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Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

Flagg, Fannie (Book - 1997 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

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Folksy and fresh, endearing and affecting, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe is the now-classic novel of two women in the 1980s; of gray-headed Mrs. Threadgoode telling her life story to Evelyn, who is in the sad slump of middle age. The tale she tells is also of two women--of the irrepressibly daredevilish tomboy Idgie and her friend Ruth--who back in the thirties ran a little place in Whistle Stop, Alabama, a Southern kind of Cafe Wobegon offering good barbecue and good coffee and all kinds of love and laughter, even an occasional murder. And as the past unfolds, the present--for Evelyn and for us--will never be quite the same again... "Airplanes and television have removed the Threadgoodes from the Southern scene. Happily for us, Fannie Flagg has preserved a whole community of them in a richly comic, poignant narrative that records the exuberance of their lives, the sadness of their departure. Idgie Threadgoode is a true original: Huckleberry Finn would have tried to marry her!" --Harper Lee, Author of To Kill a Mockingbird "A real novel and a good one... [from] the busy brain of a born storyteller." -- The New York Times "It's very good, in fact, just wonderful." -- Los Angeles Times "Funny and macabre." -- The Washington Post "Courageous and wise." -- Houston Chronicle
Authors: Flagg, Fannie
Title: Fried green tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
Publisher: New York : Fawcett Books, 1997, c1987.
Edition: 1st Ballantine Books ed.
Characteristics: 403 p. ;,22 cm.
Audience: 1000
Local Note: Accelerated Reader AR 56 10150
Reading Counts RC 75 10210
ISBN: 0449911357
Statement of Responsibility: Fannie Flagg
Study Program: Accelerated Reader AR UG 5.6 15.0 Quiz: 8658.
Reading Counts RC High School 7.5 21.0 Quiz: 14323 Guided reading level: NR.
Subject Headings: Female friendship Alabama Fiction. Women Alabama Fiction. Alabama Fiction.
Topical Term: Female friendship
LCCN: 96097066
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Aug 23, 2014
  • robhoma rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Read the book. Watch the movie. Both are great but different in their own ways. Both stories stand true to the theme of the novel in honoring nontraditional Southern families before television had homogenized society.

Another Bravo for Fannie Flagg. Two women meet in a nursing home. One is visiting. One is a resident. Evelyn befriends Mrs. Threadgood, together they review their lives. Mrs. Threadgood finds her way home, and Evelyn finds her way forward using lessons learned from Mrs. Threadgood. The people in both their lives are well drawn and can teach us many life lessons about kindness to ourselves and others.

Jun 19, 2014
  • barkylee15 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Even though I had watched the movie before, I still really enjoyed this novel. It was sweet, quirky, funny and just a good dose of southern comfort. My only (minor) beef I had was the switching around and sequence of narratives-but it strangely didn't deter too much. I really want to try some of the recipes for southern cooking!

Aug 07, 2013
  • artemishi rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Fannie Flagg is definitely a storyteller. In the style of Garrison Keilor and other "old-time" storytellers, she weaves a story about a town, and the people within it, with graceless ease. Each character has a distinctive voice, and the book is filled with well-blended humor and poignancy. It captures an era (ok, several eras), and is compelling in the diversity of personalities (that somehow stay contemporary in design). I really enjoyed this (much better than the movie!), and I recommend it for anyone looking for a touching and mostly-cheerful light read.

Nov 09, 2012
  • sara_eglise rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I found this book to be a bit slower and more topical than I had expected after seeing the movie. I have to say, I found the movie much better, which almost never happens!

Feb 05, 2010
  • holliewood rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I realyy enjoy fannie flaggs books. I can just picture her sitting there and telling the story.


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May 30, 2008
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