Book Reviews of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
Author: Fannie Flagg
ISBN-13: 9780070212572
ISBN-10: 0070212570
Publication Date: 1987
Pages: 403
Rating:
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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4.1 stars, based on 474 ratings
Publisher: Mcgraw-Hill
Book Type: Paperback
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Excellent book with a different and less ambiguous ending than the movie. If you want to know for sure what happened to Frank, read the book.
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Two women in the 1980's, grayheaded 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-the irrepressibly daredevilish tomboy Idgie and her
friend Ruth, who back in the thirties ran a little place in Whistle Stop
Alabama, a Southern cafe offering good barbecue and good coffe and all kinds
of love and laughter, even an occasional murder.
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A great Southern book by a terrific author. I loved it. Funny, though, I think I liked the movie better.
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better than the movie... fannie flagg is such a funny author and the dialogue is superbly realistic
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so much better than the movie
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This book is wonderful. The movie certainly did it justice too.
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Loved the movie, loved the book - the book is just different enough that even if you saw the movie first, there will be surprises as you read. Have re-read this one a few times and I enjoy it every time. I love the little side-stories, such as the saga of Opal's cat in the Weem's Weekly.
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The movie holds pretty true to the book, but the book is so much more in depth and we learn much more about the black characters' lives, too. A very entertaining read.
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Great Book!!!
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good book good movie!
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Great book!!
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A classic! Way better than the movie!
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Even more fun than the movie. Story of friendships, love, and life in the 1930's and the 1980's.
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A funny, funny book.
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Read it after seeing the movie, and it just made the story that much richer. You won't want to say goodbye to the characters.
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I absolutely love this book. If you like/love the movie "Fried Green Tomatoes", you really should read this book.
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! It is witty and laugh-out-loud funny. The author builds up the story by going back and forth between newsletter/newspaper articles and life events. One feels a rapport with the characters as the story progresses. Also, I was surprised to realize that two of the lead characters are actually lesbians!
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A downright folky book. You almost want to sit down and talk with Mrs. Threadgood yourself.
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another fuuny book,read this one two times,hard to put down!
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Loved it. One of my all time favorite books.
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I really enjoy Fannie's writing. It is humorous and folksy.
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Better than the movie for lots of reasons, but mainly because there is more "back story" and characters that were left out of the movie. Those who saw the movie first might not like the book as well for the movie was very well done. I loved both and did see the movie first, BTW.
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Fun, entertaining book.
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Ususally I enjoy the book far more than the move, but in this case, I enjoyed them equally. Differnt yet satisfying!
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Loved this book!
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Excellent! So much better than the movie!
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Endearing....southern fiction at its best.
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I enjoyed this book. It was even better than the movie. ( I know) (I know).
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A great, quick read. The characters almost come alive.
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A fun read and so much better than the movie!
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The book that the movie was based on. Rich characters and a really nice story.
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Still an entertaining read years after it originally was published.
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BRILLIANT AND LOTS OF FUN
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Liked the book and the movie You will like it too
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This is a delightful book with memorable people and the strength of family and friendship shining. It is a quick read and a book you want to wrap your arms around.
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I loved this book and the movie! Usually, the movie ruins the book but I think these were both well done. It is written with humor and love of the characters involved
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I cannot give this book the justice it so rightfully deserves. This is my third time reading it, and I cry every time. I also laugh loud enough to turn the heads of the people around me. Fried Green Tomatoes always makes me desperately wish I could have lived back in Whistle Stop and known all the characters, especially Idgie. Like I said, I cannot fully explain why this book is so wonderful and amazing and funny, but I can recommend it to EVERYONE. And trust me, I have; multiple times to everyone I know.
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I enjoyed reading this book and I read it in two days. Thats a record for me reading a book. I wanted so badly to finish reading it. Yes I'm a slow reader. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes a good southern story.
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Evelyn Couch is forced to accompany her husband every week to visit his cranky mother at the Rose Terrace Nursing Home, which she dreads. But it is here that she one day meets old Ninny Threadgoode, who won't stop talking to her. Gradually the acquaintance blossoms into a genuine friendship as Evelyn gets caught up in Ninny's stories of her childhood growing up in Whistle Stop, Alabama, as well as the tales of Idgie Threadgoode and Ruth Jamison, proprietors of the Whistle Stop Cafe. Full of humor, drama, and fascinating characters, this is wonderful story sure to absorb any reader. Excellent and highly recommended.
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It is a good book BUT I was uncomfortable with the lesbian relationship, it is just not to my taste but aside from that it is a pretty good book.
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I loved this book and could NOT put it down.
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I really enjoyed the witty personality of Fannie Flagg's characters. In this book there was love, friendships, hardships, murder, mystery. I was a little put off by the lesbian relationship, even though she made the characters beautiful - Not my thing.
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This is a wonderful read. Ms. Flagg has created characters that are vibrant, and the three perspectives woven throughout the book keep the overall stories interesting.
