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Title: Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man
Author: Fannie Flagg
Publisher: Published September 13th 2005 by Ballantine Books (first published 1981)
ISBN: 9780345485601
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In Fannie Flagg’s high-spirited first novel, we meet Daisy Fay Harper in the spring of 1952, where she’s “not doing much except sitting around waiting for the sixth grade.” When she leaves Shell Beach, Mississippi, in September 1959, she is packed up and ready for the Miss America Pageant, vowing “I won’t come back until I’m somebody.” But in our hearts she already is. Sass In Fannie Flagg’s high-spirited first novel, we meet Daisy Fay Harper in the spring of 1952, where she’s “not doing much except sitting around waiting for the sixth grade.” When she leaves Shell Beach, Mississippi, in September 1959, she is packed up and ready for the Miss America Pageant, vowing “I won’t come back until I’m somebody.” But in our hearts she already is. Sassy and irreverent from the get-go, Daisy Fay takes us on a rollicking journey through her formative years on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. There, at The End of the Road of the South, the family malt shop freezer holds unspeakable things, society maven Mrs. Dot hosts Junior Debutante meetings and shares inspired thoughts for the week (such as “sincerity is as valuable as radium”), and Daisy Fay’s Daddy hatches a quick-cash scheme that involves resurrecting his daughter from the dead in a carefully orchestrated miracle. Along the way, Daisy Fay does a lot of growing up, emerging as one of the most hilarious, appealing, and prized characters in modern fiction.

30 review for Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man

  1. 5 out of 5

    Pat

    Fannie Flagg is a brilliantly funny, authentic writer. If you ever read "Fried Green Tomatoes At the Whistle Stop Cafe" or saw the movie, you will surely like this one too. It is a highly entertaining account of the formative years of a very down to earth girl growing up in Coastal Mississippi in the 50's. Great characterization! The writing style is unique and is as though Daisy were simply have a conversation with you. Most enjoyable. Give it a try!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Cherie

    I did enjoy the end of the book more than the beginning, but it was hard for me to want to keep going through this. I have to admit that I like Ms. Flagg's later books much better!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Georgiana 1792

    Un affresco divertente, ma di certo non idilliaco, della piccola provincia del Sud degli Stati Uniti negli anni '50, narrato da una ragazzina, Daisy Fay Harper, nel suo diario, a partire dagli undici anni fino ai diciotto. Vengono affrontati numerosi temi - la discriminazione dei neri, l'alcolismo, i finti predicatori e vari tipi di truffe, le associazioni femminili che cercavano di educare le figlie dell'America con una moralità finto-puritana, la violenza domestica e l'incesto, ecc. - ma con i Un affresco divertente, ma di certo non idilliaco, della piccola provincia del Sud degli Stati Uniti negli anni '50, narrato da una ragazzina, Daisy Fay Harper, nel suo diario, a partire dagli undici anni fino ai diciotto. Vengono affrontati numerosi temi - la discriminazione dei neri, l'alcolismo, i finti predicatori e vari tipi di truffe, le associazioni femminili che cercavano di educare le figlie dell'America con una moralità finto-puritana, la violenza domestica e l'incesto, ecc. - ma con il velo dell'ingenuità attraverso il quale Daisy Fay - che non è certo la più sveglia delle ragazzine - vede il mondo che la circonda. Forse non è il migliore romanzo di Fannie Flagg, ma riesce a dipingere con leggerezza un periodo storico di sicuro non allegro, senza quell'alone di tragedia che alcune delle vite descritte avrebbero potuto portarsi dietro. (view spoiler)[E la descrizione delle prove di abilità di Miss Mississippi, in cui quasi nessuna delle candidate riesce a dare il meglio di sé sulla scena, è davvero esilarante. (hide spoiler)]

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tammra

    This is one of my favorite books. It is so fun to read and fun to review. It is fun to see the adult world in this way through the eyes of an optimistic child. The story takes place during the 1950s in the South. The antics of Daisy Fay are heart-warming, crazy and at times side-splitting hilarious. I would recommend this book for everyone to enjoy.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bobby

