Wobegon Boyby Garrison Keillor
John Tollefson, a son of Lake Wobegon, has moved East to manage a radio station at a college for academically challenged children of financially gifted parents in upstate New York. Having achieved this pleasant perch, John has a brilliant idea for a restaurant specializing in fresh sweet corn. And he falls in love with an historian named Alida Freeman, hard at work… See more details below
John Tollefson, a son of Lake Wobegon, has moved East to manage a radio station at a college for academically challenged children of financially gifted parents in upstate New York. Having achieved this pleasant perch, John has a brilliant idea for a restaurant specializing in fresh sweet corn. And he falls in love with an historian named Alida Freeman, hard at work on a book about a nineteenth-century Norwegian naturopath, an acquaintance of Lincoln, Thoreau, Whitman, and Susan B. Anthony.
- Penguin Publishing Group
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- 5.00(w) x 7.68(h) x 0.54(d)
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- 18 Years
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I found this book to be an honest expression of Mr. Keillor's personal tug-of-war between his high brow success and humble roots. In addition to warming to me as did Holden Caufield, he had me rolling with laughter.
I've always brought Garrison Keillor with me when I'm on the road. He tells me stories of Minnesota and a little town there called Lake Wobegone. He is able to make the characters so vivid and real that I think about the them every so often. They remind me of people in the town where I grew up, and now that I live 600 miles away from them, it's comforting to read about Lake Wobegone and remember home for awhile. Good humor, great storytelling, and memories of better days.
Reading a book is great,don't get me wrong,but,having a story read to you is like reliving the old days. It does to me anyway! Especially this book,I'm going back to when I was a kid listening to my grandfather and great-uncles telling stories of when they were younger, bringing back very fond memories.The author tells of his exploits when leaving his home but keeps coming back to his roots and his familys' personalities which parallels that of my own,the difference being his is from the midwest and mine is from New England.In an audio book the storyline is secondary compared to how its told.Garrison Keillor can read to me anytime.
i am a big fan of Garrison keillor's intelligent sense of humor and storytelling ability. Found this to be extremely entertaining. Listened to it on a drive from New Orleans to New York. My daughter and I laughed out loud and it made the trip seem a lot shorter. Typically unique characters were drawn very vividly and I love his down home descriptions. I highly recommend this CD.
It's taken me a while to read this wonderful book. I just finished it. I bought it several years ago, started reading it and then got absorbed into something else. I found it on my bookshelf and instantly fell back into it...reading a chapter every night before I went to bed. Those are the best times to read Keillor's work not because they put you to sleep but because they put you in such a good mood. This book really relates to what I am going through now. A man going through change at a remarkable rate. I think that we can all relate to this very funny and sometimes dark narrative. But the book always made me smile and it made me laugh out loud. Only Keillor has done that. I wish there was more to the main character and I wish that we could hear about him more on the News. Lake Wobegon is where time stands still. Normalcy remains and it's a place that I wish I could visit. Thanks to Keillor, I can through his books and this one was just an amazing piece of work.
If I understand the premise of the story, than it is supposed to describe how the values of a Mid Western LutheranBoy hold up in the a different setting. The error in this premise is that the main character never has the values of a mid western lutheran boy. His values are the same as all those around him, and he is aimply a reflection of the culture around him with a Minisotan accent. He does have memories of his parents who are the ones who have the Lutheran values, not him. John, the title character is somewhat pompous and condescending. He dubs those who do hold to 'Lutheran' values as 'Dark Lutherans'. To the authors credit, there are some very humerous moments in the story. That and the sections that deals with John going back for a funeral and learning more about his parents and grand parents are entertaining and is what keeps this story from falling into disappointing