Further Tales of the City (Tales of the City #3)
The calamity-prone residents of 28 Barbary Lane are at it again in this deliciously dark novel of romance and betrayal. While Anna Madrigal imprisons an anchorwoman in her basement, Michael Tolliver looks for love at the National Gay Rodeo, DeDe Halcyon Day and Mary Ann Singleton track a charismatic psychopath across Alaska, and society columnist Prue Giroux loses her hea
Dramatisation of Armistead Maupin's classic sequence of comic novels about the denizens of a San Francisco apartment house in the late 70s and early 80s.
Further Tales of the City is my least favourite of the first three books, for two reasons.
First, the plot is preposterous. Armistead Maupin pulls his usual trick of juxtaposing characters through unlikely coincidences, but that's not the most annoying part. My main complaint is that the central plot is plain silly, constructed from an unbelievable premise, abrupt twists ...more
It didn't really matter as it was a whole new story for the characters not a continuation. It just meant that I got a tiny bit lost at times and didn't know all the history of the characters which would probably have made me care about them more.
I found the characters quite alien but some of this may have been due to reading the 3rd book 1 ...more
As with the other books in this series, the character development and dialogue are why I read these books. The plots rely on coincidence and luck (both good and bad) a little too much for t ...more
Bislang der Höhepunkt der Reihe, enthält alle typischen Elemente, die man lieben oder hassen kann, daneben aber mit der Rückkehr von Jim Jones einen Roten Faden, der den Aufbau eines grotesken Thrillerszenarios ermöglicht, dessen Auflösung sich aber den traditionellen Mechanismen entzieht.
The plot in the third in the series is far-fetched though intriguing, centring around the Jonestown deaths in Guyana.
But it is just a joy to spend time with Maupin's well-drawn and loveable characters. I do agree with some comments though that there's not quite enough of Mrs Madrigal in this installment.
The joy of the series and the skill of Maupin is in the development of these characters. The ...more
Further Tales of the City is book 3 in the series which I haven't read 1 nor 2 and probably won't. The story originally takes place in San Francisco with a tight knit community of homosexuals, a landlady and a heterosexual cou ...more
Somehow Maupin marries the most ridiculous and soapy plots with dialogue and characters full of wit, charm and a healthy dose of realism ...more
I'll probably read the next book in the series because of the strength of the ludicrously plotted first two books and see i ...more
And how does he put so much humor into his suspense and drama? I love it. And it was nice to see Dr. Jon come back.
And while I hated that Brian and Michael had to deal with extremely violent prejudice, I admire the fact that Maupin wrote about it in such a straight forward manner and actually acknowledged it. I can't im ...more
I was surprised they got rid of Mona so quickly. The Jon thing was weird. The entire plot involving Jim Jones was weird. Very unlike the other books, and I didn't think it added any value to them. Mary Ann's new career choices felt sudden. Mary Ann and Brian felt sudden. Skipping three ...more
This series (at the time being just the first 6 books) was recommended to me when I first came out. By then it had rightfully become for Armistead Maupin a classic in gay literature. I’m glad to say that it became a favorite series of mine as well; and this third book was almost as good as its predecessors and continued to build the story.
In this third one, I appreciated that it had a little darker tone to it in its mystery; but Maupin also threw in t ...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