Lake Wobegon Days Summary
Keillor develops two main opposing themes, the nostalgic theme of how memory perfects childhood life in a small town, and the voluntary exile theme of how small town narrowness can be destructive of the spirit. Keillor as narrator fondly remembers both the fun and the terrors of childhood in Lake Wobegon, the fun of cat funerals, tomato fights, and the sleepwalking Lundberg family, and the terrors of walking to school in winter and of performing in school programs. On the other hand, he creates characters, many of whom are adolescents, who dream of a greater, more imaginative and adventurous life, a sort of life which is actively discouraged by the conservative culture of his town.
An unexamined puritanism pervades Lake Wobegon, leading its citizens to automatically disapprove of pleasure, comfort, leisure, imagination, and any kind of work which does not produce a tangible product. Although the people...
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Garrison Keillor Biographies (2)
1,745 words, approx. 6 pages
Garrison Keillor (born 1942), host of public radio's popular A Prairie Home Companion and author of the best-selling Lake Wobegon Days, has made a career of telling stories about the fictional Minneso...
6,377 words, approx. 22 pages
Born August 7, 1942 in Anoka, Minnesota, and christened Gary by his parents, John and Grace Denham Keillor. "I've lived all of my life in Minnesota. As a child, the Laura Ingalls Wilder books were spe...
Essays & Analysis (2)
5,421 words, approx. 19 pages
In the following essay, Kline analyzes the different narrative approaches Keillor uses in his monologues about Lake Wobegon.
Garrison Keillor's immensely popular Lake Wobegon episodes, recounte...
4,953 words, approx. 17 pages
In the following excerpt, Wilbers traces the common features of a mythical place exhibited by Keillor's Lake Wobegon.
… At a time when live radio programs are an anomaly and there seems ...