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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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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 May 19, 2005

    A tale that is as colorful as any rainbow could be

    Reading Standing in the Rainbow made me walk back into memory lane and enjoy the scenary of my childhood. 1946 was a time loooooong before I was born, being a college student now. But the words Flag used in this novel could touch anyone's heart to remember the days when you had suppers with the whole family around the table, a nice bed to sleep in, and a friendly neighbourhood that was filled with smiles and gossip. Flag succeeded to expend a simple story on everyday life into an ironic plot of politics, losses, and the reality of life. It's amazing how one little character could affect the whole story, how one little incident changed lives, and how one little smile brings laughter and joy. The story got me all sentimental!! This is a great story that is told in a very simple and easy-going way.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2003

    Senior Reminiscence

    'Standing in the Rainbow' awakens memories of the 1940's for me when the smell of the feed store in a small town and a trip to the soda fountain at the drug store was the high-light of a summer's day.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2003

    Nice light reading that takes you away

    This is the type of book that truly lets you escape to, what seems to me, a better time and place. The personalities were wonderful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2002

    Pot of Gold At This Rainbow

    Fannie Flagg has done it again. The warm feeling I get after reading her books makes me want them not to end. The fact that she picked up Neighbor Dorothy again after "Welcome to the World Baby Girl" and continued on with these wonderful characters makes life good. Have to read it if you enjoyed "Baby Girl"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2002

    A rainbow of perspective on American culture and society

    I am a big fan of Fannie Flagg- her writing always leaves me feeling warm, and with a refreshed view on the sweeter aspects of family and community. I just finished reading 'Standing in the Rainbow' and I am once again left with Flagg's cheery narrative style still running through my head, leaving me with a happy aftertaste. Although cynics may disagree, I found that 'Standing in the Rainbow' is an often sweet but realistic and sometimes bittersweet portrait into midwestern post-World War II America- from a multitude of perspectives, ranging from housewives, gospel singers, politicians, funeral home directors, and all the other quirky characters one finds in Flagg's writing. In 'Welcome to the World Baby Girl', the novel before 'Standing In The Rainbow,' the theme addressed was that of the virtues of the small town community...in 'Standing In the Rainbow' Flagg uses the same town, and some of the same characters, yet at the end of the novel she has all the major characters die or move out of that town as the times change- making a sad statement on the decline of small town communities that often loose out to big influences...yet there is still hope -in the message that a physical environment doesn't just make a community..it is the people..and people will still hopefully remain with the innate desire to create community, no matter what the obstacle...

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