He is the best at painting the human experience in full detail.
The life we all know.
SuseADoodle - "Audiobook Addict!" - Please disregard my "guided" reviews since it appears that a lot of what I wrote has been chopped off.
Funny. Sad. Great.
The characters of Evelyn and Barbara. Though I did not like Barbara's thoughts about her composer brother, she is an interesting character.
I am vaguely familiar with Garrison's Prairie Home Companion stories about Lake Wobegon and particularly remember one memorable
Though I enjoyed Evelyn, I think I would be embarrassed by her in public. Maybe Raoul ... I don't really know.
The subjects of sex and death are throughout the book. The subject of negative side of being a Lutheran also runs through the story. These three subjects might turn off a number of reader/listeners. Even so, while characters blame God for the
Performed by the author, this audio book is very much an extended version of the News from Lake Woebegon. A subtle mix of humor, sadness, and the absurd, it is wonderful listening.
I agree that the Publisher description has it all wrong, maybe they skimmed the book. I smiled through the whole thing, there are so many characters, it took me a couple of rewinds to sort them out. I laughed so hard I cried at the crazy ending! Then I started over from the beginning. The first line sets the tone. "Evelyn was a lifelong insomniac, so when they say she died in her sleep you have got to question that" This isn't the same sentimental Garrison Keillor on NPR these characters live much more worldly lives. The book is sweetly sad in the genre of lost innocence, and small town wildness. This would make a great movie, maybe like a Prayer for Own Meany was turned into the World According to Garp. I keep this one on my Audible player, and have listened to parts over and over and always seem to pick out a few more details that were lost on me on first reading. As an audio book this one will stay in my permanent collection.
If you are always a bit disappointed when the "News from Lake Woebegon" is over on the weekly Prarie Home Companion show, you will love Pontoon. It weaves together many lives from town along with their connections outside of Lake Woebegon.
And, as usual, I was sad to hear the story end. It could just go on and on.
This is another great book. I really feel for the characters. I can always visit and see the Chatter Box Cafe in my mind, and at time it does get a bit wordy, but all in all a true winner. If you love Garrison this is a must have.
I am a fan of most of Garrison Keillor works; but not "Pontoon". It is almost as if Mr. Keillor forgot how to write or what he was writing about. But don't let this this piece of literature subtract from his exemplary career as a writer. Also, if you enjoy this genre of comedic writings, then I would suggest researching any on of his peer especially Mathew James Borkowski and his collected works from “Ho-Hun Valley”.
I have always been a fan of Prairie Home Companion and looked forward to hearing his new Lake Woebegon Saga. But instead of funny touching stories I found rambling nonsense.