|Plot Summary of Lake Wobegon Summer 1956|
|"Keillor's "heavily autobiographical" 2001 novel of a 14-year-old boy's summer in Lake Wobegon, Minnesota concerns: the clash between the conservative religious values of his family and town, and the fascinating porn magazine "High School Orgy" lent to him by a friend; his adoration of his older cousin Kate; his unpleasant and self-righteous older sister's unrelenting torment of him; his discovery of his calling as a writer; and all the eccentric and hilarious types that populate a typical Midwestern town. The book contains much of the laughs one expects from Keillor, but with more of a bittersweet edge and characters the reader truly comes to care about."
David Loftus, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Lake Wobegon Summer 1956|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Tone of book?
Time/era of story
Kids growing up/acting up?
- religious influences
Inside culture (main char)
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Outside culture (society)
- American Midwest
If story of urban/rural...
- Small town life
Age group of kid(s) in story:
- high school
Parents/lack of parents problem?
- rebelling against parent's expectations
- a teen
- White (American)
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Cynical sense of humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 4 ()
Small town people:
- nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee
- dumb Rednecks, like Gomer Pyle
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- descript of kissing
- actual description of hetero sex
- descript. of female anat. (the big B's)
Amount of dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
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