Lake Wobegon Days
Celebrating the quirks and idiosyncrasies of small-town America, part town history, part f...more
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Of course, I had a feeling that a book dedicated to these long winded tales of days never-existing would find themselves to be too long for their own good, but I had really hoped things would be different.
I spent several nights trying to...more
I read your book and liked it a lot. It took me a while to get through it, though. First I started reading it a couple of years ago, but I got so confused in the first few pages' footnotes about how many meters apart everything in town was that I thought it was going to be a boring book and quit. I started reading it again around August, and when I realized that you were just being cheeky, I quickly picked up on the style and began my enjoyment. I try not to be an obnoxious...more
Yes, I understand there's not really a plot to it. In fact, I'd bet there's a particular term to describe the type of writing Mr. Keillor endeavors. I don't know it and I just don't care for it. Yeah, there are some interesting parts about how town life affects so many of its residents (one of the problems - too many characters to really k...more
"“Humankind knows no finer...more
There isn't any huge plot driving the book or overarching theme or message. It really does just meander. So if you're looking for a book you can't put down, som...more
Because this is so purely American, and much of it set in the post-war years,I never tried to share it with my husband, because he was not born in the US and didn't move here or start learning English till the 70s, so I thought the retro nuances would be lost on him. However, when he heard a brief excerpt that Keillor recited on...more
Alright. Well. I finished it. Finally. This book really did nothing for me. I pretty much had to force my way though it. I admit, there were funny parts, but getting to them was pretty painful. I kept reading because it came to me so highly recommended by...more
This isn't a novel, so much as a bunch of facts and stories about a fictional American town. It's a long rambling reminiscence with few recurring characters, no coherent trajectory and no discernible point whatsoever. There are some giggle-worthy sente...more
when asked if having a poem on The Prairie Home Companion website means more if you're from the Midwest.
Lake Wobegon Days = fun, humorous, and heartwarming.
I listen to Garrison on the radio every Saturday night -- still!
This is his first book (I think) and probably his best. With news from "Lake Wobegon"; including Home, New Albion, Forebears, Summa Quod Summas, Protestant, Summer, Fall, Winter, News, Spring, Revival, and 23 pps of a footnote from "Harold" which is a too-long harangue from a young adult against his parents and the town in general over everything teenagers usually gripe about.
I hope he is as gentl...more
While much of the book revolves around the author, much doesn’t. He speaks of the history of the town, right from its founding. Along the way, he discusses the everyday adventures an...more
More than a few reviewers, even the complementary ones, h...more
At first I thought it was interesting and funny and nostalgic, a little sharp tongued. But, as I read, my opinion of the book kept dropping, taking a very sharp drop on the chapter "news" with the "95 Theses 95". That piece of writing was so bitter, sour, pitiful (as in pity poor me, I've been twisted by my parents and my upbringing, I can't get my mother's voice out of my head). Why is that piece of writing in this book? Certainly it can't be something he aired on t...more
I don’t know much about this book; what year it was written, what books came before and after, or whether it is considered one of Kiellor’s more or less popular works (I assume the former). I believe to research these things would be to color my expectation or opinion of it.
What I know: The book has many stories which have been told subsequently in A Prairie Home Companion's News from Lake Wobegon broadcasts, either in part or nearly verbatim. This is not a negative, however, as seeing the seed
Anyway, I liked the ra...more