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Standing in the Rainbow By Fannie Flagg Standing in the Rainbow Along with Neighbor Dorothy the lady with the smile in her voice whose daily radio broadcasts keep us delightfully informed on all the local news we also meet Bobby her ten year old son destined

  • Title: Standing in the Rainbow
  • Author: Fannie Flagg
  • ISBN: 9780345452887
  • Page: 124
  • Format: Paperback
  • Standing in the Rainbow By Fannie Flagg Along with Neighbor Dorothy, the lady with the smile in her voice, whose daily radio broadcasts keep us delightfully informed on all the local news, we also meet Bobby, her ten year old son, destined to live a thousand lives, most of them in his imagination Norma and Macky Warren and their ninety eight year old Aunt Elner the oddly sexy and charismatic Hamm Sparks and thAlong with Neighbor Dorothy, the lady with the smile in her voice, whose daily radio broadcasts keep us delightfully informed on all the local news, we also meet Bobby, her ten year old son, destined to live a thousand lives, most of them in his imagination Norma and Macky Warren and their ninety eight year old Aunt Elner the oddly sexy and charismatic Hamm Sparks and the two women who love him as differently as night and day Then there is Tot Whooten Beatrice Woods, the Little Blind Songbird Cecil Figgs, the Funeral King and the fabulous Minnie Oatman The time is 1946 until the present The town is Elmwood Springs, Missouri, right in the middle of the country, in the midst of the mostly joyous transition from war to peace, aiming toward a dizzyingly bright future.
    Standing in the Rainbow By Fannie Flagg

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    1. Wendi on said:

      You know, sometimes I just need a book that is not going to scare me, get my hackles raised, or make me sad and depressed This is the perfect book to cleanse the soul after reading some heavy books I had been reading The Alienist and Wicked , but I found myself feeling so heavy and sad So I put the books down and went to find something light and airy I love this book It s sweet It s a throwback to times when neighbors actually knew each other and liked each other It s a feel good book with many, [...]

    2. Rachel Crooks on said:

      I felt such a sense of nostalgia when I read this book, for a place and time I never experienced It s the same feeling I get when I watch A Christmas Story or It s a Wonderful Life When you re little and you get sick, you always know there s a place for you on Mom s lap there is a comfort in knowing that you will be taken care of I never experienced the 40s and 50s, but I sense from that time that the same secure feeling existed a confidence in the greatness of America, and its ability to surviv [...]

    3. Anastasia on said:

      Mi sembra di essere appena reduce da una partitona di Sims.Una cittadina spersa nel nulla, tante casette e quindi tante famiglie, e ancora madri, padri, figli e figlie e zie E in men che non si dica i figli crescono e cos anche le loro ambizioni lavorative, e non fai in tempo a girarti che si sposano, figliano a loro volta, e due, tre, anche quattro volte, alcuni di loro lavorano ed ecco che la loro posizione cresce di prestigio, e ormai pure i figli dei figli dei figli si lanciano nel mondo ea [...]

    4. Donna on said:

      This is my 3rd Fannie Flagg book I ve readFried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe and The All Girl Filling Station s Last Reunion I enjoyed the humor in those and she knows how to create endearing characters This book also had some very memorable characters that were well drawn I love that.This one started off strong It reminded me of reading old time newspapers from doing genealogy research Crazy personal stories appeared in the local newspapers In some ways, this book sounded like a coll [...]

    5. Danielle on said:

      This is my first Fannie Flagg book, but it won t be my last I really enjoyed this book Reading it was like talking to my 86 year old Nanie on a Sunday afternoon You could be talking about the neighbor s dogs with her one minute and the tone never changes when you switch and talk about a relative with a serious illness Then you are back discussing the high price of tomatoes, all in a five minute conversation I got caught up on the comings and goings of the novel s small community, just like I do [...]

    6. Ron Charles on said:

      Fannie Flagg, the queen of fried green tomatoes and small town farce, comes on like a thunder storm of sentimental humor You can run for cover under the awning of Great Literature, you can put up an umbrella of sophisticated disdain, but it s no use Once you re caught in this warm downpour of kitschy comedy, you quickly give in and start singing in the rain.Her latest novel, Standing in the Rainbow, opens with a statement To the Public at Large from old Mrs Tot Whooten, the ridiculously untalent [...]

