Virgil Wander

Virgil Wander

Book - 2018
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mlhadley1
Mar 22, 2021

Reviewed by Sunny in the Pioneer== sounds like a GREAT bood.

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book_pg43
Sep 07, 2020

I can't really add much to what has already been posted about this book. I read this and Peace Like A River and I will comment that both stories contain a mysterious, kind of magical character in them. The character in Peace Like A River has religious and miraculous aspects that seem to be a saving grace, at times, for others in the story. However, the one in Virgil Wander is definitely a dark and sinister presence, but one whose essence and connections to events are mysterious and, perhaps, can only be suspected. Of the two books, Virgil Wander is my favorite. I read it twice.

Lmb9511 Sep 18, 2019

I echo the comments made -- this is a good read with chortles where you'd least expect them. Lake Wobegon in the rust belt, where all adults have two jobs, where teenagers are waiting to leave, (famous people, including Bob Dylan have already left) . Legends that may be true, mysteries waiting to be solved, a host of fascinating characters and surprises.

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nancyau12
Sep 02, 2019

Highly recommended by BookBub & gets excellent reviews

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EmilyEm
Apr 27, 2019

Virgil Wander, the city clerk and theater owner in a small North Shore Minnesota town, tells the story of a few months when an unlikely stranger comes to town. Wonderful characters, pitch perfect prose. Deserves all the praise it’s gotten.

AnnabelleLee27 Mar 21, 2019

A dreamy, meandering, melancholy novel told in the style of magical realism. The novel is not action driven but rather explores the quirky and heartfelt characters. The prose is skillful and satisfying.

ontherideau Jan 08, 2019

I would love to have a conversation with this man of phrases such as "a magician's bouquet of vibrant regrets". The story could be ho hum written by anyone else.
"The surface of everything is thinner than we know. A person can fall right through, without any warning at all."

mko123 Dec 10, 2018

Virgil Wander wakes up in the hospital in Duluth after his Pontiac has careened into the icy waters of Lake Superior. He looks at his life anew now. Should he sell his beloved Empress theater that only draws a few teenagers a week , and leave this dying old mining town? Well, a mysterious kite-flying Norwegian, looking for traces of his long lost son, shows up and life take an almost magical twist. Leif Enger deeply loves the Mid-West: he has the ability to take ordinary, tough events in life and reframe them to reveal the marvelous and mystical. His book Peace Like a River is my all time favorite.

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maipenrai
Nov 15, 2018

Mr. Enger has a gentle style with Minnesota stories that remind me of Jon Hassler. ( If you want to read one of the best books ever, choose "Staggerford".) His development of characters is excellent. I recommend this book. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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maipenrai
Nov 15, 2018

Mr. Enger has a gentle style with Minnesota stories that remind me of Jon Hassler. ( If you want to read one of the best books ever, choose "Staggerford".) His development of characters is excellent. I recommend this book. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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furlan
Oct 20, 2018

Enger writes beautiful prose. This is a relaxing quirky story but the ending seemed disjointed from the feel of the novel. Not much of story, magical realism and nice characters.

DCLadults Oct 18, 2018

A New & Noteworthy Best of 2018 pick. Written with love, care, and a bit of whimsy, the inhabitants of a small Minnesota town bordering on Lake Superior come to life. Enger’s first book after 10 years is a joy to read.

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niceauntie
Oct 02, 2018

This book, with it's lovable quirky characters was a comforting and satisfying read. I would say it is perfect for anyone that enjoys the quirky characters and tone of Fredrick Backman's books.

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darladoodles
Sep 26, 2018

The town of Greenstone is filled with quirky characters and Virgil Wander sees them all in a different light (especially himself) after he is rescued from the bottom of Lake Superior. I love the way he describes himself as "the former tenant" when he knows he is saying or doing something that is out of character. The old Norwegian who shows up and enthralls the town with his kites is an fascinating element to the story. Then there is Adam Leer, the prodigal son. He definitely has a dark side and remains a man of mystery throughout adding depth to the plot. Will Virgil actually live up to his name and leave Greenstone? Is the missing baseball player really dead or just a run away? Can Greenstone renew itself and come out of the shadow of the taconite processing plant?


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