Wobegon Boy
Garrison Keillor
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John Tollefson, the son of Byron and Mary of Lake Wobegon, leaves Minnesota for upstate New York, to manage a public radio station at a college for academically challenged children of financially gifted parents Free from the Dark Lutherans of his hometown, he makes a pleasant bachelor life for himself in New York He buys a new house and paints it a deep gold He has a brJohn Tollefson, the son of Byron and Mary of Lake Wobegon, leaves Minnesota for upstate New York, to manage a public radio station at a college for academically challenged children of financially gifted parents Free from the Dark Lutherans of his hometown, he makes a pleasant bachelor life for himself in New York He buys a new house and paints it a deep gold He has a bright idea for a restaurant specializing in fresh produce He falls in love with a historian named Alida Freeman He is presented with public radio s coveted Wally Award In the midst of plenty, it occurs to John that his life lacks nobility and grace A consumer of fine food and wine and giver of good parties, he yet has no coherent life story Compared to his great grandfather John Tollefson, who finagled his way over from Norway, he feels rootless, restless, joined in no struggle, with nothing at stake The only true magnificence in his life is Alida, who eludes his courtship and gives him an impassioned speech about the pleasures of living alone Folded into the romance of John and Alida is the checkered saga of his ancestors dour butcher, a playboy publisher, a medicine show politician, Siamese twin ballplayers, a Texas Pentacostalist, and a bank embezzler and Lake Wobegon itself, with its bachelor farmers, its stout hearted burghers and housewives, its simple code Cheer up, Make yourself useful, Mind your manners, and Avoid self pity A useful code, as John discovers in his pursuit of magnificance, especially as the going gets tougher.
  • Title: Wobegon Boy
  • Author: Garrison Keillor
  • ISBN: 9780571195633
  • Page: 352
  • Format: Paperback

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Mrfishscales Dec 15, 2018 - 03:11 AM
I just finished reading this for the second time. I found that I didn't remember as much of it as I thought I would. This is likely because I listen to Prairie Home Companion nearly every week and so the world of Lake Wobegon has become a sort of timeless alternative reality to me.Keillor's style is deceptive. It appears to be gentle, but is rapier sharp. It appears to be folksy, but in fact is sophisticated. One thing is for sure: it is relentlessly digressive. He loves to tell stories within t [...]
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Tiffany Reisz Dec 15, 2018 - 03:11 AM
Fans of Prairie Home Companion will love this book. Like one 300 page "News from Lake Wobegon." It was exactly what I needed to recover from "The Bull from the Sea" by Mary Renault. I think Garrison Keillor understands marital love better than most people. Then again he's been married three times so he's had lots of practice getting it both wrong and right. A delightful little yarn.
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Joel Robert Ballard Dec 15, 2018 - 03:11 AM
“Dad died on the next-to-top basement step While in the basement, he fetched a bag of peas from the freezer Then disaster struck as he climbed the stairs. Mother heard him gasp and then opened the door to the stairs a moment later, and he was gone, slumped against the wall, the bag of frozen peas in his right hand. She told him she loved him and always would love him. She took the frozen peas from his hand and put them in the refrigerator and called the rescue squad. 'He sat there unconscio [...]
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Ensiform Dec 15, 2018 - 03:11 AM
The narrator, a man from Lake Wobegon, moves to New York to work at a public radio station, and meets the love of his life. And meanwhile, life happens: his father dies, he is fired, his restaurant idea fails as the developer appropriates the land, etc. In other words, there’s not much of a plot per se, but slice after slice of life. I must say, I’m surprised at how much I like this book. Sure, I rebel against what I perceive as Keillor’s good ol’ Middle America anti-periphery values, bu [...]
