The Architecture of the Arkansas Ozarks by Donald Harington
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
If you happen to be someone who says they no longer have the patience for reading books, this one will change your mind, for you might not be able to put it down.
An imaginative, hilarious yarn very loosely based on American history and the culture of the Ozarks’ more remote reaches, The Architecture of the Arkansas Ozarks is a thoroughly entertaining saga, allowing us to witness the stories of five generations of Ingledew men, and those who chose to make the town of Stay More their homestead along with them.
Loved this, and would recommend this book to nearly everyone I know (the only possible exceptions being those easily affronted by promiscuity and sexual innuendo). It’s obvious how much the author loved his characters, and wanted them to relish their lives, and thus, I loved them too, each quirk they displayed making them seem more human, and all the more endearing.
This is one of those books I wish every would-be fiction novelist would read before they publish any novel of their own. We need more fiction like this, which takes enough fanciful liberties to fire up our imaginations yet stays within the realm of the possible, as it pokes good-natured fun at us. The episode of the flood, and how it led to Noah Ingledew building his treehouse had me laughing out loud with delight: I hadn’t seen that coming when I advanced the Kindle page and saw the illustration.
Other surprises abound: This is a must-read for those who love a good story.
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