Monday, October 22, 2007

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"Evelyn was an insomniac so when they say she died in her sleep, you have to question that."

If the first line of a book doesn't capture your attention, do you continue reading? Maybe through the first paragraph? Or the first page? Or do you base your book choice on the blurb on the book jacket:

"In Lake Wobegon lives a good Lutheran lady who is quite prepared to die and wishes to be cremated and her ashes placed inside a bowling ball and dropped into the lake, no prayers, no hymns, thank you very much."

Pontoon by Garrison Keillor is about the little town of Lake Wobegon. The characters are very colorful, and their stories are entertaining. This is the first time I have read Keillor (after discovering him on Prairie Home Companion). This was a great read, and I will be looking for more of the same at our local library.


June said...

I didn't realize Keillor had authored books. These little excerpts are witty and makes me think I'd enjoy the read.

Pam said...

Keillor is one of my favs, both his books and his recordings. His books/recordings on tape have accompanied me on many long and lonely trips.


andsewitis Holly said...

Sounds like a good book. I'll check my local library.