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Elise Dec 15, 2018 - 03:11 AM
Sometimes, you don't know whether to laugh or cry, and at almost all of those times, I am grateful that Garrison Keillor chooses laughter. Part of my enjoyment of this book was that I am a huge Keillor fan, but I have previously only experienced him on NPR. Reading "Wobegon Boy," I could hear his voice in the comic timing and delivery throughout. I was slightly disappointed that the protagonist of this book got off way too easy in some of his failed relationships, and the story dragged a bit in [...]
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Michael Dec 15, 2018 - 03:11 AM
Keillor the raconteur is much different than Keillor the writer, and probably for the simple fact that it is nearly impossible for him to come to your house and read his books to you. "Wobegon Boy" is succinct, well-written, and occasionaly very funny, but not occasionally enough. The story meanders back forth between an unconvincing crisis of the main character in upstate New York, and his immortal hometown of Lake Wobegon. At its finest when Keillor "recounts" the weird stories of people who m [...]
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Marvin Dec 15, 2018 - 03:11 AM
A pretty mediocre book, the last of my Christmas gift books. The main character is a 40-year-old public radio station manager in upstate New York. He falls in love with a Columbia University history professor & returns to Lake Wobegon for his father's funeral. There's cute stuff here & there, but it doesn't add up to much. And somehow characters who come alive when this stuff is presented orally don't seem real at all on the printed page.
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Brett Dec 15, 2018 - 03:11 AM
Honestly don't know why, but this is my favorite Keillor book. I go back to this one over and over again
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Tejas Dec 15, 2018 - 03:11 AM
This started out very promisingly, but dipped as the story went on. Found it dragging at a lot of places, and I generally lost interest by the end. You don't need to read the first book in the series to pick this up, and it is enjoyable to some extent - but at a lot of places, you will feel like putting the book down. Remarkable use of description, Keillor is really able to contrast John's attitude with Alida's & Jean's - especially around the part where Alida leaves for Norway. Got me readi [...]
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Richard Brand Dec 15, 2018 - 03:11 AM
There is a thing about too much of a good thing. Too much sugar in your tea. This is too much of Keillor stuff: too much putting down lake wobegon, too much putting down his Lutheran heritage, too much low self esteem, and too much dysfunctional family. I enjoyed the Saturday version of news from lake wobegon but in this book it just got weary
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Mark Slocum Dec 15, 2018 - 03:11 AM
To my surprise, this novel made me laugh out loud. Very pleasant writing style. I will read other Keillor works in the future.
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Allison Dec 15, 2018 - 03:11 AM
HYSTERICAL. Great read, especially after living in the Midwest for a while.
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Cindy Wyatt Dec 15, 2018 - 03:11 AM
Like an extended version of "News from Lake Wobegon"
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Matthew Legaspi Dec 15, 2018 - 03:11 AM
Many readers, I suspect, read “Wobegon Boy” after cultivating a heartfelt endearment to Keillor’s radio show, “A Prairie Home Companion.” I found this novel in a thrift shop after the cover art caught my eye. It stood on my shelf for years before I finally came around to reading it last summer. “Wobegon Boy” chronicles the life and times of John Tollefson, who leaves Lake Wobegon to make a life for himself in Red Cliff, NY. He meets and falls in love with Alida Freeman, visits home [...]
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Donna Davis Dec 15, 2018 - 03:11 AM
Garrison Keillor is one of the most hysterical men alive. I find that when he writes prose, he does better when he is brief (not unlike a Lutheran pastor's weekly message). This one is really, really funny in some places, but there are others where it drags. He challenges himself by threading subplots into larger plots, but his relationship is boring, and that is the constant thread that binds what ought to be a series of very funny short stories together.The other constant thread is the busines [...]
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Tyson Call Dec 15, 2018 - 03:11 AM
I can't help but look at context when reading a book. This particular Keillor novel was released in the late nineties, and this makes sense given the content. Knowing much about an author is problematic, as it becomes possible to see through their omnipotent all-knowing authorship and just see them as a human being speaking about what they know. This novel demonstrates that Keillor knows a great deal about very many things. In fact, compared to the rest of his work this book contains many more a [...]
