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 '30s 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....
©1987 Fannie Flagg (P)2010 Random House Audio
"The people in Miss Flagg's book are as real as the people in books can be. If you put an ear to the pages, you can almost hear the characters speak. The writer's imaginative skill transforms simple, everyday events into complex happenings that take on universal meanings." (Chattanooga Times)
"This whole literary enterprise shines with honesty, gallantry, and love of perfect details that might otherwise be forgotten." (Los Angeles Times)
"Admirers of the wise child in Flagg's first novel, Coming Attractions, will find her grown-up successor, Idgie, equally appealing. The book's best character, perhaps, is the town of Whistle Stop itself - too bad trains don't stop there anymore." (Publishers Weekly)
Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.
I read this book many years ago and recently saw the movie again on TV, which prompted me to look for it as an Audible title. Of course the story in the book is SO much richer than the movie - more enjoyable as an audiobook because of the wonderful reading by Lorna Raver - a very authentic old Southern lady's voice. I felt like Evelyn Couch sitting with Ninny, hearing her tell of Ruth and Idgie. This was a real treat, but I will caution readers not familiar with the story that there is racial content relevant to the early part of the 20th century that may be hard for some to take. If you can handle the social issues, this is a worthy read.
Don't you just love a great story well told?
I did, twice!
Endearing characters, everyone is so sweet.
If you've seen the movie first you will hear the voice of Jessica Tandy and Kathy Bates probably because the narration is so good. I don't know if this audiobook was produced after the movie but the best moments sound like the movie which is high praise. The many scenes and parts left out of the film are also narrated with the perfect tone.
Too many to count.
If you've seen the movie and liked it you will love the book. It's wonderful, sweet and entertaining and there is MORE of it. You can fall in love with "Idgy" Threadgood, Ninny Threadgood, and Evelyn all over again. You'll also finally understand why the Evelyn character yells "Towanda!" several times in the film.
Absolutely wonderful! I am a huge fan of the movie, but this book is much more delightful. It is hilarious! I laugh and laugh and laugh. The narrator, Lorna Raver, reminds me of Jessica Tandy from the movie. I haven't enjoyed a book this much in ages. I can recommend this book to anyone looking for a great sense of peace and lots of humor!
Both versions of the book are great!
I wish I could thank Lorna Raver personally for her incredible performance in this book. She made me smile, and she made me cry too -- many times! -- during the whole book.
This book has everything I as a southern fiction reader love, quirky characters, a little mystery and strong women. I have seen this movie many times but had never read the book and thought it was about time I remedied that with the audio version narrated by the always wonderful Lorna Raver.
I liked these characters so much, the true friendships were fabulous the way they all come together to protect their own, it made me want to live in Whistle Stop. I liked the back & forth in time through the storytelling. I wish Mrs. Threadgood had lived to see Evelyn’s transformation that she had so much to do with, I enjoyed this storyline of the empty nester trying to figure out who she is and loved her “coming of age” story. Of course Idgie is a great character a woman born way before her time and her relationship with Ruth is so special and I like how it is up to the reader if they are a lesbian couple or just good friends. Every character in this book brings something to the table and it is a book that stays with you.
As I said I listened to this on audio narrated by Lorna Raver who is always a perfect choice in southern fiction!
There are so many reviews of this book that I will leave you with if you like southern fiction this book is a must read!
Yes, this sticks to the movie but there is so much more. The newspaper clippings are like peeking in the window when Hollywood didn't know you were looking. I had never heard this narrator before but she was just perfect, although at times I thought I heard Miss Tandy shinning through. Completely Enjoyable trip to the Whistle Stop Cafe!
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I loved this book and I loved the movie too. The book is almost as good as The Help or The Kitchen House. I look forward to finding more novels like this.
My interests run to psychology, popular science, history, world literature, and occasionally something fun like Jasper Fforde. It seems like the only free time I have for reading these days is when I'm in the car so I am extremely grateful for audio books. I started off reading just the contemporary stuff that I was determined not to clutter up my already stuffed bookcases with. And now audio is probably 90% of my "reading" matter.
I finally got around to reading this after being a big fan of the movie for so many years. I was looking for more details, left out incidents, inner monologues, deeper motivations--the usual things that get cut out when novels hit the big screen. Surprisingly, there wasn't a whole lot of that. What there was instead was a bunch of raw material that was reworked and tightened up when whoever approached this book to make it into a screenplay. The choices they made make a fascinating study. I think they were brilliant. Fannie Flagg's book is very good, but she approached the story about Idgie and Ruth in a way that is more limited in its appeal. The movie gave the story more structure, and presented the Idgie and Ruth part more effectively and, ultimately, more appealingly. One of the things I like about the book that did not translate to the film is the scrapbook quality of piecing it all together from newspaper stories, letters, and other bits of old stuff. It's a charming book. Plus, it comes with recipes.
I laughed, cried, and lost track of the hustle and bustle of life listening to this beautiful story. My favorite moment was when the elephant came to see Naughty Bird. The movie was wonderful , but the book was like taking a vacation in the South .
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