Michael Tolliver Lives
Michael Tolliver, the sweet-spirited Southerner in Armistead Maupin's classic Tales of the City series, is arguably one of the most widely loved characters in contemporary fiction. Now, almost twenty years after ending his ground-breaking saga of San Francisco life, Maupin revisits his all-too-human hero, letting the fifty-five-year-old gardener tell his story in his own...more
One of the things I love about this book in particular is h…moreI am not sure. My recollection is that the earlier Tales volumes only mention his parents.
One of the things I love about this book in particular is how it offers a redemptive view of Michael's mother, and heals their relationship.(less)
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I want to thank you for your book "Michael Tolliver Lives." It's helped me understand a bit more the journey that lay ahead for me. You see, I'm a 28 year old gay guy. I've lived through some halcyon days of hedonism and beauty. These things may seem shallow, but as your character Mouse understands, there's a lot of depth in that kind of shallowness for a nice Southern boy from a religious family.
This last half of my 20's, though, has greeted me with an unrelenting thickening of ...more
Now, I live in the San Francisco Bay area and I'm in my 50s (like Michael, who was in his 20s in the early books and is now 53). I was choosing a book with an LGBT main character for my book bingo ...more
I read this book, primarily, for two reasons: 1) it takes place in San Francisco, my home town, and 2)it matched the criterion for one of my reading challenges; being by or about someone who identifies as GLBT.
At turns raunchy, wry, poignant, and honest, Michael Tolliver Lives was unexpected. Initially, I wasn't drawn in by the story or the main character, Michael Tolliver. I also found the raunchiness quotient to be excessive. However, the more I read the more I was engaged with ...more
But I guess I grew up, and sex is no longer this forbidden thing. Michael Tolliver Lives doesn't have anything new ...more
I always liked Mouse (Michael) in the Tales books and was so glad to find him here, thriving despite his HIV positive status that hung over him so dangerously in an earlier era. This book could be read alone, I believe, although the events of the past books certainly enrich it. This is a much more personal and intimate book than the Tales, written in the first person. It follows only Michael and not the full cast of characters, although many of them appear during the course of the book. I really ...more
The book revisits all the Tales of the City characters we love (Maupin is being coy to claim it isn't part of the TOTC series) and is as ex ...more
The world changes in direct proportion to the number of people willing to be honest about their lives. ----Armistead Maupin
Though different from the previous six novels in point of view, structure, and tone (at the time of publication Maupin said Michael Tolliver Lives is “NOT a sequel to Tales [of the City] and it's certainly not Book 7 in the series)” most fans still saw it as Book 7. I am one of those even though it is not necessary to have read the previous six novels.
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As I've grown older, I've learned that pleasures aren't always better when shared:
Over the next eight years, almost without noticing, I arrived at a quiet revelation. You could make a home by yourself. You could fill that home with friends and friendly strangers without someone sleeping next to you. You could tend your garden and cook your meals and find predictable pleasure in your own autonomy....more
Still, I gave her a call, wondering if she might have lost someone her
Unlike the previous six, this one is in the first person, and pretty much restricted to Michael's romance with the much younger Ben. The most graphic of the Tales books, Maupin fearlessly depicts the sex lives of older gay men here. I could see how some people would be squeamish reading about an intergeneration ...more
But it's familiar territory with old friends, friends who change, some for the better and some not so much. And some times friends, like ourselves, change along a horizontal line.
I read the first three books in my early twenties in the early eighties, playing catch up. Then as they released. So these are "people" I grew up with and learned from and helped give me an idea of the gay man I hoped to grow to be and whom I wanted to su ...more
Eighteen years after “finishing” his Tales of the City Series in 1989, Maupin returned to the beloved characters and gave readers a 7th installment. NOTE: Spoilers ahead if you haven’t read the first six books in the series When the series ended, Michael had been diagnosed as HIV positive. In the ‘80s this was still considered a death sentence, but advances in treatment changed that, hence the title.
Michael has a landscaping business and a new husband. He’s dealing w ...more
This explains why it's written in the first person, and how everything seems to grow organically from that original ...more
Sorry, but this book was dull. I don’t think that Maupin is the best wordsmith, but he did write some wicked stories that were just BONKERS. There is nothing really out there in this book: no cannibals, no militant lesbians, no mild mannered porn ...more
Unlike previous books, this one is just Michael's story, and the narrative is even in first person, his point of view. Other characters ar ...more
"The only difference between comedy and tragedy is where you end the story." p. 251
The first thing to know about the book is that it's 18 years after book 6. The second is that it's written from the first-person point of view - the first time Maupin uses this form of narration.
We're in the middle of the AIDS pandemic, the only difference is that men are now surviving and living with it as a chronic disease: " ...more
Michael Tolliver, the 55-year old main protagonist, is easy to warm up to. The writing is engaging and effortless. It's a bitter-sweet story that celebrates the 'chosen family' as opposed to the 'biologicals'. It has an autobiographical and positively mundane feel. I found it quite funny at times and quite comforting. I liked h ...more
“Michael Tolliver Lives” has been able to bring together everything that’s happened - the good and the terrifying - over the last 6 volumes and a timeline that spans San Fran’s evolution from the 1970s to 2007.
Considering that book #6 was supposed to be the official end, this volume also does an excellent job of resetting the storyline for the “extended” ending in the final two b ...more
The story being told from a single characters point of view this time made things feel more intimate than in the earlier books and made things ike Micheal and Mary Ann's reunion or the hospital scenes at the end feel much more real. ...more
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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