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)
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 .
First, I hardly ever leave reviews but I can't believe it got such good reviews. I wanted something like "at home in mitford" and this was recommended online as a book I would like if I liked mitford. First, it was hard to follow...perhaps in book form it would have been easier. It was not a "feel good" book like mitford. Also, cuss words..not tons but enough that I didn't care for it. Could not finish it.
It was hard to distinguish one character from another.
I wish I could get a refund...
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.
I'm an avid audible book listener. I am a huge fan of supernatural books and like stuff that is scary but well written. I live in Denver Co
I really enjoyed this story. It was easy to get into and I didn't want to stop listening. You could see and feel each character! An absolute girl read!
This reader was an older lady and I felt like she was a dear old friend telling me a story!
I really got into the sense of an older lady's mind set
Yes, but wanted it to last longer than that!!
I would listen to it again, not soon, but maybe later on in my life. It's a wonderful story. The whole idea of a pair of lesbians in the deep south in the 20's is just an entertaining story. The orator is very funny with her voice inflections. It's an entertaining listen.
The fact that it's about lesbians.
Lesbians in the early 20th century Alabama. Seriously? Dumb question.
In my experience the book is ALWAYS better than the movie... except for this time! I've read other books by Fannie Flagg and was entertained by them as I was somewhat entertained by this one. The movie is one of my all time favorites so I really didn't think I could go wrong with the purchase. The book was acceptable but not exceptional. I was also unimpressed by the narrator. I guess after Jessica Tandy, (the main narrator in the movie), ANYONE would be a disappointment! If you've never seen the movie you will probably love the book.. but I would suggest you see the movie.
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