    This is a coming of age tale of a young girl who dares to look at life with great optimism and sense of fun despite the fact that she is lives the unfortunate circumstance of a child with an alcoholic parent. Her father and mother's troubled marriage and her father's scheming and drinking do not dampen her zest for life, her creativity, or her spunk. Her story is shared in a diary style, yet tells far more than a diary. Daisy Fay is a maturing female who likes to write and she treasures her pape This is a coming of age tale of a young girl who dares to look at life with great optimism and sense of fun despite the fact that she is lives the unfortunate circumstance of a child with an alcoholic parent. Her father and mother's troubled marriage and her father's scheming and drinking do not dampen her zest for life, her creativity, or her spunk. Her story is shared in a diary style, yet tells far more than a diary. Daisy Fay is a maturing female who likes to write and she treasures her papers, ultimately keeping them in a locked box. We are privileged to read her papers. This is a novel that is filled with humor, yet shares life's sadness. Sometimes it is hard to enjoy the chuckle offered in Daisy Fay's life experience because of the heartache ever present. One easily comes to love Daisy Fay, who takes her circumstances as a matter of course and does not let her reality get in the way of her adventure. It is refreshing to read a story where poverty and misfortune are recognized as part of human experience, but not one that fully defines a life. Fannie Flagg writes a novel that clearly indicates the damaging aspects of Daisy Fay's father's alcoholism, but also presents the miracle of his imagination and spirit. Daisy provides a strong female character whose perseverance creates possibilities for a future other than what is assumed to be destiny for children who grow up in her situation. She is a self assured and self sufficient young woman who comes from a line of women who have held their own, especially her grandmothers and her great aunt. Perhaps in a small way, her mother shows strength in finally leaving her father and making a life for herself. Daisy Fay's mother seemed to have wanted more from her life and then because of her reliance on a man to take care of her, never achieved what she desired. I quickly fell in love with Daisy Fay when reading this novel. By the time I finished the novel, I was also in love with Fannie Flagg, her writing, her wit, her humor and her perspective on life. Fannie Flagg recognizes we all have our troubles. Some are hidden away and some are right out in public for everyone to see, but in either case we need not be ashamed by our situation. We are all worthy people and we all do better to support one another than to look down on one another. Life is to celebrate and enjoy.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    Fannie Flagg books -the one you read when you feel that you are at your lowest point, when you feel that the world cannot get any worse, when you feel so over burdened that you are ready to go to pieces...if you can stop for a moment and pick up book, read anything written by Fannie Flagg and I PROMISE you that you will feel better...you will laugh and you will cry...you will do both at the same time...she is by far one of the best fiction/humor writers since Damon Runyon walked into Mindy's and Fannie Flagg books -the one you read when you feel that you are at your lowest point, when you feel that the world cannot get any worse, when you feel so over burdened that you are ready to go to pieces...if you can stop for a moment and pick up book, read anything written by Fannie Flagg and I PROMISE you that you will feel better...you will laugh and you will cry...you will do both at the same time...she is by far one of the best fiction/humor writers since Damon Runyon walked into Mindy's and asked if they made more cheese cake than strudel. It is unfair to say that Fannie Flagg is strictly a Southern writer as it unfair to say that Runyon was a great New York writer...they both share an uncanny ear for the way people speak and are able to write it...you can read a Fannie Flagg novel and just walk away..her characters just stay with you and they're honest, even when they're doing something they shouldn't they remain true to themselves... I was reading this on the train one day, and burst out laughing at one point, I just couldn't stop laughing...this is a wonderful story...

  7. 5 out of 5

    Paolina Daniele

    La storia di una bambina che pian piano diventa donna, che affronta la vita con leggerezza pur vivendola nelle sue sfumature più tragiche. La Daisy Fay intelligente e birichina delle prime pagine lascia a poco poco il posto alla Daisy Fay più donna e matura delle ultime pagine. La trama si dispiega con facilità tra le righe di un diario che include diversi anni di vita, anni in cui Daisy vive intensamente ogni esperienza; l'amore dei genitori verso di lei che stride con la mancanza di amore tra La storia di una bambina che pian piano diventa donna, che affronta la vita con leggerezza pur vivendola nelle sue sfumature più tragiche. La Daisy Fay intelligente e birichina delle prime pagine lascia a poco poco il posto alla Daisy Fay più donna e matura delle ultime pagine. La trama si dispiega con facilità tra le righe di un diario che include diversi anni di vita, anni in cui Daisy vive intensamente ogni esperienza; l'amore dei genitori verso di lei che stride con la mancanza di amore tra di loro in modo tagliente e sottile, l'amicizia, i primi amori e il vero amore che però termina in modo insperato. Lei è forte, schietta, creativa e intelligente. Suo padre all'inizio è presente e insieme fanno tante cose quando cresce però è assente e viene nominato poco, quelle poche volte che lo vede mentre sua madre è sempre nei suoi pensieri. Mi è piaciuto molto il personaggio di Jimmy Snow, amico di Bill suo padre, che si prende cura di lei soprattutto durante l'adolescenza. Una lettura molto ricreativa che consiglio!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Pamela

