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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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    Kevin Schaumburg, IL, United States 10-18-10
    Kevin Schaumburg, IL, United States 10-18-10
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    "Listen again and again"

    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.

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    Joie California 12-26-09
    Joie California 12-26-09 Member Since 2007

    Jo

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    "Pontoon"

    Although pontoon was hilarious, you have to slog through lots of unnecessary prose to get there

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    Jan Squillace Cary, NC USA 01-29-08
    Jan Squillace Cary, NC USA 01-29-08 Member Since 2007

    Prefers "real" fiction

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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.

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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.

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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 2013
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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 2014
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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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    Stacy S. Scott 10-08-14 Member Since 2003

    stacy@metamet.com

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    "ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Action, something going on.


    What could Garrison Keillor have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Had someone else read it.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He put me to sleep


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Colleen 01-02-13
    Colleen 01-02-13
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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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