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Pontoon: A Novel of Lake Wobegon | [Garrison Keillor]

Pontoon: A Novel of Lake Wobegon

Garrison Keillor's latest book is about the wedding of a girl named Dede Ingebretson, who comes home from California with a guy named Brent. Dede has made a fortune in veterinary aromatherapy; Brent bears a strong resemblance to a man wanted for extortion who's pictured on a poster in the town's post office. Then there's the memorial service for Dede's aunt Evelyn, who led a footloose and adventurous life after the death of her husband 17 years previously.
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Publisher's Summary

Garrison Keillor's latest book is about the wedding of a girl named Dede Ingebretson, who comes home from California with a guy named Brent. Dede has made a fortune in veterinary aromatherapy; Brent bears a strong resemblance to a man wanted for extortion who's pictured on a poster in the town's post office. Then there's the memorial service for Dede's aunt Evelyn, who led a footloose and adventurous life after the death of her husband 17 years previously. Add a surprise boyfriend and a band of newly arrived Mormon missionaries, and the gently rendered chaos is complete.

©2007 Garrison Keillor; (P)2007 HighBridge Company

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Winner, Narration by the Author or Authors, 2008

"There's plenty of fun to be had with the well-timed deadpans and homespun wit." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Jon D. Kitner Ft. Lauderdale 10-21-12
    Jon D. Kitner Ft. Lauderdale 10-21-12 Member Since 2012

    Who is accomplished enough to claim a critic's eye? Who is as masterful as those who have written for the rest of us to read? When I was a young man, I believed I knew what was better than something else. Now, I am in awe of everything. Now I realize that the older I get, the less I know.

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    "Lake Wobegon Revisited"

    This book is for all of us over 50 types, who have treasured Mr. Keillor's anecdotal stories on a Prairie Home Companion, about the fictional town of Lake Wobegon. But, this is the adult version of those broadcast stories. Here he deals with death, family alienation, sexual dysfunction and a host of private, personal insights into the lives of his characters. His descriptions of his characters made this reader laugh out loud in the early chapters. But, as the chapters rolled by, punctuated with nostalgic piano interludes, Mr. Keillor's slow, breathy narration starts to wear. There is no great architecture of fiction here. This is not a miracle or morality tale. Rather, it is a sweet and somber collection of provincial characters who are shown to endure life's inanities and ironies. And there is no one who knows these Midwesterners better than Mr. Keillor. It is funny and sad to listen to this, with him doing his own narration as he has on the radio for so many years. I'm glad I spent the time with him. He is like having a friend who is melancholy and removed, giving him a clear view of the big picture in a little town. Thank you, Mr. Keillor and thank God I am not a Lutheran.

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    Michael Rochester, MN, United States 06-28-12
    Michael Rochester, MN, United States 06-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A fun listen!"

    Listening to Garrison Keillor is always a treat. The story is a bit goofy--essentially an elongated version of "The news from Lake Wobegon." However, his story telling never gets old!

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    Charles Maysville, KY, United States 05-03-12
    Charles Maysville, KY, United States 05-03-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Typical Garrison Keillor"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if the friend likes Garrison Keillor


    Would you be willing to try another book from Garrison Keillor? Why or why not?

    Yes, he is a good narrator of his stories.


    What about Garrison Keillor’s performance did you like?

    The almost comedic timing and interpretation given to the text.


    Who was the most memorable character of Pontoon and why?

    Barbara, she learns about herself, her family, and her community.


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    Annabelle Coomba Bay, Australia 04-10-12
    Annabelle Coomba Bay, Australia 04-10-12 Member Since 2010

    I'm a retired woman living in a coastal rural area on the mid-north coast of NSW. There's a lot of work to do around the property and listening to a good book while doing it is just 'the best'.

