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Tales of the City (Tales of the City #1)
For almost four decades Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City has blazed its own trail through popular culture—from a groundbreaking newspaper serial to a classic novel, to a television event that entranced millions around the world. The first of nine novels about the denizens of the mythic apartment house at 28 Barbary Lane, Tales is both a sparkling comedy of manners and...more
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But I wasn't able to really conn ...more
3,5 stars rounded up to 4 stars.
I think about...some things...
1) Could I have liked it more if I had read it shortly after the release date. The answer is SURE. OF COURSE. NO DOUBTS.
2) Could I have liked it more if I hadn't' read
Boystown series ? Probably yes. BEFORE reading Tales of the City I was sure that Jake Biondi has discovered a totally new genre. Only Armistead Maupin published his Tales around 35 years earlier than Jake Biondi his Boystown series.(San Francisco vs. Chicago, calm
B-O-R-I-N-G ... P-R-O-S-E
still, an extra star because of the surprisingly intricate narrative.
and that said, i think the miniseries was far more distinctive and interesting.
I've always loved books with complicated, multi-layered, engaging characters and this one definitely offers that. Their philosophy on life radically different from the next person - they laugh and love and hurt, and their stories intertwine unexpectedly and excitedly beneath the San Francisco sk ...more
I'm missing a lot because I didn't read this in 1978, when having half the characters be gay was revolutionary. Maupin was a pioneer of his day, but it's no fun to read about pioneers of the internal worlds of sexuality, drug use, purpose, and social awareness. External pioneers like Lewis and ...more
I enjoyed this book a lot and I think what makes it so special are the characters. The author uses his words really sparingly but you get a true sense of who all these people are. Although Mary-Anne is supposed to be the mai ...more
The story has a way of speaking about these different lives through short snippets or glimpses into t ...more
It took me a little while to get used to the multiple characters at first, but after a while I was beginning to recognise their speech and the situations they would be getting themselves into. By the end of the book, it felt like a lot of them were old friends, and I loved that aspect of the book.
At times, just due to the clubs and bars that were frequen ...more
This novel was so intriguing that I couldn't wait to pick it up inbetween my breaks. I feel like I've just been given the lowdown on the biggest g ...more
A few years later while dog sitting for my brother in Boston I went into a quaint little book store that is no longer and found the hardcover '28 Barbary Lane' containing the first three 'Tales' books and bought it. Later on, back in Boston for another dog sitting weekend that quaint book sto ...more
তবে বইটা সুনদর, পরচছদটাও। অনেকদিন ঘরে পড়ে ছিলো।
সবকিছু না। আসলে পরচছদটা অনেক সুনদর লাগছে আমার, জরাজীরণ হইলেও, বইটা ...
এই বইয়ের, পরথমেই বলে রাখা ভালো, সাহিতযমানের দৌঁড়ে অবসথানটা সুবিধার হবে না।
কিনতুক, সাহিতযমান ছাড়াও আরও ত কিছু থাকে। মনে ত হয় না লেখক এইখানে সেই চেষটায় নেমেছিলেনও তেমন। গলপ একটা বলতে চাইছিলেন, সেই গলপে মোটামুটি সফল। অনেকগুলি চরিতর, তারা একে অপরের সাথে চৌষটটি পাকে বাঁধা, সব চরিতর পদের না হলেও কয়েকজন খুবই ভালো লাগার মত।
খোলামেলা কিছু বযাপার চলে আসছে, ...more
In his remarkable feminist, humanist, ground breaking tale, Maupin really truly captured both a city, its corky, horny, funny, and caring people, as well as an era long gone now.
Made me wish I was there with them. Don't we all wish we could go to sleep under Mrs. Madrigal's roof?
Per chi ha amato la prosa folle, eccentrica e libera di John Kennedy Toole, per chi vuole camminare nella San Francisco degli anni '70, per chi vuole rilassarsi, per chi ama i dialoghi brillanti e i sentimenti non confezionati. Leggetelo e spassatevela!
Insofern griff ich bedenkenlos zu, als mir gegen Ende der D-Mark-Ära „Schluss mit Lustig“ in die Hände fiel. Der letzte Teil, mit dem ich seinerzeit nicht viel anfangen konnte und in die Kiste mit den guten Vorsätzen verschob.
Beim Umräumen fiel er mir unlängst wieder in die Hände und angesichts der Alternative abstoßen ode ...more
With Mary Ann moving from Cleveland to San Fran you get introduced to the whole scene. You meet her pot-growing landlady Anna, her boss Edgar, Edgar's daughter DeDe, DeDe's husband Beauchamp, her neighbors Brian, Michael, Mona etc. There is a LOT of characters. And SOMEHOW they are all connected. Talk about a small world, San Fran must be the size of an Oreo.
For my taste it was a bit too ...more
It is uproarious and uber-funny! It stars the cute Mary Ann Singleton (think a more modern Holly Golightly--but less of a prostitute) and a vibrant array of costars. It is concise, like "Vile Bodies" and perhaps in that same realm of Evelyn Waugh-type social-satire. And what else? Authentic pluses include th ...more
The story focuses on the interweaving lives of the residents of a San Francisco apartment complex in the 1970's. Groovy, man. Though the cultural references are obviously dated, I found this novel to be hilarious! I'm going to highlight some of the passages that had me giggling. I'm not sure if y ...more
So when I finally got around to reading it I was disappointed. I was dismayed that the book is a glorified soap opera. For some reason I thought it was solid literature, but no, soap opera all the way.
It is an entertaining read. But I felt like I was eating popcorn or cereal. All fluff, no su ...more
Maupin worked as a reporter for a newspaper in Charleston, South Carolina, before being assigned to the San Francisco bureau of the Associated Press in 1971. In 19 ...more
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The older woman poured herself a glass of sangria. "Screw that," she said quietly.
"Screw that. Wash your mouth out. Who taught you that half-assed existential drivel?”
“Uh…yeah…wait a minute, Mona -- ”
Mona shouted through the door. “Room service, gentlemen. Just pull the covers up.”
Michael grinned at Jon. “My roommate. Brace yourself.”
Seconds later, Mona burst through the doorway with a tray of coffee and croissants.
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