Rhubarb is one of the four Stories from the Collection Lake Wobegon USA HighBridge Audio has recently released on CD. The four News From Lake Wobegon stories by Garrison Keillor date back to 1991. They are Rhubarb, Sweet Corn, The Sun’s Gonna Shine Someday, and Yellow Ribbon.
Rhubarb is a very good story. It is also an easy to figure out metaphor. Dorothy of the Chatterbox Café bakes a batch of rhubarb pies and the folks in Lake Wobegon partake in the feast. Rhubarb is a free, bittersweet vegetable that anyone can grow and does not have any advertising campaign; rhubarb is pretty much like happiness.
The closing story on Lake Wobegon U.S.A Rhubarb, Yellow Ribbon, has the roof collapsing on the old movie theatre and Keillor waxing poetically on being a teenager and movie theatres. The core of his story however is about individuality and social pressure: Clint Bunsen of Bunsen Motors buys a wood sculpture that might shock people and so be bad for business; David Tollerud is the only student at the high school who does not wear a yellow ribbon (the first Gulf war) and gets a lot of grief and a suspension for it.
The question asked here is when things are hard, why make them harder? David Tollerud learns being an individual is hard in a place where the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average.
Sweet Corn is a rather different story about an older couple eloping. It does take a while to get going but it is fun. The Sun’s Gonna Shine Someday has a sculpture of a naked woman falling off the Mercantile building. It is a decent story but not particularly memorable.
Fans of Lake Wobegon CD collections will appreciate the fact the four CDs in the stories from Lake Wobegon U.S.A kept the same uniform design as the original tape release so the collection looks good together
Other Garrison Keillor Reviews
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A Prairie Home Companion It's Only A Show: Prairie Home Companion compilation from HighBridge Audio,
Comedy Theater: For those who remember a kinder, gentler Prairie Home Companion
Gospel Birds: This Garrison Keillor CD is definitely better than what we have heard in the last couple of years or so as News From Lake Wobegone
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More News From Lake Wobegon: the stories from More News From Lake Wobegon are funny
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Songs Of The Cat: Any cat lover must have this very funny Garrison Keillor CD
Mother, Father, Uncle, Aunt: 2 Garrison Keillor CD set from when Wobegon was not political.
WLT A Radio Romance: How often do you get to suggest to a novelist to stick to the news?
A Prairie Home Companion Commercial Radio: great compilation comedy CD of Prairie Home Companion commercials
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A Prairie Home Companion - The Movie: Decent movie version of Garrisson Keillor Lake Wobegone radio show
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Pontoon A Lake Wobegon Novel - Audio Book - Capsule Review: A bowling ball containing the ashes of a Lake Wobegon resident is scheduled to be dropped in the lake as another is having a wedding ceremony on it.
Pontoon A Lake Wobegon Novel - Audio Book Full Review: Better as an audiobook than as a paperback.
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English Majors A comedy collection for the highly literate: Perfect gift for the college graduate and funny too.
A Prairie Home Companion - Duets: A who's who of music and the American songbook.
A Prairie Home Companion 4th Annual Farewell Performance: A 2 CD Prairie Home Companion set with more music and less talk.
A Prairie Home Companion 2nd Annual Farewell Performance: A few skits, lots of music including the Everly Brothers: a solid show
A Prairie Home Companion Final Performance: The first final performance. Good but not the best.
A Prairie Home Companion 3rd Annual Farewell Performance: Good stuff including a 2 part 40-minute News From Lake Wobegon
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A Christmas Blizzard: A non-Lake Wobegon Christmas yarn is decent enough.
Prairie Home Comedy - Radio Songs & Sketches: Lots and lots of musical comedy plus some short skits.
Church People - The Lutherans of Lake Wobegon: Lots of Lutheran based humor the kids are not going to get.
Motherhood: Not quite as good as expected and very loosely about motherhood
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