    7. Martha Davis on said:

      love Fannie Flagg There are just no two ways about it She could write her shopping list and I would read it She writes about people I want to know and places I want to live Her worlds are the way we want to the world to be, the world we think of when we think back nostalgically to the way it used to be.I read Standing in the Rainbow when it first came out and, of course, loved it Then awhile back I was clicking through my libraries list of downloadable audio books and saw it listed and thought i [...]

    8. AshleyA (MamaNeedsBooks) on said:

      Love Fannie Flagg And listening to her books Even better.

    9. Linda on said:

      This was kind of a strange book It didn t really have a plot but was a series of anecdotes about a bunch of people I also didn t realize until I had finished it that it was a prequel though written after another of her books.The characters were all appropriately quirky and most of the stories about them were interesting but as the book progressed I felt like I was lacking any real connection to any of them So, while I enjoyed it, I can t say I loved it and I generally like Flagg s books a lot.

    10. Kelly on said:

      It is nice to imagine a town such as the one depicted in this book This is a fun positive read where you meet an interesting collection of characters and see them develop over the years.

    11. Mr_mck on said:

      Oh my, the question What did you think I feel like I m cheating this one only giving it 3 stars, but there were parts in the middle why I was wondering why I was reading it at all It definitely got better.This is not the type of story I normally read I would not have picked this one up, and I guess I really didn t My sister Jackie handed it to me as I was leaving after a recent visit to the condo And I m guessing the reason behind the reason she did is a character in the story with our mother s [...]

    12. Elizabeth on said:

      This is what they d call a homespun yarn Following this yarn was like being led through a very long, very pointless labyrinth And not an interesting labyrinth, but a plain beige labyrinth in which you go snow blind from the featurelessness of it all And in the monotony of the labyrinth, somewhere, the hair prickling up your neck, you realise with mounting dread, there are REPUBLICANS The whole book is the most chronic piece of self idyll mythologising bullshit you ever read The twee white bread [...]

    13. Julie Paugh on said:

      I m sorry, but this book was just okay for me While it shared the same tone and humor as Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe it lacked the heart and soul Like FGTATWSC, it chronicles the lives of a family and community of a small town it begins in the 1940 s and extends into the 90 s My biggest problem with this book is that there was no story to it It was entertaining most of the way through and felt fun to visit the characters like they were my own friends and family but it was all v [...]

    14. Lynne on said:

      Fannie Flagg understands how small towns in the Midwest used to be, how they changed and how they got flattened by malls built on the outskirts of town She writes of Neighbor Dorothy, who broadcasts her daily show from her living room Dorothy reminded me so much of a friend s mother, Gert, who was known by everyone in their small town on the Wisconsin Illinois border The characters were believable I knew those people they just had different names That the young people grew up and left home to ma [...]

    15. Christa on said:

      I couldn t find the plot that was supposed to capture my interest There were at least 10 main characters who all had stories going on Sometimes those stories intermingled and sometimes they didn t If someone asked me who the main character was, I wouldn t be able to say There were big chunks devoted key people like Hamm and Betty Raye, Dorothy, Bobby and Norma, but there wasn t a single plot line that followed through the entire novel It was really about the passage of time The book walks throug [...]

    16. Anto_s1977 on said:

      La storia si dipana in Missouri, esattamente nella piccola cittadina di Elmwood Springs, dal dopoguerra agli anni 90 un romanzo ricco di personaggi, alcuni dei quali molto pittoreschi, di cui seguiamo le vicende personali e come queste sono in relazione con le vite e le altre vicende di tutti i cittadini della piccola comunit Ognuno di essi ha una caratteristica che lo rende unico, a cominciare dal piccolo Bobby che rende turbolenta la vita della famiglia Smith, o di Norma, la pi ansiosa donna c [...]

    17. Doughgirl5562 on said:

      Note For the most part, I listened to this as an audiobook.I almost gave up on this book almost If I had been following the 50 page rule, I would have given up on this book But I am so so SO glad that I didn t It started out as a mildly interesting audiobook At that point I probably would have given it only 2.5 , with an added half star taking it to 3.0 because it has a very very good narrator But it wasn t compelling and it took me almost a week just to make it through the first few CD s Then I [...]

