About the book
Lake Wobegon Days is the marvellous chronicle of an imaginary place located somewhere in the middle of the state (but not on the map) and named after an Indian word meaning ‘Here we are!’ or ‘We sat all day in the rain waiting for you.’ From the narrator – a skinny Protestant kid fascinated by the Catholic church – we learn of the town’s beginnings and of the settlers who made their lives there.
Reviewed by Queen Mary’s College Library Reading Group
A fictional account of the history of a small town in Minnesota. Some of us had fond memories of hearing the author read this book on Radio 4 years ago. Reading it ourselves was a different matter – most of us found it pretty hard going, difficult to get into and tedious to wade through all the spoof footnotes, and large cast of Norwegian-American characters which padded out the book enormously. There was a general feeling that things improved from about the middle of the book, however, with lots of witty passages, but on the whole, we found it hard going.