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Quite seriously, this is the funniest book I have ever read and has become one of my favorites of all time. This is Flagg's first book, written in a diary format of an 11-year-old girl who grows up in Mississippi spanning until she is 16 years old. Either Flagg was related to some of the oddest people on the planet, or, more likely, she has a remarkable sense of comic description. There's little plot in the book, rather it's a series of anecdotes about growing up in the South in the 1950s. The b Quite seriously, this is the funniest book I have ever read and has become one of my favorites of all time. This is Flagg's first book, written in a diary format of an 11-year-old girl who grows up in Mississippi spanning until she is 16 years old. Either Flagg was related to some of the oddest people on the planet, or, more likely, she has a remarkable sense of comic description. There's little plot in the book, rather it's a series of anecdotes about growing up in the South in the 1950s. The book needs no plot. It gets so impossibly funny that a traditional plotline would take away from the hilarity of her characters. I used to teach 4th grade and read it aloud (I edited out about 100 pages of PG-13 content) to my students, but though I had read it about a dozen times previously, found myself unable to read it aloud because I was laughing so hard. My poor students didn't know what to make of it. Deliciously, the book makes particular targets of the ridiculousness of race and class. As a teenager, the protagonist finds herself participating in the Miss Mississippi pageant in 1958, aligning herself with several women who are in it for the scholarships and are quite aware of the lack of congeniality of the organizers and the other participants. As previously mentioned, there is some PG-13 content, and the book isn't without sadness. Flagg's second book, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe got a lot more attention, but don't pass this one up. You won't regret it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Regina

    I liked the first 100 pages of this book and really appreciated the fresh, funny voice of the 11-year-old narrator. She seemed like the embodiment of that age as I remember it. I eventually tired of the story though and honestly didn't think a lot of the things that happened to her were funny.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mariatakones

    Un libro que pasa a ser uno de mis grandes favoritos. Un libro que trata de hacernos ver que a pesar de la miseria que tengamos o las penurias, siempre hay que sacar la parte positiva; últimamente he descubierto a personas admirables que tienen la capacidad de hacer eso, de ver lo bueno dentro de lo malo. Aunque la novela sea el diario de una niña durante su tránsito a la juventud, no os dejéis engañar; su lectura es simple pero llena de mucho contenido. Podréis leer sobre el Sur de los Estados Un libro que pasa a ser uno de mis grandes favoritos. Un libro que trata de hacernos ver que a pesar de la miseria que tengamos o las penurias, siempre hay que sacar la parte positiva; últimamente he descubierto a personas admirables que tienen la capacidad de hacer eso, de ver lo bueno dentro de lo malo. Aunque la novela sea el diario de una niña durante su tránsito a la juventud, no os dejéis engañar; su lectura es simple pero llena de mucho contenido. Podréis leer sobre el Sur de los Estados Unidos y un magnífico estudio sociológico de personajes y situaciones de esos años. Y ya os digo que aunque es comedia, dentro de la obra se nos muestran diversas situaciones: sectas racistas y cómo "convivían" negros y blancos , alcoholismo, infidelidad, malos tratos, ludopatia, homosexualidad... Y todo esto aderezado con una magnífica trama con una escritura magistral. Se nota que la autora era guionista (desde los diecinueve años) cada escena y diálogo son perfectamente visualizables para el lector. No busquéis este libro en librerías comunes. Por desgracia, Fannie Flag es una autora a la que en España no se le ha dado nunca importancia (a pesar de su famosa obra "Tomates verdes fritos"). Buscad el libro en bibliotecas o librerías de segunda mano, ya que por desgracia, está descatalogado. Lo podréis encontrar en distintas ediciones. ¿Recomendaría este libro? Sí, sin duda alguna. He reído a mandíbula batiente, he llorado a moco tendido y desde luego que este será uno de esos libros de relectura, de los que te dejan con una sonrisa en el alma al acabarlos.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Laura Rodd