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Good, fun book about friendship, but nothing terribly meaty to it.
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Fannie Flagg has a knack for descriptive and humorous storytelling. I really loved this book.
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This is a story of "down home" people and a good read.
Leah G.
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Very entertaining tales of life in small town rural Alabama from the 1930's to the 80's. Includes recipes from the fictional cafe' of the title.
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This is a delightful Southern book which will make you laugh, cry and begin to say "Ya'll. You will want to rush out and buy some green tomatoes to fry.
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Set in a small Alabama train stop town in the 1930s, this gem of a book almost could have been shelved as just another light romantic comedy. Various women's voices tell anecdotes of Whistle Stop, as the chapters jump back and forth through time. We hear from Mrs. Threadgoode, reminiscing fondly from her nursing home in the 1980s, and the chatty Dot Weems, editor of the gossipy town newsletter (1929-1969), and then listen in on spirited dialogue set in the town of Whistle Stop itself. The storytellers never find use for the label "lesbian," nor do they see fit to take us behind closed doors, but this is nevertheless the irresistible story of a fierce and true love between two women, Idgie and Ruth. After Idgie saves Ruth from an abusive marriage, these two friends become partners in running the Whistle Stop Cafe, where no one, "not even hobos and colored," is turned away for inability to pay. Readers are set down in the corner booth to eavesdrop on the comings and goings of an array of eccentric, ragtag characters who drop in for buttermilk biscuits, Big George's barbecue, and, eventually, news about their own hometown murder mystery. Among revelations big and small, Fannie Flagg mixes direct and empowering confrontations with racism, sexism, and ageism with the colorful and endearing language of the depression-era South and the cafe's recipes for grits, collard greens, and, of course, fried green tomatoes.
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A light, quick read.
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Set in a small Alabama train stop town in the 1930s, this gem of a book almost could have been shelved as just another light romantic comedy. Various women's voices tell anecdotes of Whistle Stop, as the chapters jump back and forth through time. We hear from Mrs. Threadgoode, reminiscing fondly from her nursing home in the 1980s, and the chatty Dot Weems, editor of the gossipy town newsletter (1929-1969), and then listen in on spirited dialogue set in the town of Whistle Stop itself. The storytellers never find use for the label "lesbian," nor do they see fit to take us behind closed doors, but this is nevertheless the irresistible story of a fierce and true love between two women, Idgie and Ruth. After Idgie saves Ruth from an abusive marriage, these two friends become partners in running the Whistle Stop Cafe, where no one, "not even hobos and colored," is turned away for inability to pay. Readers are set down in the corner booth to eavesdrop on the comings and goings of an array of eccentric, ragtag characters who drop in for buttermilk biscuits, Big George's barbecue, and, eventually, news about their own hometown murder mystery. Among revelations big and small, Fannie Flagg mixes direct and empowering confrontations with racism, sexism, and ageism with the colorful and endearing language of the depression-era South and the cafe's recipes for grits, collard greens, and, of course, fried green tomatoes
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From the back of the book: "Flagg's new novel is the Lake Woebegone of the South. It is folksy and fresh, endearing and effecting, filled with humor and drama -- and has an ending that would fill with smiling tears the Whistle Stop Lake... if only they had a lake.
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A middleaged woman listens to a story about two friends, a barbecue and a murder.
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Great book. An older copy but nice shape.
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Reader's guide available at Randomhouse.com. Read more (including recipes) at WhistleStopCafe.com. The 1991 movie starred Kathy Bates, Mary Stuart Masterson, Mary-Louise Parker, and Jessica Tandy.)

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Set in a small Alabama train stop town in the 1930s, this gem of a book almost could have been shelved as just another light romantic comedy. Various women's voices tell anecdotes of Whistle Stop, as the chapters jump back and forth through time. We hear from Mrs. Threadgoode, reminiscing fondly from her nursing home in the 1980s, and the chatty Dot Weems, editor of the gossipy town newsletter (1929-1969), and then listen in on spirited dialogue set in the town of Whistle Stop itself. The storytellers never find use for the label "lesbian," nor do they see fit to take us behind closed doors, but this is nevertheless the irresistible story of a fierce and true love between two women, Idgie and Ruth. After Idgie saves Ruth from an abusive marriage, these two friends become partners in running the Whistle Stop Cafe, where no one, "not even hobos and colored," is turned away for inability to pay. Readers are set down in the corner booth to eavesdrop on the comings and goings of an array of eccentric, ragtag characters who drop in for buttermilk biscuits, Big George's barbecue, and, eventually, news about their own hometown murder mystery. Among revelations big and small, Fannie Flagg mixes direct and empowering confrontations with racism, sexism, and ageism with the colorful and endearing language of the depression-era South and the cafe's recipes for grits, collard greens, and, of course, fried green tomatoes.
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Haven't read the book, but saw the movie and loved it!! The book is in very good condition.