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Liberty | [Garrison Keillor]

Liberty

Lake Wobegon is in a frenzy of preparations for the Fourth of July. The town is dizzy with anticipation - until they hear of Clint's ambition to run for Congress. They know about his episodes with vodka sours, his rocky marriage, and his friendship with the 24-year-old who dresses up as the Statue of Liberty for the parade and may be buck naked beneath her robes. In Keillor's words, "It is Lake Wobegon as you imagined it - good loving people who drive each other crazy."
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Publisher's Summary

Garrison Keillor returns to the little town we love and continues to chronicle the lives of our favorite folks.

Lake Wobegon is in a frenzy of preparations for the Fourth of July. This being Wobegon, lives collide and relationships develop in the oddest ways. Take Clint Bunson, the treasurer of the Lutheran church and the auto mechanic who starts cars on below-zero mornings. For six years, he has run the Fourth of July parade, turning what was once a line of pickup trucks into an event of dazzling spectacle.

The town is dizzy with anticipation - until they hear of Clint's ambition to run for Congress. They know about his episodes with vodka sours, his rocky marriage, and his friendship with the 24-year-old who dresses up as the Statue of Liberty for the parade and may be buck naked beneath her robes.

In Keillor's words, "It is Lake Wobegon as you imagined it - good loving people who drive each other crazy."

©2008 Garrison Keillor; (P)2008 HighBridge Company

What the Critics Say

"Keillor's Lake Wobegon books have become a set of synoptic gospels, full of wistfulness and futility yet somehow spangled with hope." (New York Times Book Review)

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    Lily 10-12-14
    Lily 10-12-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Funny + intelligent = Keillor"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Liberty to be better than the print version?

    I don't read printed books and I wish this question would go away..


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Clint Bunsen, of course. He is the perfect person on which to build this story. He is put upon by most of the town, but suffers in silence and always gets at least a bit of revenge. I especially liked the reactionis of the usual participants in the parade when Clint outsted them. Mr. Berge and the bachelor farmers are priceless.


    Which character – as performed by Garrison Keillor – was your favorite?

    See above answer.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Of course. All Keillor books keep you engrossed. I not only read it in one sitting, I read it twice. And I laughed just as hard the second time.


    Any additional comments?

    "Liberty" is the story of the 4th of July parade in Lake Wobegon. Clint Bunsen has had the job of putting the parade (and the living flag) together for many years, but this year may be his last. His ideas for updating the parade are not welcomed, but without his help, the committee finds itself in trouble quickly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robyn 09-21-14
    Robyn 09-21-14

    Avid reader of history, biography, and true crime.

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    "Loved it all!"

    Unlike some other readers, I couldn't fault this book. It had well-drawn true-to-life characters, biting observations, funny and sad episodes, life crises, home-spun philosophy, strong narrative thread to connect the characters, and the added bonus of GK singing - the songs fit perfectly into the story and are interesting in themselves and really add to the presentation by bringing in another medium of communication. I loved it all - thank you GK.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Darryl Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 07-13-14
    Darryl Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 07-13-14 Member Since 2008
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    "funny Lake Wobegon story"

    in all honesty i am not a Keillor "fan" as his drawling voice gets on my nerves and so I never got into the show.

    however, I tried this on a friends recommendation who is a fan of the book and GK in general and my trepidation over his voice didn't come into play. I thought he read this very well and the story itself was very funny at times. as I said, i do not listen to the show, so there may be characters and such that will be familiar to fans, i do not know, but it didn't matter to the story for me.

    I enjoyed the odd small town characters and situations, though I think he missed a couple of opportunities for some real wacky incidents in the parade that would have been totally in keeping with the story. but i had fun with it, it did what it was supposed to and i may try another of the Wobegon stories.

    GK does have a great funny short baseball story in the funny shorts collection that he also narrates, so maybe he's better, at least for me, in this format as opposed to the slow paced radio show. though i think his readings of poetry with billy collins is hit and miss.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Scarlett 06-23-14
    Scarlett 06-23-14
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    "I love Garrison Keillor, but..."
    If you could sum up Liberty in three words, what would they be?

    Funny. Uncomfortable. Odd.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I love Garrison Keillor, but for me it was a bit disturbing having this book read by him. Yes, I know he wrote it, but hearing him utter phrases like "do it, do it, Jesus just do it" was a bit more than I needed to hear. I'm not a prude I swear, but it was like my grandfather was describing his affair to me. I just did not want to hear it. Usually I listen to books while I do things around the house; cooking, cleaning and taking a shower. I did NOT take this book to the shower with me. I just couldn't do it.


    Any additional comments?

    This is really a good book, but I would have preferred to read it.

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    Julia Grant 04-29-14
    Julia Grant 04-29-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Details of day to day life spot on"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Liberty to be better than the print version?

    Yes because Keillor reads his work so very well.


    What other book might you compare Liberty to and why?

    I'll pick an unusual one, Ladies of the Club, for its similar attention to the fine details of human existence and interaction. However, unlike Ladies (which I love), Keillor goes after all the humor embedded in humanity. This was a laugh out loud listen.


    Which character – as performed by Garrison Keillor – was your favorite?

    Hard to pick, but maybe Art, an irascible, insane actually, old codger.


    Who was the most memorable character of Liberty and why?

    Again, Art, or maybe Irene, the wife of the main character, who doesn't have a lot of speaking lines but whose essence is pivotal to the whole story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn Walker Texas in the winter, NY in the summer 12-18-13
    Kathryn Walker Texas in the winter, NY in the summer 12-18-13 Member Since 2011

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    If you could sum up Liberty in three words, what would they be?

    I think of Garrison Keillor as the affable host on Prairie Home Companion. This story has some elements I found surprising, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I could listen to GK daily!


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    Lori Lawton, OK, United States 11-11-12
    Lori Lawton, OK, United States 11-11-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Terrible."
    Would you try another book from Garrison Keillor and/or Garrison Keillor?

    I love tales from lake woebegone, but this was terrible. I finished it because I had paid for it, but it was not the small town America that I was hoping to read about. It was about infidelity and destruction of the family. Terrible.


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    Donna West Chicago, IL, United States 02-19-10
    Donna West Chicago, IL, United States 02-19-10 Member Since 2015
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    "slow"

    I had a hard time sticking with this book. It was all just a bunch of meaningless tidbits that didn't culminate into much. I didn't care about the characters or the story.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful

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