A different whole town’s talking review

A different whole town’s talking review


I was reading Email from the Digital Book Review Email List I belong to, and ran across what I believe to be the most well written BOOK REVIEW EVER! Even if you do not end up reading the book being REVIEWED, if you like a good piece of WRITING then this REVIEW will make your whole self sing!

I have never before ENJOYED READING something quite so much.

The way it came about was by READING list mail backward. (Replies First) I came upon a reply that got my curiosity going in such a way that I READ the ORIGINAL MESSAGE just to see what had gotten the ATTENTION of my FELLOW LISTER! I wasn’t disappointed. In fact, I’d skipped the REVIEW when it had come through. What a MISTAKE!!! So glad for my CURIOSITY!

I’m copying it just as it came to me. Leaving out personal info. I have permission to post. I hope you all will READ and ENJOY!!!


 From: DB-Review [mailto:db-review-bounces@db-review.net]

I enjoyed your review so much that I am going to download this book.  Or, perhaps it was the thought of a chocolate brownie and a cup of coffee that made the book sound good. Ha Anyway, I will read this book.  Thank you for the very entertaining review.

Subject: [Db-Review] A different whole town’s talking review

This is my Journey with, The whole town’s talking: a novel by Fannie Flagg. I was perusing the Bard site one day and I saw a new novel by one of my favorite authors, Fannie Flagg. I thought, Oh I really want to read this, so I downloaded it.  I settled down in my favorite chair with a glass of ice tea and a big double fudge brownie and pressed play on my player. Since I went blind, these recorded books have saved my sanity. I read over a hundred books a year. I think how lucky that I am that they are available to me for free. I marvel at how people did this in the past when the books were on long-playing records. Then came an improvement, the books came on tape. The tapes must have seemed like a life saver to those who were used to having to change the records. The next improvement for those folks were to have the books recorded on CDs. That made life much better. But to read a large book you still had to stop and put in a new CD at the end of each segment. Now I can download a book from my computer and be listening to the story in about five minutes. Oh, how lucky am I, waiting until now to go blind.

So, there I was sitting in my chair with ice tea and a big brownie in my hand, I pressed play on the player ant then, OH My goodness the narration by Kimberly Farr, is just great! She has a different voice for each character. She has the accents down and everything. Her narration brought the people and the town in all of its color alive right there before my eyes in my living room. I Know that there are some who prefer a reading without the different voices and accents. For them a straight reading maybe, even a computerized voice, would be enough for them to enjoy a Fannie Flagg novel.  But not me,  I really enjoy being able to visualize each character by the sound of their voice. I think that Kimberly Farr voiced each character just as Fannie Flagg had visualized them when she created them.

Mrs. Flagg’s writing style is so easy to read that one is soon pulled into her story.  Her huge imagination and humor adds flavor and humanizes each character as she tells her tale.  As this book opens 28 year old Lordor Nordstrom has just found the place he was looking for to have a farm. The rolling hills, tall trees and the lush green grasses of Missouri remind him of his home in Sweden and are just what he has been looking for.  So he stakes out a claim and begins to farm.  In time other families start farms nearby. There soon is a little community of farmers who all become friends.

Lordor’s friends tell him, Lordor, you need to get married. You can’t run a farm alone. But there are no young women available and Lordor is not anxious to be married anyway. As time goes by his friends continue to tell Lordor that he should get married. Since there are no women around that Lordor could marry, they convince him to put an ad in the eastern newspaper and advertise for a bride.

In Sweden A mother holds her newborn baby in her arms and she smiles when she thinks I will name her, Katrina. She knows that because her parents are laborers, Katrina would have to grow up and become a laborer herself.  And she would have children who would grow up and themselves become laborers because when you are born in Sweden to a laborer you will be a laborer. In Sweden there is no way to escape the class system.  But Katrina’s mother wants more than that for her daughter. She will find a way. Then she finds a new thing that will get Katrina free, it is called, America. She will see that Katrina will get to go to America.

At the age of 18 Katrina finds herself on a ship heading for, America.  Katrina is lonely and afraid, she has never been away from home before. But she can’t help being excited about going to America.

