by Garrison Keillor | Literature & Fiction | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 9780670063567 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingAntof9wing of Lakewood, Colorado USA on 11/7/2007
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Journal Entry 1 by wingAntof9wing from Lakewood, Colorado USA on Wednesday, November 07, 2007
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This was given to me by a friend.

Journal Entry 2 by wingAntof9wing from Lakewood, Colorado USA on Wednesday, April 01, 2009
I remember watching the movie Prairie Home Companion, and being surprised that what I perceived as "wholesome" was really just "small town", and coming to the realization that "small town" does not equal "clean". So not only is there a surprising bit of crude in this one, but the beginning was also very reminiscent of that movie. However, it's also got a quirky charm, and was fun enough to keep me entertained.

I think one of the reasons I liked this one is because I lived in North Dakota for a handful of years, among the same people described in the book as disposed to gloom, dark Lutherans who pitch down the rocky slope of melancholy and lie there for days ... waiting for someone, usually Evelyn, to ... comfort them with dessert. A people waiting for the other shoe to drop. Phlegmatists. Stoics. Good eaters who went for recipes that start out "Brown a pound of ground beef and six strips of bacon and in a separate pan melt a pound of butter".

There are also some great one-liners in this, like this one: Life is a feast and most people are starving.

And then there's both the charm of more midwest descriptions as well as the combination of exasperation and love most of us feel for our families: Our people settled out on the prairie because they like straight lines and neat corners. I know these people. I'm related to some of them. And sometimes I'd like to wring their necks.

Journal Entry 3 by wingAntof9wing at Lakewood, Colorado USA on Sunday, June 19, 2011
hmmm ... in reading my review, I clearly liked the book better than I remembered I did. However, I'm not shipping it anywhere (since it's hardback), and I haven't released a book in ages, and I have a friend who makes journals out of recycled hardbacks, so this is being "de-commissioned" from BC and I'm giving it to her :)

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