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Garrison Keillor - Lake Wobegon Summer 1956 Book Review Summary

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Garrison Keillor vividly and humorously rambles on about his old green house on Green Street, Lake Wobegon, Minnesota...the dandy lions on the front lawn...the dog on the front porch...the Andersons who live next door...the “evil” older sister...the uptight, worry-wart dad who is contrasted by the sunny-even-on-a-cloudy-day mom who says, “Why carry rocks in your pockets?”

Without-girlfriend Gary spends his Saturday nights playing monopoly with his mom, and drinking ginger ale, or writing in his study(bedroom) when he is sent there for punishment.

Young Gary seems to have a penchant for the word “buger.” He likes to insert it in movie/tv titles: Buger Without A Cause, The Lone Buger, Leave It To Buger (the buger jokes got a little old). While reading the chapter, I thought, “Why doesn't he just look in his buger-saurus and find a new word?”

“When my sister walks, her butt cheeks look like two pigs fighting in a burlap bag..."--this quote shows the sibling rivalry between young Gary and the “evil” older sister.

He writes odes to his cousin Kate whom he adores...chapters about baseball and gym class and sex and the farm...the high school assembly...and MORE SEX...or at least he fantasized about it—on second thought, he and his cousin Kate...well, read the book and find out.


The review of this Book prepared by William Pinn








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Plot & Themes

Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Kids:    -   rebelling against parent's expectations    -   first sexual experience

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   writer Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   American

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   dumb Rednecks, like Gomer Pyle

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   very happy    -   like laughing Graphic sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   impregnation/reproduction    -   descript. of female anat. (the big B's)    -   actual description of hetero sex If this is a kid's book:    -   Age 16-Adult Pictures/Illustrations?    -   None How much dialogue in bio?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   0-25% of book

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