A Christmas Blizzard

A Christmas Blizzard 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 enou

  • Title: A Christmas Blizzard
  • Author: Garrison Keillor
  • ISBN: 9781598879278
  • Page: 132
  • Format: Audio CD
  • 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 ailA 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.

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    1. James Sparrow is a depressed but extremely wealthy man who does his best to avoid the cheery Christmas holiday as well as his hometown of Looseleaf. A dying uncle calls him home to say goodbye, and an act of nature via a blizzard makes him stay long enough to experience magical things that make him re-evaluate his life, who he is and what he stands for.Garrison Keillor reigns supreme as the all-American storyteller of better days gone by. Nobody tells stories quite like he does; he's like the No [...]

    2. A Bizarre Christmas Book, Our Daily Press Interviews Our Book Group, and Hallmark Christmas MoviesOur small town Daily Press sent a young man to interview our book group while we were reviewing this lovely book. Lovely. No, bizarre and boring. Still, we had a fun meeting showing off our skills to the press and delighting him with our waywardness, I think. Anyway, in his email to me he said he had a fun time. And Sunday the article was on the front page of the paper. Small towns are like that, co [...]

    3. What an amazingly wonderful Christmas story. I’ll post my full review on my booktube channel at Youtube/peterlikesbooks

    4. Just finished listening to this on audiobook. Simply said, I enjoyed it. It was a funny, quirky, tongue-in-cheek little Christmas story. What I especially liked is that it's a Christmas story that is also making fun of the the cliche of Christmas stories. Hence the tongue-in-cheekness. What's even better, is that it's *not* another version of A Christmas Carol. Huzzah for someone doing something new. If you show up expecting a Lake Wobegon story, I can see how people would be disappointed. But t [...]

    5. Maybe it's because I've never read Keillor's work. Maybe it's because I haven't exactly had a good Christmas season this year. Maybe it's because I just wasn't in the mood. Or maybe, just maybe, this book was just a wee bit boring. And confusing. And weird in a way I just couldn't get down with.Was it real? Was it a hallucination? Was it just a waste of time?I just could not get through this book. Let me explain it this way: the book is short - 100 or so pages - and it took me over a week to rea [...]

    6. Book Title: The Christmas BlizzardAuthor: Garrison KeillorGenre: General Fiction, HumorRating: 4 StarsFormat: Book on CDIf you've ever listened to Garrison Keillor on "A Prairie Home Companion" telling the tales of Lake Woebegon, you'll know what a joy it is to listen to a storyteller weave a tale that amuses and teaches, all at the same time.I'm still not sure exactly what happened here, but I had a ripping good time listening to it while driving around town for the past week. It's the story of [...]

    7. I FINALLY finished this. I thought I would be in love with every single moment of this novel. And I was--for the first hour or so (I listened to it). I really love Garrison Keillor. He is warm, comforting, and funny, and I thought there could be nothing better than a Garrison Keillor Christmas tale. After all, the Prairie Home Companion Christmas special is always my favorite episode of the year. However, this just didn't work out.An entire novel by Garrison Keillor was a little too much. His wh [...]

    8. This starts off wonderfully, but I think it comes slightly unstuck with some supernatural content, which isn't Keillor's natural territory. However, his humour and vivid depiction of smalltown life still make it well worth reading.

    9. This was a Christmas gift -- and it's true, at first I groaned a little, because receiving a Christmas-themed book seemed a little predictable. But this book is really witty. It's packed with wit, in my opinion, and is creative and frequently original. The writing is nice, and in general it's just a great story. I wish it had a different title, like Persimmon Portentitudes, or whatever, so that I could more easily convince friends to read it. At any rate, The Washington Post Book World liked it [...]

    10. Chicago millionaire James Sparrow wants to spend Christmas in Hawaii in order to escape from his lifelong fear that he will put his tongue on an iron pump handle and it will freeze there. So. Anyway.On his way to Hawaii, he stops in North Dakota to visit a dying uncle and ends up stranded when a blizzard moves in. He decides to stay in an ice-fishing cabin on a frozen lake, where he's visited by various people both real and imaginary, including a wolf who's the reincarnation of a friend who died [...]

    11. Garrison Keillor is so distinctively silly and mature and dark and optimistic that I just want to sit down with him and ask him all sorts of inappropriate questions that are none of my business. It is because of this curiosity that I enjoy reading his books so much. Listening to him on NPR is great fun and I definitely enjoyed his performance and craftsmanship in the film A Prairie Home Companion, but it's through his writing that I feel most rejuvenated.Through the airwaves, his characters are [...]

    12. The book overall didn't knock my socks off, but it was an interesting, fun read and had great dialogue that made me laugh out loud several times throughout the book. There are also some surprisingly deep comments made among the banter, and I liked that because I like anything that makes me go, "huh, I hadn't thought of it that way." I feel it's the type of book that I'm going to have to let marinate in my mind for a while, and when I come back in a few weeks/months, I can write what I got out of [...]

    13. I stopped enjoying christmas over a decade ago, and it bothers me. Which is part of the reason I decided to read this. And I'm glad I did. I've been a Keillor fan most of my life, but I haven't listened to his show or picked up one of his books in years, and this reminded me of why I love him. Comforting, funny, left me feeling soothed, like I was laying on the couch in my childhood home listening to PHC, although this was darker than his usual fare. Will I find myself able to pay keen interest [...]

