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It s first the story of two women in the s, 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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  1. Petra-X Petra-X says:

    This is a very good book Solid hardback I have about 80 copies in the bookshop 12 of them are supporting the little fridge up to a reasonable height Two of them are under the cash desk which otherwise would be a bit wobbly Another 8 in two s are against the ends of the four shelves under the galavanise bit of roof where it leaks when it rains hard not now, post Irma I need a new roof as I have two huge holes in it, so I moved the books Sometimes prior to the hurricanes, when it rained This is a very good book Solid hardback I have about 80 copies in the bookshop 12 of them are supporting the little fridge up to a reasonable height Two of them are under the cash desk which otherwise would be a bit wobbly Another 8 in two s are against the ends of the four shelves under the galavanise bit of roof where it leaks when it rains hard not now, post Irma I need a new roof as I have two huge holes in it, so I moved the books Sometimes prior to the hurricanes, when it rained a bit everyday and they didn t dry out they got mouldy so I replaced them with someI ve got lots to spare I have to be honest though, I ve never even sold a single copy.You might wonder why I would buy 80 copies of a book that doesn t sell I didn t I acquired them through no fault of my own What happened was the book was remaindered in huge quantities and I buy from this particular remainder house Some while back I d ordered about 8 boxes of books but 10 came Two of them were full of Fried Green Tomatoes I immediately got on to the company who said yes they knew of the situation and would refund my shipping costs and the debits on my account What had happened was that they let one of their members of staff go customer service, she was a bit prickly at best and teeth achingly rude at other times They didn t exactly fire her they just didn t renew her contract So to get her revenge in the time left to her with the company she distributed this and other titles all hardback to international customers knowing she would have left before we got the books and the shit hit the fan.Cost the company quite a lot of money, but really, you have to give the girl at least 3 stars for creativity


  2. Brina Brina says:

    Over the course of this year I have branched out in my reading choices I have discovered multiple genres that I previously had not read, one of which being southern literature It is in this regard that I found the writing of Fannie Flagg Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe invites the reader to small town Alabama Through Flagg s southern charm you feel as though you are a part of the town and its cast of characters In this light that I rate this gem of a book 4.5 stars Fried Gree Over the course of this year I have branched out in my reading choices I have discovered multiple genres that I previously had not read, one of which being southern literature It is in this regard that I found the writing of Fannie Flagg Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe invites the reader to small town Alabama Through Flagg s southern charm you feel as though you are a part of the town and its cast of characters In this light that I rate this gem of a book 4.5 stars Fried Green Tomatoes is a movie starring Jessica Tandy as Ninny Threadgoode and Kathy Bates as Evelyn Couch although I have never been privileged to view the film thus, the book is new material for me Evelyn Couch is a middle aged empty nester who accompanies her husband Ed to visit his mother at a nursing home Evelyn having no patience for these visits instead strikes up a conversation with Mrs Threadgoode, which develops over the course of the book into an intimate friendship like that of a mother and daughter I enjoy hearing older people reminisce about their lives so Mrs Threadgoode instantly became a charming character for me, and I, like Evelyn, was happy to enter into her world Whistle Stop, Alabama is an almost defunct small town on the outskirts of Birmingham Mrs Threadgoode, inherently knowing that she is enjoying the twilight of her life, takes Evelyn back to depression era Whistle Stop She regales Evelyn with tales of her family, the Threadgoodes, and their colored friends, the Peaveys In a time where people were struggling to make ends meet, the citizens of Whistle Stop appeared to enjoy life to the fullest, with the cafe being the center of their world Whites, blacks, and people of all walks of life lived in relative harmony, epitomized by Idgie Threadgoode and her Dill Pickle Club who went off on one daring adventure after another In no case was there a mention of poverty, and Evelyn is charmed by Mrs Threadgoode s stories Meanwhile, in present day, Mrs Threadgoode urges Evelyn to live her life to the fullest Just because she has entered middle age does not mean that her life is over Written during the 1980s era of the working woman, Evelyn is coached on to get a new lease on life, a new career, and enjoy the second half of her time on this earth In an interview following the novel, Fannie Flagg points out that she prefers older characters because they have many layers to their lives and much advice to offer to younger generations It is in this mind set that she made Mrs Threadgoode the central point of her novel Flagg touched on non traditional families, the 1930s modern woman, racism and the lack thereof all in one town Like Evelyn, I was drawn in by the characters and the town of Whistle Stop and finished the novel over the course of one day because I could not get enough of Mrs Threadgoode s stories Whistle Stop is a small town whose people make up the fabric of this country, and the Threadgoodes and their descendants are cogs who embody southern life I enjoyed my trip through Whistle Town and am looking forward to readingof Fannie Flagg s southern novels


