From Pages to Screen · LGBTQA+

“Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe” by Fannie Flagg

I take notes while I read. Instead of writing them on the book itself, I have this journal that I carry around with me everywhere. In it, you will find some of my favourite quotes and some thoughts on whatever it is I am reading. The first note I wrote about Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe?

I could read this book forever.

It’s true. Honestly. This book is life. It will make you laugh, smile, giggle, cry, yell out in frustration… it will take you through the whole emotional spectrum. At the end? You will want more.

I don’t know about you, but I found Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe to be exceptionally well put together. Sometimes one gets lost when different voices across different times come together to tell a story, but Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe does it brilliantly. You can pick up on the different tones, and quite distinctively, and yet they blend together perfectly. It’s fantastic.

The characters, though. What to say about these precious gems? I truly don’t know where to start. I tried to choose a favourite but soon ended up realising that they are all my favourite, this novel is a favourite. Even Dot Weems, the author of The Weems Weekly, that you basically only get to know from her writing, is absolutely fabulous.

There are all these details, all these tiny puzzle pieces and Fannie Flagg just makes them all come together in this phenomenal novel. Even though you keep time-skipping and skipping in time, there is no disruption to the flow. I am in awe, as you might have felt by now.

I guess what I am trying to say is that this is an absolute treasure, a delicious treasure. You should find yourself a copy and meet these characters for yourself. I don’t think it’s possible to do them any justice. Once you’re done, do look for me in the kitchen so that we can discuss the wonder that is Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. I will be out there, trying some of the recipes that you will find at the end.

P.S. I fell in love with many quotes while reading Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, but there is one that absolutely killed me.

[Onzell] said, Miss Ruth is a lady and always knew when to leave a party, and this wasn’t going to be any exception as long as she was around.”

If you read the book you will understand.

P.P.S. I couldn’t be happier, or more grateful, for the way the relationship between Ruth and Idgie was written. There was no exploitation. They were truly just two human beings in love that had, as everyone else, ups and downs. Interesting way of looking at things, isn’t it? Evelyn Couch does question a lot of the so called social issues… One clever lady, that one.

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