. 2015 by glo
Oh dear, sorry I couldn't be bothered with this book - far too dreary.Published on 7 Nov. 2014 by June Howley
one of the best it is a must read waiting for the next from the autherPublished on 5 Nov. 2014 by mrs eileen jay