©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)
I agree that the Publisher description has it all wrong, maybe they skimmed the book. I smiled through the whole thing, there are so many characters, it took me a couple of rewinds to sort them out. I laughed so hard I cried at the crazy ending! Then I started over from the beginning. The first line sets the tone. "Evelyn was a lifelong insomniac, so when they say she died in her sleep you have got to question that" This isn't the same sentimental Garrison Keillor on NPR these characters live much more worldly lives. The book is sweetly sad in the genre of lost innocence, and small town wildness. This would make a great movie, maybe like a Prayer for Own Meany was turned into the World According to Garp. I keep this one on my Audible player, and have listened to parts over and over and always seem to pick out a few more details that were lost on me on first reading. As an audio book this one will stay in my permanent collection.
Prefers "real" fiction
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
Action, something going on.
Had someone else read it.
He put me to sleep
I never finished this book, I listened to this book while I was driving, but this book is a road hazard as it will put you to sleep.
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