    14. I'm a Garrison Keillor fan but this take-off of A Christmas Carol didn't do it for me. I almost gave it two stars, but it was laugh-out-loud funny in some places. The main character is completely unappealing but while Ebenezer Scrooge gradually comes to grips with his miserable self, this guy never really does, and his hallucinations are just kind of goofy and not really the kind of thing that would turn anybody around.I'm still a fan, but Mr. Keillor missed with this one. It's time to re-read T [...]

    15. Definitely not the best Keillor. Sort of a cross between "A Christmas Carol" and "Skipping Christmas" but nowhere near as good. Normally I enjoy Keillor's folksy humor but it didn't really come through in this novella. I found that it did help if I heard Keillor himself reading it in my head, but my favorite part of this book was that it was over quickly.

    16. I loved this, but I grew up in North Dakota and the humor struck a chord with me. I actually listened to it on CD in the authors wonderfully resonant voice. Caught myself laughing out loud several times with tears in my eyes.

    17. I did not care for the storyline or writing style in this book. It was very slow moving, rambling, and incohesive in my opinion. I have heard good things about Garrison Keilor's books, but this one did not catch my attention.

    18. Had this book not been short, I probably would've stopped reading it about midway through. Probably one of the worst Christmas books I've ever read. It was just plain silly and weird. Garrison Keillor's sense of humor got old very fast. I cannot believe I actually finished this book.

    19. What could have been a touching and funny Christmas reclamation story takes a bizarre, unexplained turn toward the end that undoes the whole experience.

    20. I recently attended one of the most interesting book club meetings ever. To be sure, the opinions are usually quite mixed but generally friendly. Last night’s discussion, however, was completely different.I was about the only person in the group who enjoyed the book. I thought it a fun, light, silly poke at Christmas movies and mankind.I was in the minority (not a new feeling, for sure). As the discussions heated up we noticed a few disturbing points and it seemed as if everyone had read a dif [...]

    21. 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 [...]

    22. Although I had picked up a copy of this book last winter, when the audiobook came along, I couldn't resist. I remember my father saying, years ago, that Garrison Keillor could read the phone book and it would be worth listening to.Excellent choice, listening to this novel. Even though I always hear Keillor's voice when I read his books, this audiobook was a fun experience. At the very beginning, when the main character--one James Sparrow, who hates Christmas--awakens and thinks he's still dreami [...]

    23. Not much to say about this onejust a little weird. I had heard good things about Garrison Keilor's writing, and I tend to like Christmas stories, so I thought I'd try this one out. I don't think I'll read anything else by Keilor. It wasn't bad, just not in a style I like. There was one thoughtful passage, though."You are the benefactor of great kindness. And you have no idea how much goodness is lavished on the world by invisible hands. Small, selfless deeds engender tremendous force against the [...]

    24. This short book is a wacky version of Dickens's A Christmas Carol set in Loose Leaf, North Dakota. It is fun and quick. Parts of it are laugh-aloud funny. It starts out with a description of the main character, James Sparrow, who hates Christmas, and is married to Joyce, who loves everything about it. James' digital iClock wakes him up singing things like "O come all ye faithful/Fearful and deluded/ Come ye, O come ye to North Dakota." He calls himself "winter impaired" but spends time in a fish [...]

    25. A cross between Dicken's "A Christmas Carol" and Grishom's "Skipping Christmas" with a little extra twist in the end.Not the best Keillor but still good. One quote I want to keep - I have gotten lazy about wrapping packages but this pricked my conscience."What's important is not the cash value of the gift but the loving intention of the giver - and you show this by how the gift - even the $1.69 bottle of Swank cologne - is wrapped. The recipient hold this work of art in his hands and notices how [...]

    26. This is a short novel, somewhat on the Christmas Carol theme. A guy who hates Christmas ends up being stuck in a blizzard. Various things happen, and he has a change of heart.Reading this book was like listening to Keillor do his Lake Wobegon monologues. He wanders off the topic into surprising and varied territory, but always comes back and ties it up nicely. I love how his mind wanders and creates. Very imaginative.I enjoyed this book a lot. If you're a total realist you might not; then again [...]

    27. I did not finish this. Which is sad since it is so short. From the beginning, the style was very stuffy. The main character referred to himself as Mr. Sparrow, and his wife as Mrs. Sparrow. He was a very Scrooge-like person, hating Christmas. He wanted to go off to Hawaii and skip it all together. I think of Christmas books as happy. Maybe this ends up happy in the end, but I really didn't care to find out.

    28. A Christmas Carol story with a Garrison Keillor sensibility that finds a man, James Sparrow, wishing he was in Hawaii for Christmas, but finding a bit more joy with his wacky family (including a surprise from his wife Joyce) in North Dakota. 2½ stars actuallyme very humorous moments, others not so much.

    29. A weird modern day Christmas Carol story. Strange and really made no sense and at some points was unbelievable. It didn't fill me with a tremendous amount of Christmas spirit when the story was done. I just shook my head and said "WEIRD"!

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