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ePub A Christmas Blizzard download
Author:
Garrison Keillor
ISBN13:
978-1598879278
ISBN:
1598879278
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HighBridge Audio; Unabridged edition (November 10, 2009)
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A Christmas blizzard, Garrison Keillor. p. cm. eISBN : 978-1-101-15572-1.

A Christmas blizzard, Garrison Keillor. He thought maybe it was part of the dream, the masked men torturing him with a Christmas carol before tossing him to the sharks, and he lay waiting for the dream to evaporate, poof, so he could restart his sleep, but it was still there, that Christmas song he loathed and despised:I played my drum for Him, pa-rum-pum-pum-pum.

Gary Edward "Garrison" Keillor (born August 7, 1942) is an American author, storyteller, humorist, voice actor, and radio personality. He is best known as the creator of the Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) show A Prairie Home Companion (called Garrison Keillor's Radio Show in some international syndication), which he hosted from 1974 to 2016.

The inimitable Garrison Keillor spins "a Christmas tale that makes Dickens seem unimaginative by comparison" ( Charlotte Creative Loafing ) Snow is falling all across the Midwest as James Sparrow.

Why he must change plans and fly to Looseleaf Uncle Earl was the brightest penny in a handful of loose change.

Why he must change plans and fly to Looseleaf Uncle Earl was the brightest penny in a handful of loose change ile on the gloomy faces around him. He loved electricity

Stories, essays, poems, and personal reminiscences from the sage of Lake Wobegon.

Stories, essays, poems, and personal reminiscences from the sage of Lake Wobegon. When, at thirteen, he caught on as a sportswriter for the Anoka Herald, Garrison Keillor set out to become a professional writer, and so he has done-a storyteller, sometime comedian, essayist, newspaper columnist, screenwriter, poet.

181 pages ; 20 cm. Snow is falling all across Minnesota as Mr. and Mrs. James Sparrow awaken in their modest Minneapolis apartment. She adores Christmas; he loathes it. Bound for Christmas in Hawaii, Mr. Sparrow is abruptly summoned home to North Dakota. He arrives just in time to be trapped there by a blizzard. During his stay, he reaches an epiphany worthy of the season and resolves to simplify his life. Originally published in the United States by Viking Penguin in 2009.

A Christmas Blizzard book. The inimitable Garrison Keillor spins "a Christmas tale that makes Dickens seem unimaginative by comparison" (Charlotte Creative Loafing)

A Christmas Blizzard book. The inimitable Garrison Keillor spins a Christmas tale that. The inimitable Garrison Keillor spins "a Christmas tale that makes Dickens seem unimaginative by comparison" (Charlotte Creative Loafing). Snow is falling all across the Midwest as James Sparrow, a country- y-drink-tycoon, and his wife awaken in their sky- rise apartment overlooking Chicago.

It contains the usual Garrison Keillor silliness including long unpronouncable names repeated with frequency, an. .

It contains the usual Garrison Keillor silliness including long unpronouncable names repeated with frequency, an obsessive childhood fear of pump handles, and lots of quirky characters and situations. A cross between the A Christmas Carol and A Prairie Home Companion skit, A Christmas Blizzard by Garrison Keillor tells the story of a rich businessman living in Chicago who takes a trip to his hometown in North Dakota around Christmas. Although the characters and story line are interesting, I got the feeling that this was a short story that was "bulked" up to meet the needs of the publisher.

A Christmas Blizzard - Book Detail - University of Minnesota. n this charming departure from Lake Wobegon, bestselling author Garrison Keillor tells a hilarious and heartwarming tale of ambition, success and failure,. Love Me by Garrison Keillor (Softcover)

A Christmas Blizzard - Book Detail - University of Minnesota. I have to read at least one Christmas book during the season. This Garrison Keillor book was charming, fun and a bit strange. cover by Jim Tierney. A Christmas Blizzard, by Garrison Keillor. Love Me by Garrison Keillor (Softcover). Love Me cover design by Jamie Keenan (Penguin /. The illustration that ws used was one of the initial roughs as the subsequent drawings were too tight. Book list from motley mama.

A short comic novel about a Hawaii-bound holiday traveler who ends up stranded in his North Dakota hometown during a blizzard.A wealthy and depressed man (thanks to the economy he's not quite rich enough to expand his cache of paintings by Vincent Van Guy, the famed Dutch realist) bound for Christmas in the tropics is abruptly summoned home to North Dakota to visit an ailing aunt. He arrives just in time to be trapped there by a blizzard. The electricity goes out, and when it does, figures from his childhood appear, and historical figures too, for a festive candlelit holiday. In his reverie, our man reaches an epiphany worthy of the season-he hears the harkening angels sing, he is awed by the silence of the night (dead quiet: not even TV) and when he is finally rescued, leaves North Dakota resolved to simplify his life.
  • A weird, wonderful, prosaic romp through North Dakota during the Christmas holidays. At one point I thought Keillor had written this book while on "Acid" - yes folks, it's that trippy. His characters are indeed wonderful and the reader will remember them for a long time. This was my third reading of this book. At one point I did get a little lost, not knowing where James Swallow's dreams ended and reality set in. Parts of this tale are highly unbelievable like the old Greek mythic stories. The best part of the whole story is the author's expertise at slapstick followed by comic relief. This is not a serious tale like Dickens, but a really wacked-out parody of every Christmas tale you can imagine, especially when he goes into detail about family interactions on Christmas Eve night.