    It’s narrative voice is that of an eleven-year old girl from Jackson, Mississippi who is watching her parents struggle through a nasty break up and separation, her father addiction to alcohol, her mother’s inevitable abandonment of the family, and the mistakes of a myriad of other adults who should be stabilizing influences in her young life. She sees all with clarity, (perhaps only children are able to have because they are at the stage in their human development where they have no conception It’s narrative voice is that of an eleven-year old girl from Jackson, Mississippi who is watching her parents struggle through a nasty break up and separation, her father addiction to alcohol, her mother’s inevitable abandonment of the family, and the mistakes of a myriad of other adults who should be stabilizing influences in her young life. She sees all with clarity, (perhaps only children are able to have because they are at the stage in their human development where they have no conception of compromise, failed expectations or the endless drive to pursue hopeless dreams) and is blindly optimistic that all will be right in her world given time. Daisy Frances Harper matures into a young woman who faces challenges around every corner. Her father’s drunken behavior, the death of her mother after an “unnatural separation” for years from her child, the bitterness of her extended family, the racist pathologies surrounding her poor white community would all pulled her down if not for her sense of loyalty, humor, and eccentric pluckiness. This book was a bittersweet coming of age story of an exceptional Southern girl whose heart is as big as Alaska.

  12. 4 out of 5

    MissSusie

    Daisy Fay Harper is now one of my favorite characters! She is spunky and independent and surrounded by a great cast of characters. This book spans Daisy Fay’s life from 1952-1959 at the beginning of the book she is 11 years old. Daisy Fay’s daddy is a drunk but she stands by him through thick and thin, he isn’t a mean drunk so that’s ok LOL. It is so fun to read about her discovering life especially since this book is set in the 50’s.One of my favorite scenes is when they are living in Shell Beac Daisy Fay Harper is now one of my favorite characters! She is spunky and independent and surrounded by a great cast of characters. This book spans Daisy Fay’s life from 1952-1959 at the beginning of the book she is 11 years old. Daisy Fay’s daddy is a drunk but she stands by him through thick and thin, he isn’t a mean drunk so that’s ok LOL. It is so fun to read about her discovering life especially since this book is set in the 50’s.One of my favorite scenes is when they are living in Shell Beach and Daisy likes to sneak in and watch the entertainment at the local Blue Gardenia Lounge like the one-legged tap dancer and Ray Layne the young singer but the one she is so looking forward to is a real dancer from New Orleans named Tawny the Tasseled lady and her reaction to that was “She isn’t even a real dancer!” “All she does is spin them tassels one way then the other and shake around” I laughed so hard picturing this! Not only is Daisy a great character but everyone else is this book is too from her bingo addicted grandma, to her daddy’s best friend Jimmy Snow who is a crop duster but seems to crash his plane a lot! Oh my I could just go on and on about this book this is the 3rd book by Fannie Flagg I’ve read and I think it is now my mission to read everything she has ever written. If you like southern fiction and great characters who will make you laugh out loud you must read this book! 5 Stars

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tricia

    Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man is a coming-of-age story set in Mississippi in the 1950s. The story is told in diary entries (which I love) and follows Daisy from age 11 until after she finishes high school. Daisy is a spunky character who has to put up with a completely dysfunctional family, including an alcoholic father. There are all kinds of interesting characters involved including a crippled girl, a man with elphantiasis, an albino woman, Daisy's best friend Pickle, and Daisy's arch-nemesis, Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man is a coming-of-age story set in Mississippi in the 1950s. The story is told in diary entries (which I love) and follows Daisy from age 11 until after she finishes high school. Daisy is a spunky character who has to put up with a completely dysfunctional family, including an alcoholic father. There are all kinds of interesting characters involved including a crippled girl, a man with elphantiasis, an albino woman, Daisy's best friend Pickle, and Daisy's arch-nemesis, Kay Bob Benson. Fannie Flagg manages to incorporate so many of life's complex issues into the story that it really adds depth and meaning to the experiences of the characters. The author weaves in issues such as race, abuse, and homosexuality applicable to the time period and location. The book is very funny, often poignant, and at times heart-breaking. But, I was rooting for Daisy the whole way and I enjoyed the journey.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Zapata

    We meet Daisy Fay Harper when she is eleven years old, and we follow her transformation from girl to woman through the pages of her diary. I love this book; every time I read it I laugh out loud. The Haunted House scene in Part I is priceless, as is the Miss Mississippi beauty pageant in Part 2. But life is not all candy corn and roses for Daisy Fay. She has to come to terms with some very adult issues over the years, and all of these are handled with delicate skill by the author and Daisy hersel We meet Daisy Fay Harper when she is eleven years old, and we follow her transformation from girl to woman through the pages of her diary. I love this book; every time I read it I laugh out loud. The Haunted House scene in Part I is priceless, as is the Miss Mississippi beauty pageant in Part 2. But life is not all candy corn and roses for Daisy Fay. She has to come to terms with some very adult issues over the years, and all of these are handled with delicate skill by the author and Daisy herself. Anyone who enjoyed Fannie Flagg's Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe would also enjoy this book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Aurora Arnautu

