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Leaving Home : A Collection of Lake Wobegon Stories [Hardcover]

Garrison Keillor
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Sep 1987
In this collection of Lake Wobegon stories, Keillor takes his readers back to that world, the place that is everybody's home town 'where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average.' Leaving Home is a tribute to the life and people of Lake Wobegon, an elegy and a celebration, narrated with the gentle wit for which Garrison Keillor has been acclaimed.
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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Viking Pr; 1st edition (Sep 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067081976X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670819768
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,061,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Garrison Keillor lives in St Paul, Minnesota, home of A Prairie Home Companion, his radio show that has been on the air since 1974. He wrote and appeared in Robert Altman's final film, A Prairie Home Companion and is the author of many books including the Lake Wobegon novels, which include Lake Wobegon Days, Pontoon and Pilgrims. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Sories about characters you already know. 4 Dec 2000
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Garrison Keillor write about universal themes and people. More than that though he imbues them with a warmth and affection that is rare in an age where objectivity is the norm.
The people are universal because you realise as you read that you know them, they are the people that you too grew up with. Their character, their strengths, their flaws are all recognisable. These are three dimensional people that you too want to live beside.
When the author uses an old joke on which to hang a story you forgive him. The setting in which he places it, the craft with which he wraps it up just make the old chestnut that much more enjoyable.
When he talks about someone telling a joke, too racked with the humour of it to finish the joke for laughing - well, we've all smiled at someone doing that... haven't we?
Those critics who raved about Lake Wobegon Days had a point but Keillor saved the better work, the greater warmth, for the stories in this collection.
Read them with delight and smile with regret as you reach the last page.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reward yourself with this warming book 1 Aug 2007
Having read some of Garrison Keillor's other stuff because of this one, this is still by far my favourite. These are such humane and affectionate stories about the sort of people we really are, no pretensions, but honesty and empathy. Plenty of laughs because it could happen to someone you know! A proper feelgood book. One you will want to lend to anyone who's your friend - be prepared not to get it back though. . .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Laconic good fun, a real charmer 4 Sep 2001
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Garrison shares with us his own childhood town, disguised by a thin veil of satire that leaves the natural, easy humour of true life exposed.
Many times I have read these stories to friends. At first, they are skeptical, after all, who reads out loud? With these tales, you will read them out loud even when you are alone. I have never heard his voice in real life, but Keillor's voice rings loud and clear (or actually soft and dusky) in my ears as I read these tales.
A great read for anyone, especially those who take the people they grew up with with a grain of salt.
A top read.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Book is Damaged 22 Feb 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a lovely book & I had purchased a copy some years ago. I bought this copy as a gift for an elderly member of the clergy & it arrived with a disfiguring ink mark that makes it inappropriate as a gift. I have yet to resolve this issue with the supplier.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Leaving Home by Garrison Keilor 3 Sep 2012
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This is an amusing book, with plenty of laugh-out-loud moments. It helps to have heard Garrison Keillor's Lake Wobegon series on radio as his deadpan drawl is very much a feature of his narrative. More a book to dip into than to read at a sitting as it is a series of short stories with no plot development: slices of life in a fictional mid west town. Not for those who like to get to grips with an unfolding story, but delightfully entertaining nevertheless.
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