Once in America Katrina makes her way to Chicago.  She has found a job in one of the rich homes working as a maid.  Katrina is not really happy in the big city with its noise of horses and wagon wheels all through the day and night. But as her luck would have it she meets a girl named Anne Lee and makes a friend. Her friend loves Chicago. On their days off Anne Le drags Katrina all over the city visiting parks, museums and dance halls. Anne Lee loves the city life and she especially loves the young men there.  But Katrina is still not happy in the city.  One day while cleaning the house Katrina picks up a newspaper and she notices an ad in the paper in which someone is looking for a mail order bride.  She stuffs the ad in her pocket and their it stayed for a few days. Finally she decides to answer the ad. She doesn’t really expect anything to come of it.  But eventually a letter comes in the mail it is from a farmer named, Lordor Nordstrom.` Lordor owns a farm in Missouri and he invites her to come to Missouri. After exchanging a number of letters with, Lordor she decides to take a chance and travel to Missouri and meet, Lordor Nordstrom . At the railroad station Katerina meets Lordor for the first time. He is a handsome man tall and friendly looking. But he seems Tung tied and doesn’t say anything. He just removes his hat and escorts them to the wagon which will take them to the farm. The farm is more than Katrina had dared to dream of. After visiting for a few weeks while staying with some of Lordor’s friends. Katrina and Lordor find that they are in love with each other. They get married and start a family.

Meanwhile the people of the area decide that they are a large enough community to become a town. They lay out the limits of the town and they name the town, Elmwood Springs and They select Lordor Nordstrom as the town’s first mayor.

Now I have not included any spoilers here. When you are reading this you know that Katrina and Lordor will fall in love and get married. Else what would this book be about? It is Fannie Flagg’s delightful and wild imagination and her great storytelling ability that keeps us reading and turning the pages wondering what will happen next.  So it is about here, as I was reading the story that I begin to think that things are going just too good. Something bad has to happen. Authors always have to have a crisis for the protagonist to overcome.

And it does happen, Lordor died. Sad, isn’t it? But wait, up in the Still Meadows cemetery at the top of the hill overlooking the town, Lordor is their watching from his grave the town and all of the people as they go about living their lives.  In time Katrina  joins Lordor in the cemetery. They are glad to be together again and be able to watch all of their family and friends as they go on living their day-to-day lives.

So there they are watching the town grow from their spot up in the cemetery Oh, wait, I’ve seen this before! It’s “Our Town ”! I love that play. I’ve seen it twice on TB with different actors each time, and I have seen it at the theater. Every time I see it I am pulled into the story and their town. The story of their town is told by people in the town’s cemetery. Have you seen the play? If you haven’t seen it or even if you have I would suggest that you go to Bard to download the play. Then get a glass of wine and sit down with a nibble of cheese. Press the play button and Imagine that the lights are dimming and the Curtin is opening and there you are in the town. It’s a great night at the theater right there in your own comfortable chair at home. How wonderful these recorded books are.

Back to “The Whole Town’s Talking”, As the years go by, Katrina and Lordor are joined in the cemetery by their friends and eventually even some of their descendants. All of this time they are watching the town of Elmwood Springs grow and prosper. The town is, at first, like a baby and they watch it grow and grow into its teenage years. Then the town becomes like a man in his most productive years, stable and prospering As the decades go by and more and more people come to join them in the cemetery, they watch as the town seems to get old and decline. And then like an old man it slowly dies.

Now you must read the afterword. My wife, just loved, the afterword. It is really Fannie Flagg at her most creative and wonderful.

So now if you are still reading, I want to thank you for your perseverance. But maybe you would like a real review of this book. OK, here is a link for you: http://thebookishlibra.com/2016/12/15/review-whole-towns-talking-fannie-flagg/


Inside every old man is a young man saying, what the hell happened?

LeDon, Patty back to say, thank you and thank you! Not only did I TREMENDOUSLY ENJOY!!! This REVIEW!!! But NOW thanks to you, I am going to READ the BOOK!!! Anything that can INSPIRE such a  REVIEW as that has to be GOOD!!! I’ll be sure and let you and all know what I think, but in NO WAY can I ever CREATE a piece of WRITING such as this here…

Blessid Be.


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