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I Still Dream About You: A Novel (Englisch) Audio-CD – Audiobook, Ungekürzte Ausgabe

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“[Fannie Flagg is] a born storyteller.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Undoubtedly [Flagg’s] wisest book, comic and compassionate . . . Born of a tender heart and nurtured by an imaginative mind, it’s certain to touch the reader’s soul.”—Richmond Times Dispatch
 
“A fun and rollicking Nancy Drew mystery for grown-ups.”—The Birmingham News
 
“Classic Fannie . . . What [Flagg] writes about, time and again, are the touching, terrifying, heartbreaking, hysterical, extraordinary, everyday things that make us human.”—Southern Living


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A major new novel -- the first in four years -- by the irresistible bestselling author of Can't Wait to Get to Heaven, Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!, and Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Audio CD.

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The irrepressible Fannie Flagg won us with such mirth making, affecting stories as Fried Green Tomatoes At The Whistle Stop Café and Welcome To The world, Baby Girl!, now she reminds us of how much we enjoy her in I STILL DREAM ABOUT YOU.

Her latest, a comic/mystery, takes place in Flagg's hometown, Birmingham, Alabama, and centers on Maggie Fortenberry. Now, most would think Maggie had it all - she's a former Miss Alabama, a successful real estate agent at Red Mountain Realty, and has a covey of close friends. At least that's the way it appears - truth is Maggie is seriously depressed because life has not turned out at all the way she planned. She has always dreamed of living in one of the beautiful mansions on top of Red Mountain, cohabiting with a husband who worshiped her and having 2.5 children. Asif that weren't enough, her business is going down the drain thanks to the machinations of Babs "The Beast of Birmingham" Bingington, a double-dealing rival realtor. What had happened to Maggie's dream?

It's all just too much for Maggie to bear to she decides to leave (literally) and pens a suicide note (she does not sign it with the smiley-face that usually accompanies her missives). In the midst of composting this note her friend, Brenda Peoples, calls with the exciting news that the Whirling Dervishes are coming to town for one night only and she has two free tickets. Yes, the real Dervishes from Turkey have been booked at the Alabama Theatre because "The chanting Monks from China or Tibet or somewhere had to cancel."

Brenda insists that Maggie is going with her; she won't take no for an answer. Being a loyal friend Maggie decides that's the least she can do for Brenda, so she simply changes the date on her suicide note.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fannie Flagg Rocks! 30. Oktober 2010
Von Freudian Slips - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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So here's the dilemma: how can a respectable Southern woman, who wants everything neat and orderly, who has a responsibility to always look her best, and who cannot bring shame either to the South or to her former title of Miss Alabama, neatly commit suicide? Particularly when her condo doesn't have a gas stove, she can't use a gun (because the newspapers will be all over that--Southerners and their guns, you know), and her car is leased by her business so she can't wreck it. And to make matters worse, life keeps interfering with her perfect plan. The Whirling Dervishes come to town. A hair appointment looms (and that pesky 24-hour cancellation policy), parking tickets and bills need to be paid first, there's too much goat cheese in the refrigerator, and there's a mystery to be solved in one of the old mansions on the hill.

Such is the dilemma for Maggie Fortenberry, a former Miss Alabama beauty queen who has endeavored to create a picture-perfect life--a "neat orderly way of being" that she envies in other people's lives. She is so busy admiring everyone else's seemingly perfect existence and punishing herself for her private transgressions that when we meet her in this story she is composing (on perfect stationery- with unfortunately a less-than-perfect pen) her suicide note. She approaches her suicide plans in the same calm, orderly way she has tried to live her life: making a list and being careful not to leave any loose ends or mess.

What a wonderful book. Fannie Flagg has such a gift for writing quirky, funny, and compelling characters including the eternally optimistic Hazel, the "biggest little real estate woman in the world", super-smart but ice-cream addicted Brenda, and Babs Bingington, the New Jersey-born real estate agent who is marching through Birmingham like "Sherman taking Atlanta." Not to mention Leroy, the love-struck goat. Flagg has nailed Southern culture and Southern womanhood for all its strength and silliness. And beneath her humor is compassion-- for the characters, their lives, and their stories.

This is a book about dreams--dreams lost and dreams found. The dreams of youth--and how to find new dreams when you are no longer young and "have nothing to look forward to" as Maggie laments. Maggie grew up in "Magic City" above a movie theatre called "Dreamland" but her life hasn't been magical or dreamy-- or maybe it has and she just doesn't see it from within her depression and the seething rage just under the surface of smiles and perfection. Even her home doesn't reflect a real life: it must be immaculate because it is the model home for the condo complex shown by realtors to potential buyers.

Ironically, the act of ending her life is what ends up saving it: as Maggie puts an end to all the activities she's hated but did because she was supposed to (canceling her gym membership for example) she finally starts to own her true self. Where that leads makes this book a wonderful adventure.

Fannie Flagg, who has written two of my favorite books, Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man: A Novel and Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe: A Novel, has done it again. "I Still Dream About You" is another funny, sad, heartfelt story. I realize it's trite to say that you'll laugh and cry--but you will. Enjoy!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Classic Fannie! 5. November 2010
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I couldn't read this fantastic book fast enough. Our main character Maggie feels as if there is nothing more in this life for her, so she has planned her own death. She gives away her clothes, closes her bank account; has basically everything all planned out. But one thing after another keeps happening so she has to delay her death.

