Mar 29, 2020
A Christmas Blizzard
Posted by Garrison Keillor

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.

  • Title: A Christmas Blizzard
  • Author: Garrison Keillor
  • ISBN: 9781598879278
  • Page: 405
  • Format: Audio CD
  • 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

    Rebbie

    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 Norma [...]


    Jessaka

    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, common p [...]


    Peter Monn

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


    Patrick

    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 taken for w [...]


    Becca

    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 read it That s b [...]


    Maria

    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 James S [...]


    Hannah

    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 whimsical se [...]


    Judy

    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.


    Catherine

    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 easily convince friends to read it At any rate, The Washington Post Book World liked it a lot too, i [...]


    Rachel

    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 on [...]


    ConnieKuntz

    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 cl [...]


    Karen

    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 it [...]


    Newton Wise

    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 and l [...]


    Gary Anderson

    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 Truma [...]


    Megan Richardson

    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.


    Sheila

    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.


    Loraine

    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.


    NancyInWI

    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.


    Chris

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


    Pam

    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 different b [...]


    Brian

    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 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 [...]


    Leslie

    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 dreaming, t [...]


    Greg

    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 darker [...]


    Roberta

    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 fishing shack o [...]


    Judy

    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 perfectly the r [...]


    Carol E.

    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 why not [...]


    Jayna

    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.


    Nancy Brady

    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 joy with his wacky family including a surprise from his wife Joyce in North Dakota 2 stars actuallyme very humorous moments, others not so much.


    Tammy Armstrong-trozzi

    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


    Michelle

    Upper midwest meets magical realism Normally I find Keillor hilarious, but this didn t work to me.



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