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Standing in the Rainbow

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Such an enjoyable novel!

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. This was my first experience reading a novel by Fannie Flagg. I found the scope of this novel to be quite impressive. I loved the fact that it followed this family and their acquaintances through fifty years. I found the characters to be...
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. This was my first experience reading a novel by Fannie Flagg. I found the scope of this novel to be quite impressive. I loved the fact that it followed this family and their acquaintances through fifty years. I found the characters to be both lovable and unforgettable. I also enjoyed that the novel was split into episodes with their own quirky titles rather than just chapters. Such a nice change of pace and just a breath of fresh air.

posted by Anonymous on January 19, 2004

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Most Helpful Critical Review

2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

What is this book about?

I like 'slice of life' fiction, but this book just 'lays there.' Nothing happens. A number of characters are introduced and many are not developed. I liked the short chapters, but I wish the characters would have been more woven together and a little more plot and ch...
I like 'slice of life' fiction, but this book just 'lays there.' Nothing happens. A number of characters are introduced and many are not developed. I liked the short chapters, but I wish the characters would have been more woven together and a little more plot and character development had been employed in writing the book. The prose is very easy to read, and I really wanted to like this book. However, I just never found anything meaningful in it to grab hold of.

posted by Anonymous on December 1, 2004

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2004

    What is this book about?

    I like 'slice of life' fiction, but this book just 'lays there.' Nothing happens. A number of characters are introduced and many are not developed. I liked the short chapters, but I wish the characters would have been more woven together and a little more plot and character development had been employed in writing the book. The prose is very easy to read, and I really wanted to like this book. However, I just never found anything meaningful in it to grab hold of.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2002

    Not Up to Flagg's Standard

    As a big fan of Flagg's, I was excited to read this book. Unfortunately, this book is excruciatingly slow and meandering. I kept waiting for something to happen. Although the book picked up for the second half, it took me forever to get through.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2002

    NO RAINBOW FOR ME!

    I fell in love with FLAGG'S first two books, and bought the last two eagerly expecting to be glued to the book to the finish...and left wanting more. WRONG! I had no desire to finish RAINBOW....it was boring, uneventful, plotless, meaningless, FLAGGLESS! SORRY! I am just glad I read FRIED GREEN TOMATOES and DAISY MAE before I read this one, otherwise I would have never discovered the beautiful writing style of FLAGG! SORRY this one wasn't a winner with me!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2002

    So far ... disappointing

    I was excited to see that Fannie Flagg had a new book out, as I thoroughly enjoyed her past novels. And while I liked the first few chapters of 'Standing in the Rainbow,' I am really disappointed by a glaring factual error that I fear has ruined the rest of the novel for me. In the chapter where Doc and Bobby go to St. Louis to watch the World Series, Flagg writes that Bobby had his picture made under the Gateway Arch. Well, the arch was not built until the late 1960s. Hailing from St. Louis, everything else seems historically accurate but that error has left an unappetizing taste. Plus, it seems like after Chapter 3 or so, she's trying too hard.

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