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    "A delight to listen to"

    Garrison Keillor's narration style is initially disconcerting, but soon become so much part of the whole experience that it's hard to imagine the story being narrated by anyone else. Pontoon is full of wonderfully fanciful characters becoming involved in increasingly bizarre situations. Yet there is so much truth in the characters and the vignettes Keillor relates that he must go about every day with a pen and notebook, recording his observations of real people. A lovely, warm, gentle listen that I will revisit in the future.

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    Alutiiq reviewer 04-09-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Any Keillor Fan Will Love This Story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Anyone who enjoys the stories on Prairie Home companion will chuckle their way through this off beat adventure about death and hidden secrets in Lke Wobegon.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Pontoon?

    The finale of Pontoon is hard to listen to without bursting into tear inducing laughter. While the bizarre conclusion was appropriately hinted at thorughout the story, Garrison brings it home like the master he is.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    While each of the scenes has appropriate build-up of character it isn't until they all come together at the end that the story reaches the level of hillarity that Keillor is known for.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Death has never been so hilarious


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    Pat HEATH, TX, United States 04-09-12
    Pat HEATH, TX, United States 04-09-12 Member Since 2012
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    "So-So"
    What disappointed you about Pontoon?

    The story wasn't all that engaging


    Has Pontoon turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I have enjoyed most of Keillor's books more than this.


    What three words best describe Garrison Keillor’s performance?

    Mr. Keillor's performance is alway reliable. I enjoy listening to him.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Pontoon?

    I don't know, just more of an engaging story I suppose.


    Any additional comments?

    There were some fun moments in this book, but not enough. I enjoyed his other books more than this and felt a bit let down by this one.

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    Michael Panguitch, UT 04-08-12
    Michael Panguitch, UT 04-08-12

    Too long gone, two wrongs right, to a brighter day and Tupelo night . . .

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    "Well, That was Interesting . . ."

    I've enjoyed Garrison Keillor from way back in his days of Prairie Home Companion. His dry wit and ability to weave a wandering tale used to thrill me every Saturday night as I'd dial in PBS to catch his show.

    Oddly enough, I'd never bought one of his books. So, I anticipated this one would be a treat for me.

    The opening chapters were about what I'd expect from Garrison. He laid down a firm foundation upon which to weave. I began to eagerly anticipate where the story may go.

    By the middle of the book, I was thinking: Okay, maybe the passing years have left an over-romanticized memory of Keilllor's melancholy Lake Wobegon yarns.

    The ending of this book left me laughing out loud. It was so funny, I had to listen to the end a second time.

    In short, it's a great little story with a brief snooze in the middle. If you buy it, don't give up. The ending is worth the price (and the time).

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    William CROSSVILLE, TN, United States 04-05-12
    William CROSSVILLE, TN, United States 04-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I'm not sure if I would recommend this book. The story is a typical Lake Wobegon tale of Keillor. However, this one is less family-friendly and more


    Would you be willing to try another book from Garrison Keillor? Why or why not?

    Possibly. The only objection is mentioned above.


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

    Barbara.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Not sure.


    Any additional comments?

    No

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    John MIDDLETOWN, CT, United States 04-04-12
    John MIDDLETOWN, CT, United States 04-04-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Pontoon is Keillor at his best"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Pontoon to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read the print version


    What other book might you compare Pontoon to and why?

    Can't think of one. Keillor's style is pretty unique.


    Have you listened to any of Garrison Keillor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Who was the most memorable character of Pontoon and why?

    Barbara--a very complex character who ties the book together.


    Any additional comments?

    The ending was hilarious.

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    david GRAND PRAIRIE, TX, United States 04-03-12
    david GRAND PRAIRIE, TX, United States 04-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    "mr. keillor could be this generations mark twain"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    i would recommend this book. its a very good tale of life and death and how to live on your own terms.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Pontoon?

    full of funny and moving moments, i lol at the ladies talking at thier dinners,and was very moved by her lovers reaction to the indentions on her bed where she had lain.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the bowling balls travels.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    you could not make this into a film


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