  • Mr. Keillor's story is about as realistic as a Looney Tune episode, but, oh, what a funny short fable it is. Well, HE calls it a fable, but the heck if I know what the moral of the story is supposed to be. No matter, the author delivers a work that is chock-full of hilarious deadpan lines. 'A Christmas Blizzard' is more in the bizarre nature of a Christopher Moore novel. Each character had its own eccentricities. Mr. Keillor is a Democrat and can't help occasionally lampooning the far-right mindset especially through the woman named Liz Wimmer. He also does pick on the New Age attitude, but nowhere near as much as on the conspiracy crowd. Also, the author's depiction of North Dakota winters isn't going to help draw in the tourists. That's for sure.

    'The Christmas Blizzard' has very little in the way of logical plot. It's a nonsensical journey with a ho-hum climax and a weird ending. Pick it up if you're looking for plenty of laughs and not a demanding read.

  • I picked this novel up because I wanted to read something in the spirit of the season. This is a book that is best read between Thanksgiving and Christmas Day so that the completely sugary coated ending does not ring absurdly hollow. One is more apt to swallow all that sugar at Christmas!
    I am a fan of Keillor's fiction because he has such a firm grasp of the Midwestern voice. However, this time out I sensed his mocking that voice too many times for my enjoyment. Usually I find a love and respect for the Midwest in Keillor's writing, this time I did not. Between that and the ridiculous symmetry of the novel's epilogue I was not overjoyed at this text.
    However, having said that, I enjoyed the read and would recommend it, with the reservations listed above. The plot is almost a contemporary Midwestern version of Dickens's "A Christmas Carol" where a man finds his soul in the midst of the holiday season. There are some genuinely laugh out loud moments in this book, and all of the characters are likable in their quirky ways. I especially enjoyed Keillor's tender rendering of the protagonist's marriage and his irrepressible love for a wife that he adores, but does not always know how to treat.
    The moral, such as it is, is that we all bear a little responsibility for kindness in this world, and the Christmas season is a very appropriate time to recognize and make new resolutions in that regard. I can't quibble all that much with a book that recognizes and extends that idea.

  • I bought Garrison Keillor's audio performance of his newest short novel to supplement the book, and to add to my collection of seasonal favorites. It is, in my opinion, an instant classic.

    This is a non-sectarian and gently humorous Christmas story with a pleasant Dickensian resonance: a successful businessman finds that his unhappy and long-ignored childhood memories are important to face, understand and forgive, to assure his future happiness.

    To read A Christmas Blizzard is but one way to enjoy Mr. Keillor's writing; to listen to him read this work aloud in his uniquely warm, soothing light baritone is something else again. I like to think the experience is akin to hearing Charles Dickens perform A Christmas Carol during one of his 19th century American tours -- a memorable event but, alas, unable to be preserved for posterity.

    Luckily, 21st century book lovers don't have to miss out on their favorite authors' readings of their own works. This, Mr. Keillor's fine vocal performance of A Christmas Blizzard is an endlessly repeatable and highly recommended event, as is almost anything he does. Like Charles Dickens, he is a national treasure.

  • I am a Garrison Keillor fanatic, and I puzzled over the star rating for a while before choosing five. This story is different; allegorical and more than a little mystical. Don't get me wrong, I still laughed out loud several times. I marveled over sentences that ran from one page through another,and shook my head, wondering," how does he come up with this stuff?", just as I always do.
    The beauty of A Christmas Blizzard is that it takes the reader places he never expected to go. If you think in similes, this book is like Charles Dickens meets Doug Adams on a peyote expedition with Carlos Casteneda.
    I started expecting one sort of story and got another. Upon reflection, I guess that is part of Keillor's genius, and the reason I keep coming back for more.

  • Bottom Line: I loved this audio rendition read by Keillor himself. I can't help but think that this book is the result of Garrison forgetting the mincemeat pie and sticking to the bourbon sauce.

    It is a wild tour-de-force that follows James Sparrow, a wealthy entrepreneur from Chicago and hater of the Christmas Holiday back to his roots in Loose Leaf North Dakota. His Christmas trip to Hawaii is detoured giving us a chance to meet the odd characters that are the genius of Keillor's mind. We have his dying uncle, his long suffering wife Joyce, a dead friend who is now a wolf, an undercover FBI agent to name a few.

    We have the fear of tongue's getting stuck to pump handles, Christmas tree fires, blizzards spent in fish shacks all set to a musical background of understated Christmas tunes. This is truly "Theater of the Mind" and will be an asset to your collections of holiday favorites. I highly recommend.