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The first part of this book seemed dull to me and i was on the brink of putting it aside but i said oh crap, i will finish it for the sake of fried green tomatoes ( a novel a loved so much ) ! The second part of the novel has some really funny scenes and little by little i started to like the book. The protagonist Daisy Fay is portrayed as a brave smart and witty little girl. She comes from a broken home her dad is alcoholic and her mom dies of cancer. But still she plucks up her courage and goe The first part of this book seemed dull to me and i was on the brink of putting it aside but i said oh crap, i will finish it for the sake of fried green tomatoes ( a novel a loved so much ) ! The second part of the novel has some really funny scenes and little by little i started to like the book. The protagonist Daisy Fay is portrayed as a brave smart and witty little girl. She comes from a broken home her dad is alcoholic and her mom dies of cancer. But still she plucks up her courage and goes out into the world to become somebody.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sidna

    Wow! This is one of the funniest books I have ever read! I have read several of Fannie Flagg's books and thought some were better than others. Sometimes I felt she was trying too hard to be funny. I was amazed to discover that this book, originally published as "Coming Attractions" in 1981, was her first novel. I had never heard of it until I happened to see it on a shelf in our library used book store. It is unusual for me to laugh or cry when reading a book, but this book was so funny that I la Wow! This is one of the funniest books I have ever read! I have read several of Fannie Flagg's books and thought some were better than others. Sometimes I felt she was trying too hard to be funny. I was amazed to discover that this book, originally published as "Coming Attractions" in 1981, was her first novel. I had never heard of it until I happened to see it on a shelf in our library used book store. It is unusual for me to laugh or cry when reading a book, but this book was so funny that I laughed out loud several times while reading it. Since I usually don't have time to read until I go to bed at night, I was afraid I would laugh so loud I would wake up my husband. We meet Daisy Fay, the protagonist and narrator, when she is 11 years old. She tells her story through her diary entries. One of the funniest lines from the book is about a Southern con man preacher who makes his living through schemes to get people to send him money. One of the scams he tried was selling autographed pictures of The Last Supper, which I thought was hilarious. She says that the preacher should have known better than to try to forge Jesus' signature. Flagg's next book was "Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café, published six years later in 1987. It was made into a movie and is the book for which Flagg is best known as an author. I'm surprised that this book was not made into a movie. There were many scenes that would have been great on film. I wondered if some of the book was autobiographical. Daisy's father is an alcoholic and a con man. When we first meet him he is working at a projectionist in a movie theater and later on owns some small businesses. Flagg's father was a small-business owner and a projectionist. She may have chosen those occupations for Daisy Fay's father because that is what she knew. If you aren't too judgmental and need a laugh, this book is really fun.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Hayden

    I love this book. I think Fannie Flagg might just be my favorite author. Daisy Fay starts out as a spunky young girl with a big imagination and an uncanny ability to see the best in people. She doesn't exactly come from an All-American family, but she loves her Momma and Daddy, despite their shortcomings. Which is not to say she doesn't occasionally get into trouble, because she also has quite a knack for being mischievous too. What I like about this novel is that we get to see little Daisy Fay gr I love this book. I think Fannie Flagg might just be my favorite author. Daisy Fay starts out as a spunky young girl with a big imagination and an uncanny ability to see the best in people. She doesn't exactly come from an All-American family, but she loves her Momma and Daddy, despite their shortcomings. Which is not to say she doesn't occasionally get into trouble, because she also has quite a knack for being mischievous too. What I like about this novel is that we get to see little Daisy Fay grow up. The story isn't just about one particular time in her life. It's written kind of like a journal, but with many more details than a regular diary. Through all her ups and downs, Daisy had people who loved her everywhere she went. And the few people that really couldn't stand her, like Roy Grimmett, Kay Bob Benson, and Claude Pistal, just couldn't understand how someone with so little could be so happy. But I understand. Daisy Fay Harper made up for what she didn't have materially with her kind heart, her faith in herself and the people she loved, and her larger than life personality. She's one of my favorite characters I've come accross in literature.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jay

