©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)
For those who know the town, the additional characters fit right in. With outrageous back stories and equally extravagant experiences, told by one of the best storytellers, the book is well worth listening to. I highly recommend it.
Pontoon is definitely not a typical Lake Wobegon story. Sure, Lake Wobegon is most of the setting but the theme isn't really whimsical. This is an adult Keillor novel, some of the narration delves into things you may not want the kids to hear. While not as rich in Midwestern humor the story is well done. The publisher apparently didn't read the book as the publisher's spiel about the book was off-base. The story is mostly about Evelyn Peterson's life and the surrounding events with her family and intermixed with other current and former Lake Wobegon residents.
I enjoyed this story. I enjoyed the relaxed narration. Very funny at one point. However, His. narration, story, and humour is similar to, but not nearly as good as Stewart Maclean. I enjoyed it because it was reminiscent of Stewart Maclean and the Vinyl Cafe.
Humorous yet poignantly describes all of our us! Life, Love, Loss, Family, Crazy, Sane
Alphabet soup in the wo serous town of Lake Wobegon.
Garrison Keeler delivers his work magnificently.
I love good history books about WW II, the Civil War, and the Revolutionary War. I like other good books about life and cooking.
I was so disappointed in this book. It turns out to be a sad commentery of the people Mr. Garrison is writing about in Lake Wobegon. It is dark and not funny.
Not sure, I have 7 books to choose from.
It is nice to hear him read it and music interludes are nice but the story is not at all what I expected and was very disappointed.
I would cut many of them. They all have alcohol problems with not very happy lives. I did not expect that. If I wanted that, I would have chosen another book or just read the newspaper.
Yes, people get old. They find out that life is not what they hoped. Bad things happen to good people as well as bad. I always thought that Lake Wobegon was a little above that. Most of the characters have either alcohol and more alcohol problems, religious problems, or family and people problems, and some had all three. The book is dark, not funny, and reminds me more of a reality show. I waited to long to read it. By a couple of days I was too late to return it. If you expect a happy, funny look at people from Lake Wobegon, this is not the book for you. I do not understand what some other reviewers found that was so funny. I found it overall a sad commentary .
All they had to do was hire a narrator. The story was enjoyable the narration is what ruined the book for me.
I enjoyed the story and getting to know all of the characters that Garrison Keillor had created.
I don't think Garrison Keillor ever read aloud before. Not only did he use the exact same inflection in every sentence, he ended his reading before a sentence was over and then added the final couple of words as if it were the beginning of the next sentence. It was actually painful to listen to.
The story is great, I think reading the book on my own would have been far more enjoyable.
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