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"The Brubury Tales [by Frank Mundo] is a landmark book, in what is going to be -- and already is -- an exceptional, distinguished literary career." Carolyn See, from the book's foreword.
Paperback, 250 pages
Published June 11th 2010 by Infinity Publishing (PA)
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David Prybil
BRUBURY TALES by Frank Mundo features a magnificently clever central conceit, which in and of itself would merit attention. That is, he takes Chaucer's famed Canterbury Tales and uses that as the foundation for a poetic exegesis on modern-day Los Angeles. The faithfulness in which he pursues this track is commendable - it is fun to see how he draws his comparisons and takes his imaginative liberties - and also enjoyable are the insights he provides to the lives of the working-class security guar...more
Candi Sary
Frank Mundo is one talented writer. I've never read anything like The Brubury Tales. It's beautifully written and quite impressive that the whole novel stays in verse. I wasn't familiar with all of the classics related to the story but I loved the story for what it was on its own. And I enjoyed getting to know the characters through his poetic eyes, like when I first met Rolla: "But Rolla was different, she smelled so good, Like chocolate, jasmine and sandalwood." There were so many lines where...more
Shelly Rachanow
Writing good verse isn't easy, but writing an entire book in verse - and doing it well - is near impossible. I'm so impressed by this brilliant book. Mundo pays homage to Chaucer as his characters, security guards at a Holiday Inn in LA, compete in an impromptu storytelling contest for days off during Christmas. I really enjoyed the stories themselves, and all the more so given that each line was written to fit into the rhyme and rhythm of verse. I finished the book in one sitting, and can't wai...more
Jane
Nov 23, 2011 Jane rated it 4 of 5 stars
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NB I received a copy from the author for review.

The Brubury Tales is an homage to literature set in the form of a "big poem", in Frank Mundo's words. It follows the shape and form of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, updated to Los Angeles in the 1990s. A group of security guards working the night shift engage in story-telling to win a paid vacation, basing their stories on classic tales from literary history. Some of the tales I recognized, some were new to me.

I have to applaud this attempt to recre...more
Frank Mundo
Jan 09, 2014 Frank Mundo added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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Winner of a Poet Laureate Award Nomination from UCLA and CAL

Winner of Reader Views 2011 Reviewers Choice Award for Poetry Book of the Year

Winner of the 2011 Bookhitch Award for the Most Innovative Poetry Book of Year


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"The Brubury Tales [by Frank Mundo] is a landmark book, in what is going to be -- and already is -- an exceptional, distinguished literary career." Bestselling author Carolyn See, from the Washington Post.

"5 Stars: Mundo's skill is astounding and has a natural cadence. These...more
Nancy Mundo
This is what poetry should be. Fun. Lyrical. Contemporary. Smart stories, all written in verse, with strong characters, and clear writing. If you loved the Canterbury Tales, you'll love the Brubury Tales, and discovering the 100s of literary references. And if you haven't read the Canterbury Tales, you'll still enjoy this work.

The basic plot is seven graveyard-shift security guards (six men and one woman of various ages from various parts of the world) battle it out in a story telling contest o...more
Barbara Ebel
Not only is this a read off the beaten path, but you may just sing along with The Brubury Tales rhythmic cadence. Frank Mundo clearly has a unique style and talent!
Linda
After reading Gary, the Four-Eyed Fairy and Other Stories I knew I had to read more from Frank Mundo. The only problem was the fact that this was written utilizing iambic pentameter and that scared the craaaap out of me! I felt like I had to put on my big girl panties to tackle this! So I sucked in a deep breath and dove in and I was blown away. To say Frank writes with style, passion and soul just begins to scratch the surface! His talent makes it seem so simple and easy. These stories and peop...more
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Frank Mundo is the author of The Brubury Tales, a modern version of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales in Los Angeles.

Winner of the Poet Laureate Award Nomination from UCLA and CAL

Winner of Reader Views 2011 Reviewers Choice Award for Poetry Book of the Year

Winner of the 2011 Bookhitch Award for the Most Innovative Poetry Book of Year


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"The Brubury Tales [by Frank Mundo] is a landmark book, in wh...more
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