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Lake Wobegon Days Paperback – April 1, 1990
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"Warm, witty, nostalgic, sometimes sad, always riveting..." -- Jack Wilkinson, United Press International
Winner of the 1987 Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word [brought to you by HighBridge Audio]. -- NARAS --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This is a truly brilliant book that celebrates the quirks and idiosyncrasies of small town American. Part town history, part family remembrance, Lake Wobegon is imbued with a warm, sly humor that picks at the silliness and the earnestness that are woven so tightly together in small town American life.
Although I found this book immensely entertaining, and times quite moving, I should mention it took me about three months to read. Keillor's immensely appealing voice, story-telling ability and sense of humor kept me at all times very interested, but there isn't really a plot to speak of. I had to keep other books going on the side to give me my plot fix. This was the only aspect of the book that I thought might put off readers otherwise disposed to read the book and enjoy it. But don't let this deter you. Believe me, the book is definitely worth whatever time you take to read it.
I have often said there are two books anyone wanting to know about life in a small town should read; Main Street, by Sinclair Lewis, and this book. Main Street is negative in chief, whereas this book is wistful, gently amusing, and equally accurate, if not more so. It is a very underrated work, and I recommend it most thoroughly.
Keillor's journey through Lake Wobegon is warm, nostalgic, funny, and poignant. The characters are well-crafted -- sometimes lovable, sometimes zany, sometimes despicable, always believable and real.
Don't appraoch this book looking for a deep, moving plot. Approach it as a tour through a quaint town -- a look at its history, pride, culture, and even those bits that are swept under the rug. Read it, and it'll grow on you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Tedious reading in beginning. LAST part better. I've always loved the tv episodes and radio programsPublished 7 days ago by Gracie B
I like Garrison Keillor and I love the "News from Lake Wobegone" on his weekly show, but I just cannot 'get into' this book. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sarah K
If you liked the radio show, you won't like the book. The stories in the book are simple and similar to what most of middle America experienced in the post war years. Read morePublished 8 months ago by potter
Although Garrison's stories sometimes tend to stray too far from the beaten path he lays out, he puts such depth and pathos into his characters that the whole path is worth the... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Michael Paynter
After listening to Keillor on the radio for many years, I figured it was time to read one of his books. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer