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Can't Wait to Get to Heaven

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Ms. Flagg has a wonderful gift for storytelling, and I just can'

Ms. Flagg has a wonderful gift for storytelling, and I just can't recommend her books enough. If you love small town reading, and funny characters, definitely give this a shot. I can't see how anyone couldn't not fall in love with this bunch. Who knew that so many lives...
Ms. Flagg has a wonderful gift for storytelling, and I just can't recommend her books enough. If you love small town reading, and funny characters, definitely give this a shot. I can't see how anyone couldn't not fall in love with this bunch. Who knew that so many lives would be affected the day Mrs. Elner Shimfissle fell out of her fig tree and was stung to 'death' by over seventeen wasps? And I just loved meeting up with some of my favorite characters from her previous books 'Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!', and 'Standing in the Rainbow'.  Norma's aunt, was up in the fig tree to get some figs to make a preserve when she disturbed a wasp's nest and got stung and fell off the ladder. This is not the first time she has done that. She has fallen off the ladder other times and drove her niece, Norma, crazy and worried with fear. This time, Elner was knocked out cold. This is just the beginning of an adventure for the townsfolks of Elmwood Springs, Missouri. Elner is taken to Kansas City to the hospital there. Norma and her husband, Macky, followed behind. Ruby and Tots, the local hairdresser takes care of things at Elner's house and the stories just keep on flowing. Bittersweet and heart-warming, it made me, the reader, wish that people would think of me the same way they did Elner. And not only that, it's a reminder to take life a little bit on the easy and slow side because you never know when the last day will come. It may be too late to do all the things you wish you could do or have said.  Flagg is a brilliant story teller with a unique and wonderful way with words. It has been a long time since I have laughed out loud while reading a book and a few moments later found myself with tears in my eyes over an unexpected sad turn of events. This is another "must read" from the gifted Flagg.     

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Most Helpful Critical Review

2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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I was very disappointed in this book. I was looking forward to reading it because I loved Fried Green Tomatoes. The entire time I was reading it, I was trying to find something redeeming (good writing, humor, insight, something I didn't know). Everything that happens ...
I was very disappointed in this book. I was looking forward to reading it because I loved Fried Green Tomatoes. The entire time I was reading it, I was trying to find something redeeming (good writing, humor, insight, something I didn't know). Everything that happens is so predictable and trite. Here's a bit of wisdom from the book: 'She took the advice Elner had given her and was living everyday as if it might be her last.' Or how about 'when your dead, people go through all your things, so if you have anything you don't want found, you better get rid of it before you go!' Shame on you Fannie. You cashed in on the reputation of FGT. I feel like I wasted the $14.00 this book cost.

posted by Anonymous on July 5, 2008

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2008

    A reviewer

    I was very disappointed in this book. I was looking forward to reading it because I loved Fried Green Tomatoes. The entire time I was reading it, I was trying to find something redeeming (good writing, humor, insight, something I didn't know). Everything that happens is so predictable and trite. Here's a bit of wisdom from the book: 'She took the advice Elner had given her and was living everyday as if it might be her last.' Or how about 'when your dead, people go through all your things, so if you have anything you don't want found, you better get rid of it before you go!' Shame on you Fannie. You cashed in on the reputation of FGT. I feel like I wasted the $14.00 this book cost.

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2012

    Okay, but not as good as other Fannie Flagg novels.

    Not as good as previous books by Fannie Flagg novels I read.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2007

    I didn't like it

    I'm sorry, but I really did not like this book. It started well. However, the book quickly became overwhelmingly boring as I read chapter after chapter about Elner's wonderful effect on the lives of various people. After a while, it just became much too repetitive. I finally gave up and put the book down approximately 100 pages from the end.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2006

    Cute but not clever

    Although I enjoyed this book, it is not nearly as good as Fannie Flagg's other books. Although the story is good and moves along, the moral message was simple and at times I felt Fannie Flagg was using one of the characters to preach her own feelings about the state of the world. This book is a bit religious in nature but is very neutral in religious tone and would appeal to anyone. I have re-read her other books a few times, but I don't see myself re-reading this book anytime soon. There is nothing unique about this book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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