HomeGroupsTalkZeitgeist
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop…
Loading...

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe (1987)

by Fannie Flagg

Other authors: See the other authors section.

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingConversations / Mentions
5,416103801 (4.12)1 / 247
  1. 60
    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer (Caramellunacy)
    Caramellunacy: Both stories are bittersweet - tales of hardship, prejudice and hope although they are set in very different places and very different times. Both are heartwarming, but best of all, both stories also had me laughing uproariously at one point or other. Fried Green Tomatoes jumps around but describes life, race relations and murder in a small Southern town during the Great Depression. Shaffer's novel deals with the occupation (and its aftermath) of the small Channel Island of Guernsey during WWII.… (more)
  2. 40
    Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns (citygirl)
  3. 10
    Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind by Ann B. Ross (BookshelfMonstrosity)
  4. 10
    Divining Women by Kaye Gibbons (shesinplainview)
    shesinplainview: In both books two women become close, one provides protection for the other from an abusive husband.
  5. 00
    The Well and the Mine by Gin Phillips (historycycles)
  6. 00
    Truelove & Homegrown Tomatoes : A Novel by Julie L. Cannon (bucketyell)
  7. 00
    Interior Life by Katherine Blake (infiniteletters)
Loading...

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

English (93)  Italian (3)  French (2)  Danish (1)  Spanish (1)  Catalan (1)  Dutch (1)  All languages (102)
Showing 1-5 of 93 (next | show all)
This book for me is a solid 4.5 stars.

I am so glad that I found this book at the library and decided to read it.

I adored Mrs Threadgoode and all of the characters of Whistle Stop. I loved watching Evelyn grow into a stronger woman and develop a lot more confidence in herself as the story went along.

How the people stood together, stuck up for one another: black and white alike. Even stood up against the KKK!

But of the whole story, my favorites of course were Mrs. Threadgoode, Dot Weems, Sipsey & Idgie! Like I said, I loved them all, but those were my top favorites! The only reason I only gave it a 4.5 out of 5 stars was because there were some parts of the book I got kind of bored with. There were some stories that she talked about some people that just didn't really interest me but I am glad she put it in there still because I would have wondered what ever happened to many of them.

The ending had it's sadness and I hated to see some things end, but, there is one part at the end that will have you smiling and so happy! I just couldn't help but smile at the last couple of pages.

The love that all the characters had for each other was just amazing. Even for the time it was set in most of the story, and to see the love many whites had for their black friends and how they took up for each other in so many ways. How, even during the tough times, they were willing to still give to each other whenever they could.

This book is just about the love of family, friends and friends who become each others families!

There isn't a whole lot I can say without giving away too many spoilers for those who haven't read the book or seen the movie. I just enjoyed this little town called Whistle Stop, Alabama and it's cafe that was the center of their little world! It had me wanting to find a small little town with that same amount of love some where! (Just without all the racism of course! lol) ( )
  MsBridgetReads | Jul 8, 2014 |
'The cafe...funny how a little knockabout place like that brought so many people together', June 19, 2014

This review is from: Fried Green Tomatoes At The Whistle Stop Cafe (Kindle Edition)
Evelyn Couch is a depressed overweight woman in her 50s. This novel follows her progress as she visits an elderly woman in a nursing home. The reminiscences of the latter of Alabama life in the 1930s, the poverty and racism but simultaneously the sense of community, become vivid to her:

'Lately, to get her mind off that cold gun and pulling the trigger, she would close her eyes and force herself to hear Mrs Threadgoode's voice and if she breathed deep and concentrated she would soon see herself in Whistle Stop. She would walk down the street and go in Opal's beauty shop...After a comb-out she would stop by to visit with Dot weems at the post office and then on to the cafe where she could see everyone so clearly...She would order lunch and Wilbur Weems and Grady Kilgore would wave to her...Everyone would ask her how she was and the sun was always shining and there would always be a tomorrow.'