  3. Miranda Reads Miranda Reads says:

    If you haven t read this yet get it now It s funny, most people can be around someone and they gradually begin to love them and never know exactly when it happened but Ruth knew the very second it happened to her. It s a love story, a friendship story and so muchThere s survival against the odds, murder, and absolute hilarity In short really, truly awesome Remember if people talk behind your back, it only means you are two steps ahead Mrs Threadgoode is at the same nursing h If you haven t read this yet get it now It s funny, most people can be around someone and they gradually begin to love them and never know exactly when it happened but Ruth knew the very second it happened to her. It s a love story, a friendship story and so muchThere s survival against the odds, murder, and absolute hilarity In short really, truly awesome Remember if people talk behind your back, it only means you are two steps ahead Mrs Threadgoode is at the same nursing home as Evelyn s spiteful mother in law During one such visit, Evelyn stops by Mrs Threadgoode s room, and soon an everlasting friendship sparks Mrs Threadgoode tells Evelyn stories from a not so distant past, when racism was rampart and certain home values were taken utterly seriously She tells of larger than life Idgie, sweet and gentle Ruth, and of course a whole cast of truly unforgettable characters You never know what s in a person s heart until they re tested, do youHer stories give Evelyn a new outlook on life suddenly, she s not the mousy, dissatisfied middle aged wife she s got spunk She s got character And she d be damned if she let oneperson walk all over her Face it girls I m older and I haveinsurance. GahIt s one of those books that just sweeps you off your feet and holds a special place in your heart forever It s fluffy, but the kind of fluff that has you squealing with happiness and chasing someone down to let them know how great this book is.I buddy read this one with my mother and we really, truly bonded over these words We laughed and teared up at the same parts This is one experience I will treasure This book belongs on every bookshelf Audiobook CommentsRead by Lorna Raver and she just brought this story alive Truly a stunning listen She had all the right tones and inflections in all the right places It felt like I was right there in the story.YouTube Blog Instagram Twitter Snapchat miranda.reads Happy Reading


  4. Julie Julie says:

    Reading Road Trip 2020Current location AlabamaI feel like I m living like a rat these days, with my own little rat s nest off to the side of my bed where I have stacks of books lined up for my reading road trip project and little post it notes of feverishly scribbled messages, things I m supposed to remember.On one of these notes is written Nietzsche A human being is a going across On another John Lennon Whatever gets you thru the night I wrote them both, while reading this book.A human Reading Road Trip 2020Current location AlabamaI feel like I m living like a rat these days, with my own little rat s nest off to the side of my bed where I have stacks of books lined up for my reading road trip project and little post it notes of feverishly scribbled messages, things I m supposed to remember.On one of these notes is written Nietzsche A human being is a going across On another John Lennon Whatever gets you thru the night I wrote them both, while reading this book.A human being is a going across What, like a bridge Now that makes me scribble another note Richard Bach The bridge across forever I don t know if we are a bridge across forever I d like to think so, but the people of this story remind us we are a going across whether we want to be or not, and we are not HERE forever, wherever we go, and we are certainly going to needthan a handful of ways to get us through the night, knowing all that.So, what are the ways What is it that gets us through the night Through the bad marriage Poor health The death of a child A pandemic Well, the characters of this book will tell you praying, fucking, dancing, singing, drinking, eating, writing, killing, talking, cooking, walking, reading, gardening and crying.Sound about right Everything is here, y all Everything you ever knew and ever thought you wanted to know.This stupid looking book, with its kitschy cover and its hokey title, just about knocked the wind out of me this week It s an examination of our evolution and our degradation, a glimpse of small town, Southern, American life where every type of person, every type of relationship, every problem, is fairly represented.And could happen anywhere.Do not judge this book by its cover or location It s a book about people getting through the night.You ll never know how many times I ve thought about you and wished I could speak to you I felt so bad I didn t get to see you before you died I just never dreamed in a million years that I would never see you again I never did get a chance to thank you If it hadn t been for you talking to me like you did I don t know what I would have done


  5. Shovelmonkey1 Shovelmonkey1 says:

    This book is fluffy How fluffy It is as fluffy as floating on cloud while lying on a mattress stuffed with kittens and simultaneously wearing a pink angora jumper and a candy floss hat This is the sort of book I enjoy when my brain decides to take a day off But it is lovely and it is likely that even the most po faced cynics me will be drawn into the warm doughy bosom of this story of love, friendship and adversity in 1930s Alabama The history of Whistlestop, along with helpful recipe appe This book is fluffy How fluffy It is as fluffy as floating on cloud while lying on a mattress stuffed with kittens and simultaneously wearing a pink angora jumper and a candy floss hat This is the sort of book I enjoy when my brain decides to take a day off But it is lovely and it is likely that even the most po faced cynics me will be drawn into the warm doughy bosom of this story of love, friendship and adversity in 1930s Alabama The history of Whistlestop, along with helpful recipe appendices allowing the transposition British readers from the grim north to the Deep South, is relayed to the beleaguered Evelyn by old Mrs Threadgoode Aside from the odd murder, Whistle Stop is populated by a kind of chocolate box perfection It s a modest but model community with great food, the kindness of neighbours, life long friendships A kind of Tom Sawyer Huck Finn wholesomeness oozes from between each page Living in Toxteth I find it hard to imagine this kind of idealised community of hot buttered biscuit loveliness but it was nice to at least try until the piercing wail of a police siren broke the illusion


