Saturday, June 02, 2007

Wobegon Boy by Garrison Keillor

Wobegon Boy by Garrison Keillor is a semi-biographical novel describing a small-town boy trying to make it in the real world and dealing with his heritage. John Tollefson our narrator leaves Lake Wobegon to try to make it in New York state as a radio manager. On the way he finds love and a failed business venture. Much of this book comes off as baby boomer whining that their lives were supposed to have been important and exciting but they ended up as middle-management instead. There is the occasional rant in support of public radio and against talk radio format and political correctness. This is at its best when Keillor is telling anecdotes about the various characters. One involving outhouse tipping was very funny.

This seems to be more of a message book than a humorous one so it was slightly disappointing but still a nice diversion.


Is available through Abebooks.

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