    I've read almost all of Flagg's other books and saw this one on a list of best Southern books, so I had to give it a shot. If you've had kids, especially girls, in the past 10 years, you might have read some Junie B. Jones books. They are all relatively short books written in diary format told from the point of view of an elementary school-aged girl who gets herself into predicaments. Daisy Fay could well have been Junie B. with a few more years on her. While I really enjoyed reading Junie B. Jo I've read almost all of Flagg's other books and saw this one on a list of best Southern books, so I had to give it a shot. If you've had kids, especially girls, in the past 10 years, you might have read some Junie B. Jones books. They are all relatively short books written in diary format told from the point of view of an elementary school-aged girl who gets herself into predicaments. Daisy Fay could well have been Junie B. with a few more years on her. While I really enjoyed reading Junie B. Jones books with my girls, Daisy Fay was written much more over the top. Where Junie B. would have one or two funny lines per paragraph, Flagg tried to make darn near every line funny, and I felt that was a bit too much. I enjoyed the story of Daisy Fay's life and was disappointed with where it ended, and actually, how it ended. The message to me was that the people you know, your friends, can help you along the way.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mindy

    I have never read a book as brilliantly funny as Daisy Faye. Whenever someone I love needs some cheering up I buy them this book and can't wait for them to read it so I can laugh with them about it. Her disarming sixth grader stream of consciousness prose was so refreshingly different from anything I have ever read. I tried to read a few of her other books and unfortunately did not find them of the same caliber… but she really hit the nail on the head with this one. Daisy Fay is irreverently, ac I have never read a book as brilliantly funny as Daisy Faye. Whenever someone I love needs some cheering up I buy them this book and can't wait for them to read it so I can laugh with them about it. Her disarming sixth grader stream of consciousness prose was so refreshingly different from anything I have ever read. I tried to read a few of her other books and unfortunately did not find them of the same caliber… but she really hit the nail on the head with this one. Daisy Fay is irreverently, accidentally funny in her description of her "white trash" life in her formative years. Her summers at the beach in her family malt shop, her Jr. debutante meetings and her fathers' get rich quick schemes genuinely made me laugh out loud. It's so fun and refreshing to laugh like this alongside a funny sixth grader when most comedies (and jokes for that matter) today are crude, overly sexual and lacking in imagination. Adore this book!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    Hilarious! Really, especially for those born in the 1940s, '50s, or 60's and also for those who know the southern US. This book is funny all the way through and one short chapter had me rolling. Deftly written from the perspective of an 11-year-old girl, who ages in the book 7 years, from 1952-1959. It's hard to write humor, folks, and this is splendid. The voice is perfect. The setting is mostly Mississippi. Characters are priceless. It was a joy to read and I hated that it ended. I've read oth Hilarious! Really, especially for those born in the 1940s, '50s, or 60's and also for those who know the southern US. This book is funny all the way through and one short chapter had me rolling. Deftly written from the perspective of an 11-year-old girl, who ages in the book 7 years, from 1952-1959. It's hard to write humor, folks, and this is splendid. The voice is perfect. The setting is mostly Mississippi. Characters are priceless. It was a joy to read and I hated that it ended. I've read other books by this author, not all of her writings, and this one stands out for me. This is the author of Fried Green Tomatoes that was made into a movie. This book would also make a great movie.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    Haaaaaated it! I don't understand the inspiration behind this book (or, shall I say, the lack thereof?) For starters, what would possess a person to write a book about "white trash" in the first place? Secondly, why do her critics call it "side-splittingly funny" and "sheer, unbeatable entertainment"? I didn't miss the attempted humor...I just found this book to be morally degrading and not all that funny. Some parts caused me to wonder why on earth someone would send this book to print and not Haaaaaated it! I don't understand the inspiration behind this book (or, shall I say, the lack thereof?) For starters, what would possess a person to write a book about "white trash" in the first place? Secondly, why do her critics call it "side-splittingly funny" and "sheer, unbeatable entertainment"? I didn't miss the attempted humor...I just found this book to be morally degrading and not all that funny. Some parts caused me to wonder why on earth someone would send this book to print and not be embarrassed. I'm very disappointed in Fannie Flagg, as her other books I have read were great. I'm hoping this was her only exception.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jess Sweetman

    Loved it. Did some laughing, enjoyed some characters and finally gave myself an excuse not to giggle uncontrollably or mutter the words "oh, I thought that had cleared up" whenever I hear the words Fannie Flagg.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Becky Meyer