    18. Giuls on said:

      Non avevo mai letto nulla di Fannie Flagg, non perch non la conoscessi, quanto perch proprio non mi ispirava come autrice Per cui, quando ho iniziato questo libro, speravo di poter modificare la mia idea iniziale sulla scrittrice, in modo tale da apprezzarla come fanno molti che conosco.E invece mi dispiace dire che alla fine della fiera il libro non ha fatto che confermare quella che prima era solo una mia idea.Il libro veramente, ma veramente lento E il problema sta tutto nel numero infinito d [...]

    19. Emily on said:

      What a pleasant read This is the perfect book if you re a read before bed kind of reader The chapters are short and it s easy to read just a few, feel like you reached a stopping place and have a content night s sleep This was recommended to me by a book club friend because I was sans book at the moment I m glad I read it.It follows the lives of several people in small town America later in the book a character actually petitions the town board to change their slogan to The Most Middle Town in A [...]

    20. Carrie on said:

      This book starts in 1946 in Elmwood Springs, Missouri Neighbor Dorothy has a live radio show out of her living room Fannie describes all the characters in town and tells bits and pieces of their lives throughout a fifty year period I know that some of the characters cross over to at least one of her other books I was quite frustrated with the first half of the book There just didn t seem to be a story that ran together Then she spends about 10 chapters on one couple, leaving you the feeling that [...]

    21. Diana Jodoin on said:

      I recently picked up Green Tomatoes to re read and was reminded how much I enjoy Flagg s writing I quickly moved on and through, easy reads Welcome to the World, Baby Girl and this one Standing in the Rainbow The rhythm of her writing is soothing and funny and familiar It feels as though a favorite aunt is telling these stories to you So many colorful and beloved characters It may not win awards or it may but Fannie Flagg s books continue to be some of my favorites and hold a special place in my [...]

    22. Linda on said:

      With this, I finish Fannie Flagg s Elmwood Springs series out of order The order isn t really important, it s all the characters Aunt Elner Shimfissle, Macky and Norma Warren, Tot Whooten, and Dorothy Smith with her radio show The characters are alive and familiar quickly to this reader listener I m glad I still have other of Fannie Flagg s books to go She is always a reliable voice for bringing a shake to my head and a smile to my lips.

    23. Pamela on said:

      Fannie Flagg is gifted with timeless literary richness, painting heartfelt joys and sorrows of life, love, community and the hopeful human spirit Along with all the nuances, idiosyncrasies, frailties, and strengths that go hand in hand with small town American living Standing In The Rainbow gives readers a sense of honorary next door neighbor statues and a warm embracing extended family welcome A delightful read.

    24. Kris - My Novelesque Life on said:

      4 STARS Meet the unforgettable residents of Elmwood Springs, Missouri, in a story that captures the humorous and complex realities of ordinary people, including Neighbor Dorothy, a radio hostess, and her wayward son Bobby, the Oatman Family gospel singers, and hotshot salesman Hamm Sparks From More tales from a small town Elwood Springs Heartwarming and funny.

    25. Emma Gregory on said:

      Billed as a big slice of juicy American apple pie I was keen to take a bite I was disappointed by the first quarter of the book as I thought it was trite but as the characters begin to develop I was increasingly drawn in I pretty much read the second half of the story without putting it down and by the end was satiated, this was pie a la mode.

    26. Alessandro Balestra on said:

      Che non si dica che leggo solo horror 50 anni di storia americana attraverso le vicende di una tipica famiglia alla Happy Days Un romanzo leggero, pieno di buoni sentimenti, ma piacevole e ben scritto.

    27. Debbie on said:

      This was such a good booke kind that you don t want to end I m looking forward to the last Elmwood Springs book The journey through this story is a perfect read for these cold winter days Get a cup of something hot and a warm cat for your lap and enjoy

    28. Valerie on said:

      I couldn t remember if I d read this one or not So I started it again, and I enjoyed the odd feeling of being so smart that I knew what was going to happen Eventually, it occurred to me that I must have read the book already.

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