Hello, Dear Bloggites. It’s Me, again! I just finished April’s Books & Broads Book Club book, The Whole Town’s Talking by Fannie Flagg. I know, I am still a few months behind but plan on making up for it within the next week by reading all the books I did not read.
I love Fannie Flagg. Her writing is very entertaining and easy. This book is no exception. The Whole Town’s Talking is about several generations spread out from 1889 to 2020 and all the decades in between. The story follows a group of settlers and their legacy through the generations in a small town in America.
The characters are very complex and each one has their own fun, quirky side unique to that person. The novel is an easy read with short chapters. When I was reading it, I felt as if I was sitting down with a good friend listening to them tell me a fun story. The author wrote in the third person (which I love) but it was a conversational third person, thus the feeling of being told a story by a friend.
The only big fault in this novel is that by the middle of the book, I found myself becoming bored due to the repeated cadence of the same ‘ol, same ‘ol. Most stories build up to a climax and then it brings you on the adventure but this story really had no plot or climax, just reading about people and their lives, much like an old-time gossiper of a small town where everyone knows everyone and most are related in some way or another. By the middle, I was wanting the book to be over. I did enjoy the story, but it felt like a conversation that went well past its designated end time.
Fannie Flagg is an exceptional author and very entertaining. You can tell her intent in this book was just to give people entertainment while delving into a little historical nostalgia of a time way back when. If you are looking for something to read that is entertaining but does not require a lot of thought and focus, this is the perfect book to read.
I give The Whole Town’s Talking by Fannie Flagg 3 out of 5 Bookmarks. Happy Reading!