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Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café by Fannie Flagg is a 2002 Random House publication – (originally published in 1987)
Many people have seen the movie version of this book. But
Evelyn is stuck in a rut, neglected by her husband, going through menopause, taking comfort in food. But, a chance meeting with Mrs.
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 curiously more pronounced 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
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 much more poignant 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 even more.
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