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Farther Along

Farther Along 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 l

  • Title: Farther Along
  • Author: Donald Harington
  • ISBN: 9781592642175
  • Page: 135
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 Bluffdwellers, he takes up residence in the wilderness of the Ozark mountians, with only a dog for company and only aHe 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 Bluffdwellers, he takes up residence in the wilderness of the Ozark mountians, with only a dog for company and only an atlatl a primative 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 aquaintance 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.

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    1. I'm so emotional about this that I just can't even form complete paragraphs. You see, Mr. Harington passed away a couple of years ago. At that time I had been simply procrastinating about reading his last two books. Then I didn't read them out of some denial that he was really gone. After some stress in my life and needing to escape, I picked this one up (one left).The second I started reading, my heart broke again. Like reading a letter from a lost friend, Harington's rhythm jumped off the page [...]

    2. After the first section, I was thrilled and ready to dole out 5 stars. I was disappointed in the direction the story took from there so in the end I would give it 3 and a half stars.The Bluff-dweller resonated with me (view spoiler)[and IMO he didn't need saving.(hide spoiler)]Another minor gripe was unlike the other Stay More books, I thought the post-modern elements in Farther Along detracted from the story.Sub-par Donald Harington is still pretty darn good though and well worth reading.Bummed [...]

    3. You don't know Donald Harington? This book is good but may not be the best place to start. I recommend With or The Choiring of the Trees. Harington has written approximately 14 books about the people in a fictitious town in the Kentucky Arkansas Ozarks called Staymore. He fills his stories with wonderful place descriptions and characters. What characters!Thanks to the comment from Mary who corrected my blunder. I have corrected my mistake to give the proper state name. This was an error on par w [...]

    4. I found this book via a review in the LA Times by James Sallis. I had never heard of the author but Sallis' description -- "Harrington's books are of a piece - the quirkiest, most original body of work in contemporary US letters" piqued my interest. Am glad it did. Read it in a sitting --let the rest of the world go by without you and give yourself completely to an imaginative, thoughtful, totally entertaining story. Will add more Harrington books to my shelves.

    5. What happened? I confess that I did not "get" this book at all. And I love Donald Harington; love him. I have never finished one of his books without wanting there to be a sequel or, somehow, MORE. This one, however, fell far short of that. It didn't make any sense. It's as if Harington took the parts of his writing that makes him quirky and funny and then fed those parts steroids. I could barely finish the book.

    6. My first thought on finishing Donald Harington's latest was "I need to read this again". Even when his books don't reach the heights of Some Other Place or The Choiring of Trees, they still suck me in to the lives of Stay More. An enjoyable, if weird, read.

    7. Not as good as his old work. My friend, Elizabeth, says it is because he's gotten to be so big he can ignore his editor. It reads like a first draft with too much ego and references back to old works. It does have the usual beautiful scenery.

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