  6. Julie Julie says:

    Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Caf by Fannie Flagg is a 2002 Random House publication originally published in 1987 Many people have seen the movie version of this book But,as is often the case, the book is a bit different from the movie version While I enjoyed the movie, and thought it had an excellent cast, I have to say, the book is still better Evelyn is stuck in a rut, neglected by her husband, going through menopause, taking comfort in food But, a chance meeting with Mrs Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Caf by Fannie Flagg is a 2002 Random House publication originally published in 1987 Many people have seen the movie version of this book But,as is often the case, the book is a bit different from the movie version While I enjoyed the movie, and thought it had an excellent cast, I have to say, the book is still better Evelyn is stuck in a rut, neglected by her husband, going through menopause, taking comfort in food But, a chance meeting with Mrs Threadgoode, at the nursing home, deepens into a close friendship that gives Evelyn the courage to break out of her shell and take charge of her life Mrs Threadgoode s story is a mesmerizing tale of two women who forge a special bond while living through tragedies, hardships, and triumphs Idgie and Ruth are friends, but maybe a littlethan friends, who build a life together, enjoying a few hair raising dilemmas and living through some wild adventures I remember Fannie Flagg during my childhood when she was a regular on some game show my mother used to watch She was one of my favorites on the show, but had no idea, back then, what her claim to fame was Years later, when the movie version of this book was released, I was surprised to learn that Fannie Flagg wrote the book the movie was based on I hadn t thought of Fannie in years, by that time, so my curiosity of piqued I bought the book soon after seeing the movie I was struck by how detailed the story was, how some things were glossed over in the movie version, and how others were curiouslypronounced in the book than on the movie screen, while at other times, I thought the movie version might have brought the scene to life a little better I hadn t thought of this book, or the movie,in a very long time But the other day, while searching for an audio book at the library, I discovered this story was available in audiobook format, and not only that, it was narrated by Fannie Flagg I couldn t resist I also realized that I had apparently read this book pre Goodreads, and so I thought I d write out a review after listening to the audio version, while it was still fresh in my memory While Evelyn s persona is maybe a little dated now, in my opinion, other subject matter addressed in the story is well ahead of its time The ending here is muchpoignant and still gave me a little chill Hollywood made some crucial changes in that area, which was nice, too, but didn t pack the same punch.If you ve seen the movie version, I hope someday you will give the book a try, and if you can add audio, that would enhance your experience even4.5 stars


  7. Dem Dem says:

    Reading this book was like waking up on a spring morning after a long dreary winter to the sound of the dawn chorus, after a reading slump of a few weeks I really was delighted when this novel came up as a book club read, having read it in 2010 and loved the book I knew enough time had lapsed for me to forget the details of the story but not the wonderful characters.Charming, witty thought proving and endering are all words that come to mind on finishing this novel A lovely page turner to loos Reading this book was like waking up on a spring morning after a long dreary winter to the sound of the dawn chorus, after a reading slump of a few weeks I really was delighted when this novel came up as a book club read, having read it in 2010 and loved the book I knew enough time had lapsed for me to forget the details of the story but not the wonderful characters.Charming, witty thought proving and endering are all words that come to mind on finishing this novel A lovely page turner to loose yourself in and characters that will stay with you long after you finish the novel The day Idgie Threadgoode and Ruth Jamison opened the Whistle Stop Cafe, the town took a turn for the better It was the Depression and that cafe was a home from home for many of us You could get eggs, grits, bacon, ham, coffee and a smile for 25 cents Ruth was just the sweetest girl you ever met And Idgie She was a character, all right You never saw anyone so headstrong But how anybody could have thought she murdered that man is beyond me loved this book, had seen the film years ago and did not really think much of it, but the book really blew me away, for me it was the witt and the rich characters, Such an easy read full of tall tales and fun and yet sad in many parts I really enjoyed this novel.I loved the southern charm in this novel that weaves together the past and present through the friendship between Evelyn Crouch a middle aged housewife and Ninny Threadgoode and eatery woman who lives in a nursing home I loved the references to food and receipes in the novel and came away really wanting to try some of them Terrific character development makes this one a memorable read and I am so glad this is the book that gave me the five star read I was craving If you haven t read this one, purchase a copy and give yourself a treat


