Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg
MY RATING (WAY BACK WHEN): 5 of 5 Stars
I’ve been looking around my library a lot lately, picking up books I read years and years ago, and thinking maybe I’m due to revisit some of them once again. When this book came out in 1987, I thought it was brilliant. I remember laughing, crying, and staring bug-eyed at the page now and then. I wonder how it has held up over time? Some books are just as good today as they were when they were written. Others, not so much so. I’m putting this on my list to re-read, and then I’ll decide if I need to revise my rating or not. But for anyone who hasn’t read it at all, I think you might be very surprised at how good it is. Well, that’s how I remember it, anyway.
I also liked the movie, considering that there’s no way to fit a book this full into a single film, and trilogies just weren’t being done back then. (No, really. They weren’t.) But the cast was stellar, the acting solid, and it was overall, a pretty good film. Kathy Bates was a standout, as always, but everyone did a good job bringing this small, southern town to life, with all the trials and tribulations that took place. It is one of very few movies that I think did the book justice. Having said that, it still couldn’t capture all the plots and subplots and shenanigans going on in the book. So, I’m going to refresh my memory with a re-read, and I encourage anyone who likes small town drama and humor to check it out, too.
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