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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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    Jan Cary, NC, USA 01-29-08
    Jan Cary, NC, USA 01-29-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Life in Lake Woebegon"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Oregon City, OR, USA 11-29-07
    Mary Oregon City, OR, USA 11-29-07
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    "Must have!!"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tim parma hts, OH, USA 12-12-07
    Tim parma hts, OH, USA 12-12-07
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    "not his usual best"

    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”.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Steph Mt Beauty, VIC, Australia 12-21-09
    Steph Mt Beauty, VIC, Australia 12-21-09
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    "stopped listening early"

    boring for a 32yr old, maybe older generation would like

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Helen Sparks, NV, USA 10-01-07
    Helen Sparks, NV, USA 10-01-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Pontoon Sunk!"

    Disappointment!
    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.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Exeter Steve Exeter, CA 10-18-09
    Exeter Steve Exeter, CA 10-18-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Eeyore meets Pontoon"

    I have been an avid listener of Audible for several years and this is probably the worst book that I have listened to. The narration style reminded me of Eeyore - and I found it difficult to care about the characters or their circumstances. While sometimes the book seemed to gain momentum - the rest seemed to be a let down.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Colleen Taylor, MI, United States 01-02-13
    Colleen Taylor, MI, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Not like the radio show."

    Couldn't get through it. Not as entertaining as the radio show. Too dark of a story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Randburg, South Africa 05-14-12
    Amazon Customer Randburg, South Africa 05-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Gentle story line, dull reading"
    What would have made Pontoon better?

    Different narrator


    Would you recommend Pontoon to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, difficult to listen to.


    What didn’t you like about Garrison Keillor’s performance?

    Monotonous, dull, he sounded very bored. Maybe he thought he was reading in a dry, witty way, but it really was tedious to listen to.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Some nice characters


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Adella Keaau, HI, United States 03-12-12
    Adella Keaau, HI, United States 03-12-12
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    "I found this story offensive"
    What disappointed you about Pontoon?

    I thought the sex life of seniors is not a joke and if he valued the women the story was about the author wouldn't make her look so crude.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Elizabeth Gaskell


    What didn???t you like about Garrison Keillor???s performance?

    I have enjoyed Garrison in the past and expected a charming, funny tale like his past stories. Peter Mayle does this well and Garrison does in other books.


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

    I didn't finish the book .


    Any additional comments?

    I will be more selective in the future. Ratings are difficult because we all look at things in different ways.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Doug Manchester, NH, United States 07-02-11
    Doug Manchester, NH, United States 07-02-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Not the news from Lake Wobegon"

    Though parts of the story are familiar to this Prairie Home Companion listener, this story centers around the death of an elderly woman and contains many sexual references that would not be aired on radio. The quality of the audio is good and G. Keillor does a fine job, as usual, telling the story, but I found the content of the story atypical of the new from L. Wobegon.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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