    Not my favorite Fannie Flagg book but a fun easy read.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Roberta

    There were some really funny, laugh-out-loud moments in this book, but I have to admit a lot of it felt kind of sordid. Daisy Fay's father was a ne'er-d0-well, skirt-chasing alcoholic who couldn't hold a job, but he did always take care of his daughter. Luckily for Daisy Fay, she did find several adults who took a healthy interest in her and tried to help her become all she could be. The story is set in 1950's Mississippi, so there are some real racial overtones to add authenticity. This is one o There were some really funny, laugh-out-loud moments in this book, but I have to admit a lot of it felt kind of sordid. Daisy Fay's father was a ne'er-d0-well, skirt-chasing alcoholic who couldn't hold a job, but he did always take care of his daughter. Luckily for Daisy Fay, she did find several adults who took a healthy interest in her and tried to help her become all she could be. The story is set in 1950's Mississippi, so there are some real racial overtones to add authenticity. This is one of Fannie Flagg's early books and I think her writing, with the exception of "The Whole Town's Talking" has improved over the years.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Schultz

    I loved this book! At first, I thought, "Why did I choose to read this? Ugh, it's a diary, with random thoughts of a sixth grader, yuck!" Then I started laughing out loud. Next thing I knew, I couldn't put it down. I had a few nights when I got little sleep because I had to read "just one more day", which it never was. I had a few days when I was a little late to work because I had to read "just one more day", which it never was. I recommend this book to anyone who grew up in the South, to anyon I loved this book! At first, I thought, "Why did I choose to read this? Ugh, it's a diary, with random thoughts of a sixth grader, yuck!" Then I started laughing out loud. Next thing I knew, I couldn't put it down. I had a few nights when I got little sleep because I had to read "just one more day", which it never was. I had a few days when I was a little late to work because I had to read "just one more day", which it never was. I recommend this book to anyone who grew up in the South, to anyone who likes to laugh, to any female, to anyone who grew up and realized that their mother gave a false explanation. When Daisy Fay shared her mother's explanation for a Kotex, I thought, "That sounds like something my mother would have told me!"

  26. 4 out of 5

    Gaetano

    Il diario di Daisy, simpaticissima undicenne americana, ci accompagna per mano nella provincia statunitense degli anni ’50 con una semplicità di linguaggio quasi disarmante anche dinanzi agli argomenti più crudi. Con la stessa leggerezza si parla, infatti, di discriminazioni razziali, sessuali, drammi famigliari ed espedienti più o meno leciti per cercare guadagni e successo. Forse non il migliore dei libri della Flagg sinora letti, ma comunque sempre piacevole e ricco di quella profonda ironia e Il diario di Daisy, simpaticissima undicenne americana, ci accompagna per mano nella provincia statunitense degli anni ’50 con una semplicità di linguaggio quasi disarmante anche dinanzi agli argomenti più crudi. Con la stessa leggerezza si parla, infatti, di discriminazioni razziali, sessuali, drammi famigliari ed espedienti più o meno leciti per cercare guadagni e successo. Forse non il migliore dei libri della Flagg sinora letti, ma comunque sempre piacevole e ricco di quella profonda ironia e umanità che ho apprezzato nei suoi racconti. Con il sorriso sempre in agguato.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tom

    No. I hated the way this was written. I enjoy Flagg usually for what she does but this story was just a string of sentences thrown together. Try another first. PS. I just read where this is her first book... she gets better

  28. 4 out of 5

    Donna Craig

    I generally don’t enjoy reading from the perspective of a child. I read half the book 320 pages total) before it clicked. After that, I couldn’t put it down. I recommend this book as a relaxing and funny story with fantastic characters. You will enjoy it.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Claudia Sesto

