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Enduring (Stay More series) Kindle Edition
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Like all of Harington's books, there is no need to read them in any kind of order or sequence as Mr. Harington writes as a storyteller first, and he does it so artfully that every novel exists as its own creation--I myself have read his novels in different orders and have been rewarded in my own experience. There is no earthly way a reader will get lost in this book, other than in its enchantment and delicious plot. In fact this book itself may be a good place to start if it's your first Harington novel. If you read it you'll see why.
Latha Bourne is one of the most beautiful heroines in all of literature, and she is also one of the most independent and enduring. I loved learning about her family, her troubles, her "exile" and sojourn, and triumphant return to Stay More. Along the way, we meet and admire, perhaps fall in love with, a large cast of major and minor players (Every Dill, Doc Swain, the Duckworths, the Whitters, Dawny, Dan, Sharon, Larry, the Ingledews and Chisms and a few other surprises), all of whom--almost by magic--leave an indelible mark on the mind of the reader, the only place where in fact they exist. The settings vary from Stay More, Jasper, Little Rock, and Tennessee. I can't give away much more because I risk spoiling so many beautiful surprises that are best encountered in your reading.
The book is told as a wonderful story, as if around a campfire or an old fashioned gathering, and I couldn't help myself but want to visit this place sometime, to see if I could sit with Latha on her front porch, or near the dogtrot, and have a glass of lemonade and learn about the history of her mythical, inviting, beckoning hamlet.
Mr. Harington is well-known for his playful wordplay and musical language, and his impeccable comedic timing--all of which are present here. But he is not usually given his due as the master of suspense and plot he is... ENDURING is a testament to those talents. I turned the final page with a great deal of satisfaction and also without a clue where the hours went, the hours I spent happily traveling through Latha Bourne's remarkable life.
Read Enduring, or With, or The Architecture of the Arkansas Ozarks, or The Cockroaches of Stay More, or any one of his novels really (I wouldn't recommend Let Us Build Us a City, which is non-fiction, unless you've already read a novel or two of his).
Over the years, I've recommended Harington to probably 6-8 people, and without exception, they say he is one of the best they've ever read. And every one of them has read more. In a moment of, oh, I don't know, perhaps nostalgia, I even sent a copy of With to my ex-wife. She said it was the best novel she'd ever read.
Give him a try - you're in for a treat.
Have any of you recommended Harington to anyone and not gotten fulsome thanks for the favor you have done him/her? Let's help grow that following exponentially. Talk it up.
Stay More, friends.
The additional cast of characters becomes known to the reader, and I understand they've been part of Harington's fictional world for 40 years. I especially like Every Dill, a hero if ever there was one.
A note of caution: I think while we talk about this book being a classic, which probably will enhance its readership, one should know that a LOT of sex appears in this book. I know some adults prefer not to read lit that features sexual situations, and some parents like to be aware of content in books read by their children/teens. This book contains quite a lot of discussion about sex as well as many situations of sex. The story's entertaining and compelling, and I appreciate being introduced to an author I'm sorry to say I never knew existed who *definitely can write*, but one should be aware of the frequent reference to sex in this novel.