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Liberty: A Lake Wobegon Novel (urspr publ 2008; utgåvan 2008)

av Garrison Keillor

Serier: Lake Wobegon (8)

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A national holiday in Lake Wobegon is always gaudy and joyful. But when the major planner behind the Fourth of July parade and the twenty-four-year-old girl who dresses up as the Statue of Liberty develop a close "friendship," rumors begin to fly. What will happen is anybody's guess as CNN and the governor put in an appearance in Lake Wobegon--home to a good loving people who drive each other crazy.… (mer)
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Titel:Liberty: A Lake Wobegon Novel
Författare:Garrison Keillor
Info:Viking Adult (2008), Edition: 1st Printing, Hardcover, 288 pages
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I love GK's perspective on life in the US. ( )
  anitatally | Feb 9, 2015 |
I'm the protagonist in the novel, so I thought it was great. It's amazing how well Keillor continues to mine Lake Wobegon for all it's worth. It seemed so superficial in the beginning. It was just a setting for some radio monologues. It's proving to be as detailed and epic as Middle Earth - and much funnier. The book is, in fact, an expansion of a classic 4th of July "News from Lake Wobegon" where the Statue of Liberty in the parade wore nothing underneath her robe. Clint Busen's dilemma is a classic. Does he bit the bullet for the rest of his miserable wasted life? Or does he grasp the life preserver thrown to him by a younger woman and head west for a glorious final inning. This is typical Lake Wobegon in every way. Maybe the best yet. ( )
  mobill76 | Apr 22, 2014 |
The story centres around Clint Bunsen, who is in charge of the Lake Wobegon Fourth of July Celebration and Parade for the last time.
His brother Clarence wants Clint to buy out Clarence's share of Bunsen Motors, a business that isn't exactly thriving. Clint is bored with his wife and his life. He is turning 60 and he feels like he has missed out on his chance for happiness.
There are plenty of groups of people who want to take part in the festivities, and Bunsen has attracted no end of ire by trying to prune some of them out of the picture. Then he meets a lovely young woman on the internet and races headlong into an affair. He has also just received DNA test results which show that he is primarily of Hispanic rather than Scandinavian ethnicity, which comes as a shock.
Like Keillor's other Lake Wobegon novels, Liberty is populated by a quirky supporting cast of grumpy farmers, very gloomy people of Norwegian/German descent, and crazy locals known for their wild and unpredictable behaviour, but these are so removed from the narration that they are eclipsed by Clint, who isn't a strong enough narrator to carry the novel. We hear briefly from Clint's long-suffering wife Irene, from a crazy gun-toting conspiracy theory bachelor, and from several politicians, but Clint is the main source of the observations regarding Lake Wobegon and its annual parade.
Clint is given very little time to consider the outcomes of all these crises before he makes decisions, making him more a victim of circumstances rather than taking control of his own destiny.
Keillor’s great story-telling skill is here, the characters are all familiar, amusing epsiodes and descriptions abound, and Clint’s midlife crisis was handled tenderly. But the core of the story is Clint Bunsen's disappointments with his life. He is unhappy, and his unhappiness colours everything else in the book.
This wasn't one of my favourite Lake Wobegon novels, but it's a nice read on a Sunday afternoon. ( )
1 rösta Jawin | Jun 9, 2012 |
After reading three depressing books in a row, I decided to cheer myself up with a Garrison Keillor book, so I picked up Liberty. The first chapter had me laughing--yea! I was listening to this as an audiobook, and then Garrison Keillor started reading me a sex scene. Ew!! Sorry, but I'm pretty sure no one but Mrs. Garrison Keillor wants to hear that. I'm sure she would have loved it. ( )
1 rösta spounds | Sep 4, 2011 |
Another interesting story from Lake Wobegon by Garrison Keillor. It truly amazes me how he is able to continually come up with new stories from a town that has had very little change. The stories in the books are generally a little more racy from the weekly update in Prairie Home Companion and we are able to delve into it a little further. In this story, we see Lake Wobegon experience national attention from their amazing parade they do each year and all the drama you could expect behind the scenes in a town such as this. This was a very quick, enjoyable read and it is always nice to have certain books where you know what you're getting into beforehand and there are little surprises. Quality storytelling of midwest life. ( )
  jd234512 | Mar 24, 2011 |
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Into the harbor of towers and seagulls sails the caravan fled from furious Europe and the disappointment of fathers to find-Thee, our lady of Liberty, lighting the doorway.
Grant us mercy, dear Mother. We shed the old clothing of failure.
We rise up vibrant, dream-laden, bound for the west-
Avant! Lovers of Liberty! The sunny uplands await and the fresh meadows. --Emmet Lazarus
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A national holiday in Lake Wobegon is always gaudy and joyful. But when the major planner behind the Fourth of July parade and the twenty-four-year-old girl who dresses up as the Statue of Liberty develop a close "friendship," rumors begin to fly. What will happen is anybody's guess as CNN and the governor put in an appearance in Lake Wobegon--home to a good loving people who drive each other crazy.

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