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 .
Listener of music in words as I roll along, either in the car, or on the subway, or on my exercise bike.
I love the lovely southern accent used by Lorna Racer in reading this. I can just see Mrs Threadgoode and Evelyn Couch sitting there carrying in their afternoon conversations, and the many characters like Idgie, Ruth, Big George, Sipsey etc...
I am moved by the self discovery of Evelyn as she talked with Ninny over the course of about a year, listening to the exploits of long-ago folks. It is such a gentle and uplifting story.
The story repeatedly jumps from 1986 to different times in the previous 70 years and back to 1986. I should caution that the when the story returns to the past, it does not necessarily pick up chronologically from where it left off previously. For an audiobook, unlike a paperback, the dates are easily missed and one might get confused. But if you paid attention to the dates at the beginning of each chapter, this wouldn't be a problem.
Here's one of the best writers of our times. Though I have this book on my shelf & have read and re-read it, I loved re-re-reading (listening this time because of eye problems) it again. Such a moving story... but not one that has you in tears throughout because of the sly humor of the author and her characters. BTW, the narrator was a knockout. She did an awesome job of changing voices in a rapid-fire manner that really enhanced the story. She and the author made a great team. Anyone who loves a good novel should genuinely love this story.
Love & Light... Jade Dragon
Different than the movie, but still an amazing book. The details are so amazing, it transports you to Whistle Stop. I wish I could transport myself there and hang out in the cafe.
I love the characters and the dual plots. I'm always a sucker for a good story well told
I think I like Idgy Threadgood best. You can't beat a woman that knows her own mind.
The bee charmer
Loved the movie and now I love the book too.
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...
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