This is a novel of two strands: on the one hand Evelyn, but also events in 1930s Whistle Stop, most notably a murder mystery...
I feared this book might be cloyingly sentimental, but it's actually really touching and enjoyable. ( )
  starbox | Jun 19, 2014 |
I’ve wanted to read this book, like, forever, and recently grabbed a used copy in London. A bout of homesickness for the American South meant I couldn’t resist reading it any longer, and so it was time to put the library books aside for another few days. It’s a lot of fun. Fried Green Tomatoes has a chatty, gossipy tone, with lots of little narratives jumping all over the timeline of the 20th century. In an interview at the back of this edition, author Fannie Flagg says that she suffers from OCD and ADD – it shows, but that’s not a bad thing! Although the characters get more than their share of genuine suffering (much of the story takes place during the Great Depression, and there are black characters living in the American South of decades past – no more need be said), the overall tone of the book is upbeat and hopeful. ( )
1 vote Erratic_Charmer | Apr 3, 2014 |
This is a warm and friendly book written about Flagg's hometown of Irondale, Alabama, just east of Birmingham. The cafe exists. It was known for most of its existance as the Irondale Cafe, but now it also known as the Whistle Stop Cafe and the fried green tomatoes are great. ( )
  wareagle78 | Mar 19, 2014 |
First it is the story of Evelyn, who is feeling the effects of menopause, and her visits with "Ninny" Threadgoode in a nursing home. Over desserts and iced tea, Ninny reminisces about her life and the lives of residents of Whistle Stop, Alabama. The stories revolve around the friendship of two other women, tomboyish Idgie and the lovely Ruth, who ran a small cafe around the time of the Depression.

While Ms. Flagg's writing is lovely and her characters are well developed, I was bogged down by the two and three page chapters bouncing back and forth in and between the various characters. I like to immerse myself in a book and the ultra short chapters kept cutting off the thread of the story, and thus, I would lay the book down. ( )
1 vote punxsygal | Jan 24, 2014 |
Showing 1-5 of 93 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review

» Add other authors (19 possible)

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Fannie Flaggprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Pozanco, VíctorTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
People/Characters
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
Epigraph
I may be sitting here at the Rose Terrace Nursing Home, but in my mind I'm over at the Whistle Stop Cafe having a plate of fried green tomatoes. - Mrs. Cleo Threadgoode June 1986
Dedication
For Tommy Thompson
First words
The Whistle Stop Cafe opened up last week, right next door to me at the post office, and owners Idgie Threadgoode and Ruth Jamieson said business has been good ever since.
Quotations
He wanted to get out of Chicago; the wind that whipped around the buildings was so cold that it sometimes brought a tear to a man's eye.
But who could have known that all the shiny shoes and flashy three-piece suits could never cover up the bitterness that had been growing in his heart all these years...
His main problem in life, at the moment, was that he loved too well and not too wisely.
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Information from the Italian Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to the English one.
Blurbers
Publisher series
Original language
Information from the Italian Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to the English one.

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (2)

Book description
"Watch out for Fannie Flagg. When I walked into the Whistle Stop Cafe, she fractured my funny bone, drained my tear ducts, and stole my heart."



Florence King

"Fannie Flagg is a first-class writer. This book is so much fun it makes me sick I missed the Depression."

Erma Bombeck

From the backcover of the Random House first edition (ISBN 0-394-56152-X
Haiku summary

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0070212570, Paperback)

no description

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:59:10 -0400)

(see all 7 descriptions)

The Whistle Stop Cafe is owned by sweet, patient Ruth, and by Idgie, irrepressibly big-hearted and big-mouthed. As elderly Cleo chats with her visitor Evelyn Couch, she casts a hypnotic narrative spell: honeysuckle vines and custard pies, births, deaths and marriages; sorrow and laughter, an occasional murder and even the recipe for fried green tomatoes.… (more)

» see all 8 descriptions

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
458 avail.
112 wanted
3 pay7 pay

Popular covers

Rating

Average: (4.12)
0.5
1 6
1.5 4
2 36
2.5 9
3 253
3.5 72
4 613
4.5 78
5 550

Audible.com

Four editions of this book were published by Audible.com.

See editions

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.

 

Help/FAQs | About | Privacy/Terms | Blog | Contact | LibraryThing.com | APIs | WikiThing | Common Knowledge | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | 92,729,946 books! | Top bar: Always visible