"It has been a quiet week in Lake Wobegon, my hometown...." For many years, America's Tallest Radio Humorist has leaned over a microphone and murmured stories on "A Prairie Home Companion." Here, at last, is the book that tells the story of Lake Wobegon at length—and with almost utter honesty!
The town's early history—from the days of the Unitarian missionaries to New Albion College and its crazed founder, Dr. Watt; from the arrival of the first Norwegian Lutherans and German Catholics to the story of The Living Flag and Wally "Old Hard Hands" Bunsen and the Statue of the Unknown Norwegian—is here, as is some of the nar-rator's own story: his Sanctified Brethren upbringing, his fascination with Catholics and the notion of being somebody else (a Keillorini). We see his failure as a Scout, his embarrassment at wearing black Keds and being picked last for baseball teams, and his shaky romances with Donna and Dorene.
Surrounding him are Lake Wobegon's memorable characters and places—Dorothy of the Chatterbox Cafe; Ralph of Ralph's Pretty Good Grocery; Sister Arvonne and Elizabeth, the switchboard operator turned confessor; Miss Falconer, the choir director (whom the narrator imagines "in her under-wear with leaves between her breasts"); the sleepwalking Lundbergs; Irene Bunsen (and what really happened to her champion-ship tomato); and many more.
Filled with warmth and humor, sadness and tenderness, songs and poems, Lake Wobegon Days is an unforgettable portrait of small-town American life, of why "we are what we are" and why "smart doesn't count for much."
Welcome, dear reader, to Lake Wobegon.
Auteur: Garrison Keillor
Uitgever: Viking Penguin Inc.
Aantal Pagina's: 337
ISBN Nummer: 0-670-80514-9
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