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Garrett Zecker Dec 15, 2018 - 03:11 AM
I really liked this story a lot, but it definitely had a plot that was not as tight and a lot less funny as many of Keillor’s other works. So, while there are many funny parts, it is not a great addition to humor writing (and I wouldn’t have expected that were it not for the constant reminders of how funny he is all over the jacket, but anyway). While there were many beautiful parts, I would also not say it is necessarily a great addition to literature, either. While the characters from Wobe [...]
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Rev. Dec 15, 2018 - 03:11 AM
This was fun. I got exactly what I expected out of it: a few chuckles, the sensation of a warm meal on a cold day, and it was over about when it needed to be - didn't get long winded. Nosir. This book knew when it had run its course, and it gave up the ghost. There was some love, some loss, and a few quirky characters. I liked this book because of all of these things. All of that having been said, this book doesn't dare much. It behaves, in many ways, like that Wobegon Boy. Yes, if it had had a [...]
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Daniel Dec 15, 2018 - 03:11 AM
Garrison Keillor writes very cleanly. Meaninghis style is simple and direct. There's some purple prose, and he does veer from stating a point to describing an event or character that is only marginally related to what he was initially writing about, but he does bring it back on topic. If you are familiar with his PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION radio show, then this isn't anything new to you.I chuckled, I laughed out loud, I recognized myself more than once. It was a pleasant way to pass some reading tim [...]
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Becca Dec 15, 2018 - 03:11 AM
After reading Lake Wobegon Days, I fell in love with Garrison Keillor in a grandfatherly sort of way and determined to read his entire body of work. This was the next one I picked. It was similar in the "pee your pants" funny stories of Wobegon, but with a semi-autobiographical plot trying to wind its way through. The plot annoyed me - not because it was necessarily a bad plot, but because it interuppted hilarious stories about the characters in Lake Wobegon. So I didn't like this quite as well, [...]
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Niall O'neill Dec 15, 2018 - 03:11 AM
I read this on holiday because it was there rather than seeking it out, and it's the first Keillor book I've read. The story of John Tollefson, a third generation American with Lutheran Norwegian ancestry, is told with such a range of characters and story telling strands across over a century to be slightly overwhelming for the first part. That may have just been because my brain was working slowly in the French sun. But once I got into the rhythm of it, it was an easy read. The stories of Lake [...]
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Ted Mallory Dec 15, 2018 - 03:11 AM
I set a goal of reading at least two books this summer and ended up getting through three. I’d like to offer you mini-book reviews in case you’re looking for something help you fall asleep at night.Wobegon Boy by Garrison Keillor was an excellent antidote for insomnia. That doesn’t mean it was a bad book, but you know how you create a voice in your head of the narrator? Well since Keillors voice is on his radio show, A Prairie Home Companion on NPR every week, his voice was the voice I lis [...]
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Christina Dec 15, 2018 - 03:11 AM
This book was amusing, but it certainly wasn't the Keillor I expected after I saw him speak about six months ago. I expected the book to be a lot more funny, but this one fell short. It had very amusing moments, but not enough to call it a "funny" book. I did, however, learn a lot about Midwestern (Minnesotean) attitudes, which I found enlightening and interesting. If you're from the Midwest, I'd certainly recommend this -- it probably strikes true. If you're not, I'd leave it for something else [...]
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J.b. Dec 15, 2018 - 03:11 AM
I laughed. I cried. I'm a Garrison Keillor fan, so I appreciate his style. I'm sure it isn't for everyone. But his writing is easy to read, just like his stories are so easy to listen to. I could almost hear him orating as i read this work. As for the plot, no action, so if you are a blood and guts fan, this isn't for you. What the plot does offer is a deep look into the life of one man in his early 40's wondering how he got there and how to move ahead. I became emotionally entrenched in this bo [...]
