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Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe: A Novel | [Fannie Flagg]

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe: A Novel

Folksy and fresh, endearing and affecting, Fried Green Here 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 11-02-11
    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 11-02-11 Member Since 2010

    Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.

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    "Better as audiobook"
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    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.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Sandy Norman, OK, United States 02-24-11
    Sandy Norman, OK, United States 02-24-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Fried Green Tomatoes"

    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!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Roseville, CA, United States 04-21-12
    Scott Roseville, CA, United States 04-21-12 Member Since 2006

    Don't you just love a great story well told?

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    "Curious What was Left Out of the Movie"
    Would you listen to Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe again? Why?

    I did, twice!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Endearing characters, everyone is so sweet.


    What does Lorna Raver bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Too many to count.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    MissSusie66 11-29-12
    MissSusie66 11-29-12 Member Since 2010

    MissSusie

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    "For Southern Fiction lovers"

    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!

    4 Stars

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Barry Petaluma, CA, United States 09-27-12
    Barry Petaluma, CA, United States 09-27-12 Member Since 2006

    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.

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    "A really enlightening compare and contrast"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Broadlands, VA, United States 03-06-14
    Sarah Broadlands, VA, United States 03-06-14 Member Since 2014
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    "GoodBook! Love characters. Not my type of book tho"
    Would you listen to Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe again? Why?

    No, it was for school. I didn't like the story that much.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Make it shorter and in order of time. It drags on at times and jumps around too much.


    What about Lorna Raver’s performance did you like?

    I liked her accent and the inflictions in her voice. Made it fun/funny.


    If you could take any character from Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Idgie! I love her spunk and the wild side of her. I can relate.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patti SHELBYVILLE, TN, United States 02-07-14
    Patti SHELBYVILLE, TN, United States 02-07-14 Member Since 2009
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    "excellent"
    Where does Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe to and why?

    Welcome to the World Baby Girl, Standing in the Rainbow... again both are excellent


    Any additional comments?

    Just a great book to listen too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer GEORGETOWN, TN, United States 08-19-13
    Amazon Customer GEORGETOWN, TN, United States 08-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Should be a classic!"
    What did you love best about Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe?

    It's your best friend book. I love it!!


    What other book might you compare Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe to and why?

    If Steel Magnolias was a book... :-)


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed, I cried and my husband made fun of me, haha.


    Any additional comments?

    I love the movie and I love the book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    elaine United States 11-20-12
    elaine United States 11-20-12 Member Since 2011

    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

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    "An all around great listen!"

    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!

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    linda United States Minor Outlying Islands 08-25-12
    linda United States Minor Outlying Islands 08-25-12 Member Since 2011
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    "What a fun listen and a great reader!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe the most enjoyable?

    This reader was an older lady and I felt like she was a dear old friend telling me a story!


    What does Lorna Raver bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I really got into the sense of an older lady's mind set


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but wanted it to last longer than that!!


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