All the characters are just fabulous and so full of life you can't help but chuckle outloud throughout the book! I really wanted to get more in depth in what happened between Maggie and Charles though but it never did. That didn't take away from the book though. Brenda is a real hoot - her and her ice cream and sweets.. too funny! Ethel, her purple hair and all, what an image in my mind! I sure did love all the memories of Hazel though!

Fannie's books always have women in such a wonderful bold scene -- very awesome to read!

Every time Maggie gets ready to go down to the river and then something happens to delay her, I think God is speaking to her. What made this book even better is the bit of mystery about what they find in the trunk in the attic at Crestview! Nothing like a good little mystery hidden deep in a wonderful book like this!

Perfect book to read this holiday season all warm and toasty inside -- Enjoy! Fannie Flagg is worth the wait!
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Charming ... 2. November 2010
Von rebelmomof2 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I love Fannie Flagg and have read every single one of her novels, which is why I picked up this one. It's charming but not as good as her others. There is something missing in this novel ... something like sass and a sharp wit that are evident in her other novels. There is a spark to Maggie but it took forever for Flagg to lead us to the moment when Maggie, a former beauty queen, finally stopped whining about how miserable her life is and how much better being dead would be.

This book is more depressing than funny and sweet, and it is incredibly predictable, which takes the charm of the book out of it for me. The book focuses on Maggie, a woman who has a dark secret in her past and how it overshadowed everything positive in her life, leaving her at the age of 60 still single and childless and floundering at this big realty firm that is being stalked by a ruthless woman named Babs (so predictable!). Maggie had also lost her best friend, Hazel, who was the one person in the world that kept it brighter and still turning on its axis. Then there's Brenda, her other best friend, also a single woman but determined to enjoy life in its all fatty goods.

Maggie decides that the world would be better off without her and planned an elaborate suicide that she had to keep putting off because of an event that she was supposed to attend with Brenda; then a gorgeous antique mansion fell into her lap and she had to sell it and on and on. It got to be annoying instead of funny ... because I do not find suicide a laughing matter. Then there was a skeleton found in the attic of the house she is commissioned to sell and it came with its own set of mysteries that she never completely discovered (though Flagg did reveal it to the reader).

It would have been a fantastic book if it weren't so depressing and predictable. It is with disappointment that I write this because I have waited such a long time to read another one of Flagg's books. She really is one of my favorite authors and if you're a fan of hers, you might still enjoy this; just don't expect it to be of the same quality as her others.

11/2/10
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Welcome to Magic City 9. November 2010
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Once again, Fannie Flagg manages to find humor in everything, from a pending suicide to a midget Real Estate agent.

Maggie Fortenberry had no more reason to live. It wasn't anything specific; the former Miss Alabama was just done. Finished. Her note was just about written when her best friend, Brenda, phoned with tickets to see the Whirling Dervishes. Maggie, always the lady, hated to disappoint, so she postponed her plans.

And things KEEP cropping up, in a most humorous fashion.

In I Still Dream About You, the characters are vibrant and personable, from Maggie and Brenda to Hazel, "the biggest little real estate woman in the world" and Ethel, always in purple. Readers will even enjoy Babs, "the Beast of Birmingham" and her horrid antics used to steal clients away from Hazel's agency.

The characters are full of dreams. Hazel's dreams, not only for her agency but for her life, inspired her employees long after she died. Hazel held them together. Even Maggie's final delay for her Big Decision was inspired by Hazel.

The book occasionally gives us small glimpses back in time. They are nicely written and easy to follow.

I Still Dream About You is witty and charming and even surpasses Flagg's other works (which include Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe and A Redbird Christmas).

The only problem with this book was the wait between this and the last.

Fannie Flagg may be in her 60s, but her writing shows no signs of flagging. May she continue to write for us.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen trite and sophomoric.... superficial. 23. Januar 2011
Von Renee Aubuchon - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Flagg's ability to bring amusing characters to life remains intact. The story itself is unfortunately trite and sophomoric. There is no depth here. There are donuts, wigs, Miss Alabama, The Sound of Music, and for some unknown reason whirling dervishes are thrown into the mix. I had hope when the dervishes showed up, but that was a thread that was never effectively woven into the story and seemed to have been forgotten.

When my sons were little we used to take turns telling stories. When it was your turn, you spontaneously developed the story for a couple of minutes, and then it became the next person's turn. They had to take the story as it had evolved and move it forward. Sometimes one person or didn't like the path the previous story weaver had taken. And so they would negate what that person had said by saying by saying "...and then they found out it was all a dream." This was such a lame way to deal with the story, a way of cheating and negating what had just been said, that eventually we became disgusted with ourselves and made a rule about our storytelling ventures: "And it was all a dream..." is not allowed. Flagg pulls out this cheap trick in her book. I was really surprised to see an author of her stature go for it. And I was disappointed.

The reasoning for why the main character makes a major life transition was rather weak. It could have been much stronger. That might have been accomplished by weaving the dervishes back into the story.

If you want a fluffy, superficial feel-good book with adorable characters thinly drawn, then this book might be what you are looking for.

And yes, I expect Flagg fans to be angry about this review. Please take it as a sign of my respect for Fannie Flagg- that I believe she can do better than this.
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