  8. Katie Katie says:

    I really love this movie, but as usual, the book is much better and vastly different In 1985, two women, Ninny and Evelyn, meet and develop a strong friendship They share treats and conversation while Ninny spins the story of Whistle Stop and its inhabitants, weaving relationships through generations in an enchanting tale of the Old South The journey is equally important for both women, allowing Ninny to remember and embrace her past while helping Evelyn to accept her past and look forward to I really love this movie, but as usual, the book is much better and vastly different In 1985, two women, Ninny and Evelyn, meet and develop a strong friendship They share treats and conversation while Ninny spins the story of Whistle Stop and its inhabitants, weaving relationships through generations in an enchanting tale of the Old South The journey is equally important for both women, allowing Ninny to remember and embrace her past while helping Evelyn to accept her past and look forward to her future Two significant differences exist between the book and the movie Idgie and Ruth s relationship is blatently lesbian in the movie they were just close friends , and the racial atmosphere of Alabama was a muchpronounced theme Flagg s storytelling is bittersweet with many touching moments, and the cast of characters is wonderful This is a heartwarming look at life, death, love, and friendship, and a great example of Southern Literature


  9. Mark Porton Mark Porton says:

    Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg is a book I came to knowing little about, written by an author I know nothing about So, it was a major surprise when I was blown out of the water by this experience.The story involves a little railroad town in Alabama called Whistle Stop and centres around a Cafe of the same name operated by partners Idgie Threadgoode and Ruth Jamison There s a whole crew of characters we get to know, in fact, initially I found it difficult to keep Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg is a book I came to knowing little about, written by an author I know nothing about So, it was a major surprise when I was blown out of the water by this experience.The story involves a little railroad town in Alabama called Whistle Stop and centres around a Cafe of the same name operated by partners Idgie Threadgoode and Ruth Jamison There s a whole crew of characters we get to know, in fact, initially I found it difficult to keep track of who was who, but after a while I really got to know these people They came alive for me, each one of them, the good, bad and the ugly.The author jumps from the 1920s to the 1980s and back again and everywhere in between, the chapters are usually named after places such as the The Rose Terrace Nursing Home or after local bulletins like The Weems Weekly Whistle Stop Alabama s Weekly Bulletin , The reader is taken backwards and forwards, from character to character and drama to drama and one experiences every bump, laugh and tear it is GOLD My favourite character was Evelyn, this forlorn woman really grew on me She is connected to the story by visiting her Mother in Law at the Rose Terrace Nursing Home and there she meets one of the old Threadgoode ladies A wonderful relationship develops but for me, it s Evelyn s journey that sparked my interest Her relationship with old Ninny Threadgoode quickly blossomed into a wonderful thing When she woke this morning, Evelyn realised that she was actually looking forward to going to the nursing home Sitting there all these weeks listening to stories about the caf and Whistle Stop had becomeof a reality than her own life..Ninny could talk underwater with a mouth full of marbles, this as we all know can be a little wearing, but it seemed to me this is exactly what Evelyn needed It was a joy to see their friendship grow The last section of this book was one of the most moving things I have read in recent times I read it slowly.Crazy, wayward, boozy Idgie was another fascinating character her love for Ruth was absolute Her path was no easier than Evelyn s But she was equally lovable I would have liked to have sat down and had a pint of best bitter with Idgie, it d be a riot The Dill Pickle Club was really just a bunch of Idgie s ragtag friends that would get together About all they did was drink whiskey and make up lies we call it Bullshit in Australia They d look you right in the eye and tell you a lie when the truth would have served them betterBut Idgie had a MASSIVE heart always looking out for the downtrodden So kind hearted, but a handful to be sure.You could say this is a character piece but it s muchthan that it also catapults us right back to a time and place most of us have never experienced We are taken from the time Whistle Top was a buzzing little railroad town in the 20s to the sad days, decades after the railroads closed and the Town turned into a shadow of its former self It was also fascinating to learnabout the other Birmingham Birmingham is my hometown in the UK, we are called Brummies The US version call themselves Birminghamians You know our Brummie accent in the UK is often voted the UK s worst accent I wonder if the Birminghamian accent suffers the same fate I ve come away from this book with lots of questions such as what is Birmingham and Alabama like or What do Fried Green Tomatoes taste like BTW at the back of the book there are recipes , a great book sparks your interest in things I reckon I ve also collected a wonderful bunch of characters I will remember for a long time Evelyn and Idgie in particular.One word of caution though, this story isn t all Beer and Skittles , there are certainly elements of racism, violence and domestic violence that come through making this story all therealistic 5 Fried Green Tomatoes for me, with a side of Fried Okra and Lima Beans 5 Stars


  10. Andy Marr Andy Marr says:

    This one maked and breaked my heart a hundred times.Possibly perfect.