Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe Author:Fannie Flagg 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 frien... more »d 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. And as the past unfolds, the present--for Evelyn and for us--will never be quite the same again. . . .« less
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Helpful Score: 2
Flagg writes a story about a small town with a homey little cafe where everyone likes to hang out to eat some great tomatoes and barbeque. You could say it is a story about a place that artist Norman Rockwell might have painted - as American as apple pie. Or is it? Strange things are happening!
Loved the movie with Jessica Tandy and Kathy Bates. The book moves slower, but has a lush and rich narrative. It also has a recipe index for some good down home cooking.
"Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe" is a well written heart-warming book about a woman in a mid-life crisis who feels life has passed her by. Ms. Flagg has a gift of putting you right into the story. While reading it, I felt like I was right there, on the street corner watching a private life unfold before my eyes!
This book was one of the rare examples of a book which was eclipsed by the movie. It's fine, don't get me wrong, but I didn't fall in love with it the way I expected to, having enjoyed the movie. This one was easy to put down. I finished it and thought it was reasonably good, but it didn't stay with me. If asked if I would recommend it, I would have to say "It was okay."