Each time I read it, it becomes less and less funny, but I still laugh out loud at a few parts. Funny dialogue My view of the book was colored by having seen the movie first, and I prefer the movie. I love Tartan's character and the town of Longwinded. Really not normally a book I choose but it was light, funny and an easy read. It also pokes a lot of fun at the silly things people do in the name of religion that actually have little to do with being a good member of any church.
While I was working at Aspen Books a long time ago, I saw this book sitting in manuscript form sitting on our editor's desk. As a matter of fact, if you watch the movie, pay close attention to the crowd during the talent show. The strange characters are somewhat believable but in a much more condensed version than most small towns. It was the first book I ever read by Robert Farrell Smith and I quite enjoyed it. A nice light read, but when compared with the movie, the book is of course, better.
One woman is trying to fix him up with her daughter but upon seeing the girl, he makes a wide berth - from the young woman's mother. The charm of this story lies in the feud between the Baptists and the Mormons. . Merkley and Beers demonstrate believable chemistry, and Stephens is a welcome comic presence his character deserves more screen time. He's a Mormon but when the eldest in their Mormon clan dies, the numbers are tied once again.
His zany quirky characters are easy to love and want to learn more about. I judge a romance by how much I want to go cuddle up with my husband after I'm done reading, and this did nothing for me. As far as good message and wholesome book, it was a 5. I enjoy this story of a small town, divided on the issue of religion. Fate lands him in a small town affectionately nicknamed Longwinded located deep in the mountains, somewhere in the American Southwest.
He had hopes of finding a wife in this new location but folks there are all quite unconventional. The gentle way he pokes fun at mormon culture, he finds the line and he never crosses it. Of course, since my personal beliefs are closer to Baptist than to Mormon, I would have preferred to have seen the story told from a Baptist-as-peacemaker perspective, but ultimately it made no difference. Because the bartender laughed when Bob made a lousy shot at pool, he took pool balls and threw t Tartan was so named because his mother was fond of Scottish fabric. You both might learn something. The movie is enjoyable as well, you will often see in the background things happening, that the book records, though the movie never points it out. I would recommen I was drawn to this book because of the movie trailer, and I was not disappointed.
The first time I ever read it, I about wet myself during the part where Tartan tries to clean the oil off the white couch. Frustrated, and still single, Tartan makes a desperate bid to change his life and luck by accepting the first transfer that comes along at work. The dialogue of the movie, however, is mostly true to the book, and that is the author's strong point. The characters are quirky, lots of strange happenings, and plenty of romance and tension between Tartan Jones and the young lady he'd like to impress. The movie based on this book is a lot of fun, too. This book is such a fun read.
It's definitely a fun light read. I would probably read it again, in a few years. Suspicions really fly when someone hauls off half the double-wide trailer that has served as the Mormon's chapel. While Tartan's arrival rekindles the longtime feud between Mormons and Baptists, the arrival of the beautiful Charity rekindles Tartan's desire to tie the knot. I understood better some of the story lines, like the missing half of the mobile home, worked out the way they did. Theatrical release in October 2004.
Baptists at Our Barbecue is a story for people of all ages, a reminder that life is a barbecue to which God has invited all of us. Where the prose and narration drags, the dialogue of the secondary characters consistently delivers. This small town contains a motley citizenship of mostly Mormons and Baptists, with some Catholics and atheists and other religions thrown in. Plus it is just hilarious and funny! The Mormons and Baptists far outnumber the other religions. Really not normally a book I choose but it was light, funny and an easy read. I would recommend it to any of my friends.