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Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe (1987)

by Fannie Flagg

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    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)
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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. ( )
  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. ( )
  punxsygal | Jan 24, 2014 |
This is a delightful book that capture the soul of the South. Flagg doesn't sugar coat the problems of the South in the depression era: racism, gender inequality, starvation; she subtly reveals these topics to the reader, such as when Big George has to wait outside of the hospital while Stump is being treated and young men comment that Big George must have been in a knife fight--these brief passages reveal the stereotypes and discrimination of this community. However, Flagg also presents the other side of life in the South--neighbors that are willing to help each other no matter the consequences. For example, despite the fact that Idgie has sent anyone looking for booze to the preacher's house for years, he still lies for her on the witness stand when she and Big George are being tried for murder. The humor that comes through in this book makes it a delightful read. ( )
  EEDevore | Oct 26, 2013 |
Sono rimasta incantata dal modo di scrivere di Fannie e travolta come da un vortice dalle avventure degli abitanti di questo piccolo paese che è Wistle Stop...ho sorriso e pianto con ogni personaggio e li ho amati dal primo all'ultimo. Sicuramente e al più presto vedrò il film, che avevo visto già da bambina, ma che oggi mi sembrerà come di tornare a trovare dei cari e vecchi amici e mangeremo insieme dei caldi e gustosi pomodori verdi fritti al caffé di Idgie e Ruth!! ( )
  Emanuela.Booklove | Oct 6, 2013 |
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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
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For Tommy Thompson
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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.
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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.
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"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
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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)

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