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More Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin
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Sep 27, 2011

really liked it

I found the first tales of the city book at a library used book sale in New Jersey. It was a while before I picked up the first installment of "tales", and I loved the characters right away.
More Tales of the City is the second installment in this series and it brings in more of the good things. Maupin's writing is spellbinding, witty and funny. The amazing thing about this book (and the first one) is how little third person narrative is there. Most of the book is just dialogues (such good dialogues!) between the extremely well sketched out characters (both straight and gay) who are so human and charmingly flawed and lovable. The second book ties up a few loose ends from the first installment and makes the story-line more interesting.
Despite it being a signature Maupin novel, there are a few surprising elements of sleuthing. The mystery elements are well spaced out into the plot of the book.
The character of Michael Touliver is larger than life, and one wonders where Maupin got the inspiration for him. One of the most sensitive and well written pieces in the book is the letter in which Michael comes out of the closet to his parents. It is amazing to think that this story was written decades ago. One would think it is based in the San Francisco of today, if it were not for pop-culture references of the time.
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