Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Liberty: A Novel of Lake Wobegon [Keillor]

Book: Liberty: A Novel of Lake Wobegon
Author: Garrison Keillor
Reason for Reading: book club
Genre: Fiction

Review: Meet Clint-he's a 60 yr old mechanic and head of the 4th of July planning committee. He rules with an iron fist, upsets his fellow townsfolk left and right, but puts on a parade so unbelievable that CNN covers it. Having a mid-life crisis later than most, he embarks on an affair with 28 year old Angelica (who participates in the parade as the statue of liberty) and considers leaving his wife of thirty plus years and moving to California.

While this book was well written and witty, I didn't connect with any of the main characters and almost 300 pages about a parade was just too much for me. This could have been a decent short story.

Recommend: if you like the Prairie Home Companion series from NPR (Keillor wrote them), you'll probably enjoy this. Otherwise, stay far away!

Book Junkie's Grade: C+

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