I have been listening to The Prairie Home Companion and Garrison Keillor's News from Lake Wobegon for years. I love the stories of the innocence and simplicity of that fictional town he speaks of. I've gotten to know and love the fictional residents of that fictional town as well.
All of those stories were very light hearted, gossip-like peeks, humorous if you will, into to the lives of these people. I learned of the "Pontoon" incident from those stories.
This book was the depressing side of all that pleasantness. It was dry and at times seemed to drag on, it was a walk through a funeral parlor when you'd rather be outside in the sunshine. The bright spot of the book was the occasional curse word to spice it up and the actual "Pontoon Incident" Chapter.
It wasn't bad, but has made me hesitant to buy another Lake Wobegon book.
Vintage Keillor; a must listen for anyone missing the Prairie Home Companion. Enjoy the threads as they al, some literally, land in Lake Wobegon...
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I have a friend who's very into Garrison Keillor, so maybe she'd like it. I'm accustomed to books read by professional narrators and didn't like his reading style at all. The story also left me cold.
Not a book. I've read some of his articles recently & shared links on social media.
He just sounded like a ham, pleased with himself, all-knowing. I had trouble getting into the characters & some of that may have been the narration. It took me 4 tries to get a good start on this book & then I kept on with it only because it was greatly successful at putting me to sleep at night so I kept listening to this last thing before turning out the light.
Well, I hated Jack. Kyle didn't add anything. I felt so sorry for the dog.
You had to have Debbie or your wouldn't have had the swans & the Elvis impersonator, but I sure didn't like her character.
I suppose Barbara was the character I liked best. Sure didn't like her brothers - Roger & Bennett...
I liked Raoul very much.
I guess I would have liked Evelyn if she hadn't died first. Why anybody would want a bowling ball as an urn & to drop it in a lake is beyond eccentric & beyond me.
Debbie became very rich with minimal effort & no talent. Aggravating.
Incredibly well developed characters. Nobody's perfect. Nobody's horribly bad. Very dry and droll which only serves to emphasize the zingers that Garrison Keillor will drop in occasionally. Well worth reading.
After attending Garrison Keillor's last hosting performance on Prairie Home Companion, I mourned my loss by listening to this novel. It's everything I needed to remember about the human condition from this Prairie philosopher. His baritone voice made me laugh and cry as he told the story of Barbara whose life is instantly changed when she discovers her mother dead at home in bed.
The publisher's description of the story is shockingly wrong and is a disservice to Keillor's art. Please fire whoever wrote the summary and encourage them to go out into the world and find their true passion, but read the book first so they don't have unrealistic expectations.
Keillor has the ability to express compassion for human beings while simultaneously revealing their inner demons. I'm happy to have his writings to turn to now that he will no longer be offering up the weekly news from Lake Wobegon, Minnesota, where all the men are good-looking, all the women are strong, and all the children are above average.
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.