Lake Wobegon Summer 1956

Lake Wobegon Summer 1956

by Garrison Keillor
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Lake Wobegon Summer 1956 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm usually not a fan of fiction, but certainly a great read. Lots of humor involving Minnesota, religion, and "High School Orgies." Very well written!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the best ever!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although it seemed a bit slow-moving, it was an easy book to read.
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Patricia Marsh More than 1 year ago
just like listening to the radio and reliving ones past childhood summers.
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Jilseponie More than 1 year ago
If you like the stories from Lake Wobegon on Prairie Home Companion, you'll enjoy this book. The story is full of the subtle and self-depreciating humor that is familiar in that segment. Told by Gary, a 14 year old boy, the story focuses on his family who are Sanctified Brethren and also a little strange. Gary has a crush on his 17 year old cousin, Kate, who is a bit rebellious. He also reads a magazine called 'High School Orgies' and admits that he has a dirty mind. His Grandpa and Jesus sit in heaven and comment on his behavior. And he is a writer who has an affinity for writing stories in which dogs can talk. Yup, definitely a Garrison Keillor type of story.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book very much; it kept me very interested unlike some other books. I actually wanted to find out what was going to happen in the next chapter rather throwing it down to go out side. I recommend this book to any other person that enjoys reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The novel was a curious mix of humor and poignancy with well-developed characters. 'Gary's' immediate family is a classic MN family. The most poignant moments were the portions where the narrator is developing as a writer. I found odd the numerous 'excerpts' from the magazine 'High School Orgies.' This took away from Keillor's real story; a little bit was okay, but so much?? What I DID enjoy were 'Gary's' attempts at writing stories and his sports articles. Overall, a good book that could have been great with tigher editing/revising.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While Mr. Keillor seems to be a fine writer, this story just didn't grab me. The characters that you wanted to know more about, weren't fully developed. Not the worst book I've ever read, but certainly not the best either.
Guest More than 1 year ago
what a wonderful book this is. sweet and gentle, very funny, extremely moving and oh so well written. the novel has it's own lazy summers' day pace and it feels so very true in all it's detail. keillor's great talent is in pinpointing the small wonders, the daily heartbreaks and minor miracles, the little moments that catch in your throat and change your life. read it. and then share it with someone else.
Guest More than 1 year ago
garrison keilor is easily one of the most overlooked writers in America. 'Lake Wobegon Summer 1956' is the story of young Gary growing up in fictional Lake Wobegon. even in this utopian society Gary still finds fault with religion, discovers 'her gleaming orbs,' and seemingly comes to terms with who he is, or who he is not as the case may be. highly, highly recommended!