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.
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If you love Garrison Keillor you will probably appreciate it. Different from written book.
Being a fan of Mr. Keillor I may be just a tad more able to enjoy this strange story. First off know this-it is WAY better than the written one. The audiobook was totally changed to make it more interesting and being read by him is so much better. At first I thought the book was just plain weird. But I have now listened to it about four times and it grew on me. If you like Garrison you will laugh. But as the story progresses you will find yourself thinking "Where is he going with this? This is odd." but I think for fans it is worth it anyway. I would not buy the original book and read it-it is not as good as this audiobook version for sure. I think the price is a bit high though.