Book Genre: Fiction, Holiday, Humor
Book Series: N/A
Released: 10/25/11 by Penguin Books
Pages: 181 Price: $14.00 Paperback
Buy the Book: Amazon A Christmas Blizzard: A Novel
Source: I borrowed this book from my library
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- bumpkin-turned-energy-drink-tycoon, and his wife awaken in their sky- rise apartment overlooking Chicago. Even down with the stomach bug, Mrs. Sparrow yearns to see The Nutcracker while James yearns only to escape-the faux-cheer, the bitter cold, the whole Christmas season. An urgent phone call from his hometown of Looseleaf, North Dakota, sends James into the midst of his lunatic relatives and a historic blizzard. As he hunkers weather the storm, the electricity goes out and James is visited by a parade of figures who deliver him an epiphany worthy of the season, just in time to receive Mrs. Sparrow’s wonderful Christmas gift. Garrison Keillor’s holiday farce is the perfect gift for the millions of fans who tune into A Prairie Home Companion every week.
It took me a week to get through this 181-page story that should be enough to tell you what I thought of it. This was a book that was selected for a book talk at the library where I work so please know that I did not select this title on my own. If I had I would have DNF it after 20 pages and you would not have this review. But I did read it and feel that has earned me the right to criticize it.
This story sucked. Majorly. It started off coherent and then took a nose dive into strangeville about half-way through. The characters were all over the place and I struggled to find one that I even liked. Lots of stereotypes that were meant to be funny but did not come off that way to me, more offensive in my opinion. There is actually supposed to be a lot of humor in this story but I don’t think that I laughed once. There was also too much talking about politics for a Christmas story for me. The ending fit the book in that it came totally out of left field and did not make sense. The book is just trying too hard to be a Christmas miracle and come off as weird or stupid.
The only redeeming quality that this book held for me is that it was short but somehow I still ended up wasting a week on it. I’m not a fan of Christmas. I’m not a fan of folksy humor. This is simply not a book for me and I don’t think I will be picking up anything else by this author.
My Rating: 1 Star