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)
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!
I'm just a guy who hates Small talk, thanks to audible and a good set of ear buds. Not shopping, not even waiting rooms are a problem.
Real southern writing
Idgie.... Of course
Been done.... But if I did the movie.... "Fried green tomatoes ..... Girl on girl in the hot south"
Rare that I can call a book a pleasure, but that's exactly what this. The writing the narration mix like chocolate and peanut butter. As a person from the south I often feel pandered to, and incorrectly. This... You can tell within the first 5 mins.... Is written by a person from the south, or written WHILE in the south... And if the narrator isn't from the south, give that girl an Oscar.
I'm on the fence. I would like to listen to it again because I had a hard time keeping the different characters straight because the narrator made them all sound the same. At the same time, I don't really like the narrator, so I'm not sure I want to listen to her again.
I'd compare this to "The Help". Southern story about women during changing times.
No. Not at all. I had a hard time telling they were different at all. Some had an older sounding voice, but it was hardly noticeable.
I loved it when Evelyn started finding her self worth and confidence.
If you loved the movie, it's a good one to read. I struggled with the narrator though.
Wine, food and travel writer, editor, and aspiring novelist.
This story grows in overlapping layers, one small piece at a time, and captures the zeitgeist of the 1930s, the changes wrought in the 1950s and 1960s, and leaves us with a different society in the mid-1980s when the book was written. In spanning so many decades, it captures the epic scope of simple lives, and the impact each woman has on her community. It starts as a folksy, chatty narrative, but the multiple threads of the story weave together a complex tale by the end. The narrator was also terrific at differentiating the many characters. If you like character-driven fiction, you'll love this book.
A book about the people of a small rural community in Alabama. I loved the movie - then read the book years ago. So I decided to revisit it via audible during my summer break from school. As I said earlier it's perfect. But besides the entertainment value it gives one a glimpse into life in the south from the early to the late part of the 20th century - the interwoven stories of all the characters helped me remember that we are all interconnected no matter where we live or when we have lived.
No, it was for school. I didn't like the story that much.
Make it shorter and in order of time. It drags on at times and jumps around too much.
I liked her accent and the inflictions in her voice. Made it fun/funny.
Idgie! I love her spunk and the wild side of her. I can relate.
I have watched the movie many times, but the book by far, is sooo much better. Of course I am a big fan of Fannie Flagg and love all her books.
Welcome to the World Baby Girl, Standing in the Rainbow... again both are excellent
Just a great book to listen too.
It's your best friend book. I love it!!
If Steel Magnolias was a book... :-)
I laughed, I cried and my husband made fun of me, haha.
I love the movie and I love the book!
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