Jacob and Noah Ingledew trudge 600 miles from their native Tennessee to found Stay More, a small town nestled in a narrow valley that winds among the Arkansas Ozarks and into the reader’s imagination. The Ingledew saga – which follows six generations of ‘Stay Morons’ through 140 years of abundant living and prodigal loving – is the heart of Harington’s jubilant, picaresque novel. Praised as one of the year’s ten best novels by the American Library Association when first published, this tale continues to captivate readers with its winning fusion of lyricism and comedy.
Conclusion: Not Buying
At first glance, I thought, “wtf?” My enjoyment of architecture, at least at this stage in my life, is limited to “ooh- look at the pretty house.” And then I fantasize about living in that home. At no stage of my life have I ever been interested in Arkansas, though, or fantasized about living there. So I figured, no way.
Then I did my due diligence: the book is a comedic/satirical novel.
Unfortunately it doesn’t really sound that funny. Let’s face it; “Stay Morons” isn’t that funny a joke, and you can split the customer reviews based on how enamored the reviewer seems with it. One reviewer actually compares the author to Isabel Allende and Gabriel Garcia Marquez (from whom the author apparently got the idea, thanks to Marquez’s 100 Years of Solitude).
However I also read that the book came out in the 70s and I feel like if it was that good, it would have more than 19 reviews, and maybe someone I knew would have actually recommended it. (And hey, if you can, let me know!) I’d take a chance if it sounded more up my alley in general, but as is, I don’t think so.
(Interesting side note: most comedy books seem to be nonfiction these days, don’t they? Mostly essay/column/Tweet collections. Hm.)