Books: Main Street's Shy Revisionist

HAPPY TO BE HERE by Garrison Keillor

Atheneum; 210 pages; $11.95

Garrison Keillor is the somewhat moonstruck and lately much celebrated rustic whimsyfier whose monologues from Lake Woebegon, Minn., embellish Public Radio's Saturday evening country-music broadcasts. The first response of an uninitiated listener is likely to be, "That fellow is being funny," and the second, uttered with reproach, "No, that fellow is being serious."

What gives Keillor's comic voice its amiable singularity in this excellent first collection of sketches and stories is a quality hard to describe without making him seem fatuous and the describer...

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