I wanted to persevere, as I thought the book would eventually capture me. Honesty, I couldn't remain awake long enough.
So Many Books, So Little Time
There's just nobody like Garrison Keillor! This book has everything we love about Lake Wobegon--a feisty old lady with a secret life who wants her ashes to be buried in a bowling ball; a goofy bride who made a fortune in aromatherapy for pets; a disgruntled daughter with a drinking problem; warring siblings and visiting Danish clergy. What could possibly go wrong? Plenty! When the ridiculously lavish wedding is called off, but not all the participants are informed, and it collides with the internment of the old lady in the bowling ball, everything runs amok. The collision of a naked hang glider, an Elvis impersonator, a couple of giant mechanical ducks, and the horrified citizens of Lake Wobegon is as hilarious as only Garrison Keillor can make it. I listened to the Audible version which Keillor narrated in his unmistakable style and embellished with piano interludes.
Different style of book for me.
No, I think it was difficult to relate to.
Slow and indifferent
It took several chapters to get involved in the story. I did find I wanted to hear how the story ended but I wouldn't say it was so good I couldn't put it down. the narrator definitely took their time telling the story.
For those who know the town, the additional characters fit right in. With outrageous back stories and equally extravagant experiences, told by one of the best storytellers, the book is well worth listening to. I highly recommend it.
Pontoon is definitely not a typical Lake Wobegon story. Sure, Lake Wobegon is most of the setting but the theme isn't really whimsical. This is an adult Keillor novel, some of the narration delves into things you may not want the kids to hear. While not as rich in Midwestern humor the story is well done. The publisher apparently didn't read the book as the publisher's spiel about the book was off-base. The story is mostly about Evelyn Peterson's life and the surrounding events with her family and intermixed with other current and former Lake Wobegon residents.
I enjoyed this story. I enjoyed the relaxed narration. Very funny at one point. However, His. narration, story, and humour is similar to, but not nearly as good as Stewart Maclean. I enjoyed it because it was reminiscent of Stewart Maclean and the Vinyl Cafe.
Humorous yet poignantly describes all of our us! Life, Love, Loss, Family, Crazy, Sane
Alphabet soup in the wo serous town of Lake Wobegon.
Garrison Keeler delivers his work magnificently.