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Chris Ryan Dec 15, 2018 - 03:11 AM
Its a really easy read. And its a story about a guy and his life. Its that simple. There are plenty of side stories, some interesting, some not. Plenty of characters, some interesting, some not. No real plot, no real villain, no real climax. And yet, i'd still say it was a pretty enjoyable read. You get immersed in the settings. You just get caught up in it, for lack of a better phrase. Its not challenging, but its definitely enjoyable if you're ready to downshift a couple gears and put your rea [...]
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Stef Dec 15, 2018 - 03:11 AM
I'm a huge fan of Prairie Home Companion, so I thought this book would be more of what I already like. Not quite so. It was slow going. Parts of it stood on their own (golden moments), like Garrison Keilor's wonderful monologues, but overall it seemed to lack consistency. Yes, the story followed a logical path, but at times I felt like I was wading through the stuff BETWEEN the good storiesif that makes any sense. I still would recommend it, but expect a slow and mellow read interjected with hil [...]
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George Schlukbier Dec 15, 2018 - 03:11 AM
I think as a writer, Garrison Keillor is such a kind intellectual romantic that you can't help but feel comfortable with his character. However, is novel lacks plot and conflict and the edge required to push the reader to finish the book.As a cultural historian this book was a good read and reminded me of the delight the "Good Lutherans" were to grow up with. My heritage was well presented and it made me reflect on the goodness of people from the Midwest.Read it if you are charmed by Lutheran Ze [...]
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Cheryl Dec 15, 2018 - 03:11 AM
This was an odd book. I really didn't care for the protagonist or his prissy girlfriend, however and this is a big however, when Garrison Keillor digresses, and he is a champion digressor, he is brilliant. His stories, within the the main story are terrifically funny, biting and sharp yet affectionate at the same time. If only his main characters and plot line was as engaging as his side stories. And boy oh boy, does this guy know transplanted Norwegians.
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David Dec 15, 2018 - 03:11 AM
I think this one had a better mix of forward story and the personal feeling past than some of Keillor's others. Some just seem like a group of anecdotes thrown together, but some with more of a story don't end up as interesting. This strikes a pretty decent balance and isn't too bad. It can still take its sweet time to get places, but I suppose that's just how Keillor likes to do things and its my place to either enjoy it or not.
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Wobegon Boy By Garrison Keillor John Tollefson, the son of Byron and Mary of Lake Wobegon, leaves Minnesota for upstate New York, to manage a public radio station at a college for academically challenged children of financially gifted parents Free from the Dark Lutherans of his hometown, he makes a pleasant bachelor life for himself in New York He buys a new house and paints it a deep gold He has a brJohn Tollefson, the son of Byron and Mary of Lake Wobegon, leaves Minnesota for upstate New York, to manage a public radio station at a college for academically challenged children of financially gifted parents Free from the Dark Lutherans of his hometown, he makes a pleasant bachelor life for himself in New York He buys a new house and paints it a deep gold He has a bright idea for a restaurant specializing in fresh produce He falls in love with a historian named Alida Freeman He is presented with public radio s coveted Wally Award In the midst of plenty, it occurs to John that his life lacks nobility and grace A consumer of fine food and wine and giver of good parties, he yet has no coherent life story Compared to his great grandfather John Tollefson, who finagled his way over from Norway, he feels rootless, restless, joined in no struggle, with nothing at stake The only true magnificence in his life is Alida, who eludes his courtship and gives him an impassioned speech about the pleasures of living alone Folded into the romance of John and Alida is the checkered saga of his ancestors dour butcher, a playboy publisher, a medicine show politician, Siamese twin ballplayers, a Texas Pentacostalist, and a bank embezzler and Lake Wobegon itself, with its bachelor farmers, its stout hearted burghers and housewives, its simple code Cheer up, Make yourself useful, Mind your manners, and Avoid self pity A useful code, as John discovers in his pursuit of magnificance, especially as the going gets tougher.

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