    "Finora, non ho mai sentito parlare di un solo fatto della vita che mi piaccia." Questo libro è il diario di una ragazzina di nome Daisy Fay Harper che vive nello stato del Mississipi intorno agli anni '50, dove il razzismo dilagava, i bianchi vivevano separati dai neri che erano costretti solo a fare lavori umili e sottomessi. Con tratti ironici, taglienti e graffianti Daisy ci racconta la sua vita con un padre alcolizzato, la madre che alla fine scappa perchè non ce la fa più a stare con un uom "Finora, non ho mai sentito parlare di un solo fatto della vita che mi piaccia." Questo libro è il diario di una ragazzina di nome Daisy Fay Harper che vive nello stato del Mississipi intorno agli anni '50, dove il razzismo dilagava, i bianchi vivevano separati dai neri che erano costretti solo a fare lavori umili e sottomessi. Con tratti ironici, taglienti e graffianti Daisy ci racconta la sua vita con un padre alcolizzato, la madre che alla fine scappa perchè non ce la fa più a stare con un uomo che rovina tutto ciò che costruisce e che dopo poco tempo lascia un vuoto incolmabile nella vita della ragazza perchè muore di cancro, ha un'amica Pickle che ha un padre prete battista che la punisce spesso picchiandola, ha il migliore amico di suo padre Jimmy Snow che è compagno di bevute che si prende cura di lei e le vuole un gran bene, c'è l'eterna rivale Kay Bob Benson dove Daisy fallisce lei puntualmente eccelle e poi ci sono tanti tanti altri personaggi che costellano le sue storie quotidiane, mai ovvi, particolari, stravaganti e originali. Daisy è una che non si abbatte mai, vuole un infinito bene a suo padre nonostante tutto, non si fa alcun problema e si rapporta molto anche con persone di colore, ne combina di ogni genere e mi ha fatto ridere di gran gusto la volta in cui è in riva al mare con la sua amica a prendere il sole, arriva il fratello dell'amica con un mulo e la sfida a cavalcarlo, lei accetta ci monta sopra e inizia a gironzolare con il mulo che ad un certo punto viene punto da un'ape si imbizzarrisce, lei non riesce a domarlo, il sopra del costume le si stacca e cavalca per tutto il villaggio in desabillè! E' un libro ironico, semplice, divertente, ma allo stesso tempo anche toccante perchè nonostante Daisy spesso sia messa davanti al dolore, lei non si lamenta e non si arrende mai, con il sorriso sulle labbra va avanti cercando di vedere i lati positivi in quel poco che ha (è meglio mio padre che beve come una spugna, ma che non mi ha mai sfiorato, che un padre prete che ti picchia selvaggemente) e questo è il grande insegnamento che ci dà. La vita ci può offrire veramente poco, ma quel poco ci deve bastare per cercare di vivere il più serenamente possibile, perchè se non accetti questo principio, puoi commettere errori e sbagli che ti faranno affrontare il tutto in modo ancora peggiore e insoddisfacente. "Se la gente ti parla alle spalle, vuol dire che stai camminando due passi avanti!."

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sandi

    This was a suggested read and the jacket said it was hilarious so I thought I'd give it a try. Maybe I didn't like it because I didn't grow up during the 50s but I really don't think that's the reason. SPOILER ALERT: I will be discussing details of the book so if you haven't read it be warned that you may not want to continue reading my opinion. I didn't like most of the characters in this book. This book was written as a diary so there was some humor but most of it was because of Daisy Fay's ign This was a suggested read and the jacket said it was hilarious so I thought I'd give it a try. Maybe I didn't like it because I didn't grow up during the 50s but I really don't think that's the reason. SPOILER ALERT: I will be discussing details of the book so if you haven't read it be warned that you may not want to continue reading my opinion. I didn't like most of the characters in this book. This book was written as a diary so there was some humor but most of it was because of Daisy Fay's ignorance. She came from a dysfunctional family and I don't think that's funny or glamorous. It's just sad! Her father was a drunk, her mother was a caretaker but not very nurturing, she didn't even tell Daisy Fay about getting her period, and while Daisy Fay seemed nice I felt very sorry for her. She was not an endearing person to me so at times the humorous parts weren't all that funny. The Miracle Man wasn't introduced until at least half way through the book and his character really didn't seem to have that big of a part. Why put his name in the title? I was hoping that the Miracle Man would come back and save Daisy Fay at the end but he didn't. I didn't enjoy the ending at all. Daisy Fay won Miss Mississippi because some people sabotaged the other candidates. I know that happens in real life but I was already so turned off by the characters that it didn't even make the ending that spectacular. I didn't enjoy the sentiment that Flagg tried to establish with other characters that loved Daisy Fay. In addition to the unlikeable characters a major issue I had with the writing was the author's use of the "r" word several times. I work with students that have significant intellectual disorders but I refuse to label them with such an awful word since there are other ways to describe a person's mental functioning that are way more sensitive. The only reason I finished the book was so I could say that I finished it. I read one other book by Fannie Flag (A Redbird Christmas) prior to this one. It was ok but after this book I will not be reading any other books by her. What a waste of time.

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