Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Wednesday's Books

First let me welcome Chicken Underwear and THE OLD GEEZER, two new followers of my blog.

Second: So far in Wednesday's Books, I have only written about the books I read while I recovered from my fall in the beginning of May. These are not my all time favorite books, those you can see in my Profile. I have several more of my recovery period books to write about, after that, I'll find others. There's never a shortage of books around here. Except for right now, maybe, I have to check my bookcase again. The Brothers Karamazov loom in my mind, but they will have to get out of that monestary before I pick that one up again.


Standing in the Rainbow
By Fannie Flagg

I read Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop CafĂ© by Fannie Flagg a long time ago and saw the film when it first came out. I liked both a lot so I read the other couple of books written by her at the time. This one, I never got around to and it's another one that's been sitting in my bookcase for years. This book was a perfect read while I was recovering from my fall. I laughed a lot – out loud even! Fanny Flagg presents an America in this book that never really existed or certainly never existed for everyone: The Andy Griffith, Beaver Cleaver town and era. Most of the best part of the book covers life in a small town in America in the 1940s and 50s. A town where most everyone is the same, shares the same beliefs, and has a white picket fence. But in the midst of all this, the most unusual, zany, weird, interesting, and hilarious characters appear. A well-written and very funny account of life in small-town America.

Standing in the Rainbow also took me back to my own childhood. It starts in 1946, Truman is president and the war has just ended. In 1946 I was six years old and my world was also all the same. I lived in a suburb of Stockholm, we had a lovely garden where everything you could imagine grew, from gooseberries, currants, raspberries, potatoes, beets, lettuce, apples, pears, plums, even peaches to gorgeous flowers. It was safe for kids to wander and play wherever we wanted, no adults were necessary, there were no play dates, no adult supervision, everyone just played with each other in each other's yards. There were animals: hamsters, guinea pigs, and dogs everywhere. And one felt safe, so very safe. I remember only one fear: Polio.

As I grew up, I learned, as we all do that bad things happen, tragedies happen, and there can be very bad people living in the midst of all that peaceful sameness.

But in 1946, as far as I knew, I lived in a perfect world. And that was the feeling I got from this book -- it brought me back to that time. Standing in a rainbow I think means we can all let ourselves feel good about life. I for one am immensely grateful for my safe childhood that allowed me to grow up unafraid of life and people.

Have a great Wednesday everyone -- I'm off to my BIL's house now, hoping to see some more wildlife while I do my laundry.

9 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great book. I enjoyed Fried Green Tomatoes ( book & movie). As soon as I find time I will check this one out from the library.
    Thanks for the suggestion.

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  2. Nice to see these by Fannie Flagg. She is from Alabama as I am. I have been to the cafe that she mentions and had fried green tomatoes.

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  3. Good Morning, Inger!
    That sounds like a good read for you while healing, laughter and all that. I remember then too, that feeling of safety and innocence.
    Have a great day now!

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  4. Oh, Inger, that was my life, too. Our big threat was nuclear war, but that was so big that it really didn't sink in to our kid sized brains. Duck and cover was mainly a way to get out of some lesson time. I'm off to order this one from Amazon.

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  5. sounds wonderful! I find myself more and more often looking for a read that can transport me to a simpler, quieter place in time..

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  6. I don't know that I've ever read any of her books... I might have to give one a try.

    Ahem.

    After I finish the ones on my nightstand. For some reason, I can't read while my eyes are shut...

    Cat

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  7. AJ-Oaks: It will appeal to your sense of humor and lower your stress level. So a good one, my friend, for you.

    Peggy: How great is that!

    Sharon: Thanks, my day was mixed, way too hot, got dehydrated, had low sugars, but did accomplish all I set out to do in town.

    Louise: I think you will enjoy the book. Nuclear threats came a bit later, I think. But not to little Sweden, of course.

    Polly: I think that's why we all want to live in the country. The simple life.

    Cat: you are so funny...I read myself to sleep as well. I guess that's why it takes me a while to finish a book.

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  8. Another one for my 'winter reading'. Sounds like a good read. Oh if life were like standing in a rainbow....all the time. Must be what childhood is for, don't you think? thanks Inger.
    Jim

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  9. Jabacue: Yes, I think that's what everyone's childhood should be like. Isn't is sad so many kids don't get to stand in a rainbow?

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Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger

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