I was so drawn to the unique way this novel by Fannie Flagg was constructed that I decided to make a grid to illustrate its design.
In the novel we rove between news reports from a local paper called Weems Weekly; scenes that take place in a Nursing Home or the Whistle Stop Café itself as well as a variety of other locations; while the events take place over a 70-year period between 1917 and 1987.
In the table that you can access from the link below you will see a breakdown according to scene, events, times of occurrence, and the page when each begins.
Different fonts help to characterise particular locations. I hope you find it as much fun to read as I did in compiling it!
Why do I like Patrick White’s style so much?
Just raving about him doesn’t convince anyone,
so I decided to group some of the features that set my spine tingling.
Here are a few fragments from Riders in the Chariot, as a taster:
- Mrs Jolley’s face, which was still eating, had become a series of lumps.
- More than a little disarranged, her flesh turned mauve beneath the last vestiges of powder, the Lady from Czernowitz was still able to glitter from behind the kohl.
- ‘If you will pass this way,’ almost shouted the plump goddess, perspiring on her foam rubber.
- Little sighs would break, scintillating, on the Wilton wall-to-wall
- The two ladies clutched each other by the gloves.
- Mr Hoggett, who was pretty big, simply sat, in his singlet, expressing himself with his belly.
- Her mouth, which was working to solve, suddenly subsided on the teeth.
For a fuller analysis of some of my favourite lines, see the table attached below:
When reading this book by Jon McGregor for our book group, I felt impelled to create a diagram of the houses in the street he describes, with a few details about each inhabitant.
This was partly out of curiosity, and partly to act as a reference to help my failing memory! I wondered if anyone else would find it a useful, house-shaped visual aid…
Here is the diagram: