©2007 Garrison Keillor; (P)2007 HighBridge Company
"There's plenty of fun to be had with the well-timed deadpans and homespun wit." (Publishers Weekly)
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.
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.
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!
Yes, if the friend likes Garrison Keillor
Yes, he is a good narrator of his stories.
The almost comedic timing and interpretation given to the text.
Barbara, she learns about herself, her family, and her community.
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Death has never been so hilarious
The story wasn't all that engaging
No, I have enjoyed most of Keillor's books more than this.
Mr. Keillor's performance is alway reliable. I enjoy listening to him.
I don't know, just more of an engaging story I suppose.
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.
Too long gone, two wrongs right, to a brighter day and Tupelo night . . .
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).
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
Possibly. The only objection is mentioned above.
Haven't read the print version
Can't think of one. Keillor's style is pretty unique.
Barbara--a very complex character who ties the book together.
The ending was hilarious.
i would recommend this book. its a very good tale of life and death and how to live on your own terms.
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.
the bowling balls travels.
you could not make this into a film
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