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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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Cleo
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"When in April, and it hasn't yet rained,
And the drought of March has again sustained
Another year of our eternal spring;
Then old Santa Ana begins to sing
That fiery yet most familiar tune
How Los Angeles always feels like June ...."


Though modelled on the classic, The Canterbury Tales, in The Brubury Tales we are not confronted with pilgrims, but seven security guards who work at the Holiday Inn in L.A. Six men and one woman make up their team, as they perform their duties during the unsettled time
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David Prybil
Apr 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Linda
Jul 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Candi Sary
Jul 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
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
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Denise Baer
Aug 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Brubury Tales is an awesome story told in rhyming form. A tribute to Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, it’s a story about seven security guards in LA competing for the best Christmas vacation days by participating in a storytelling competition.

This is such a unique book, unlike any other I have read. It’s what I call the Versory—verse in story form. Mundo deserves all the accolades he’s received. While reading Brubury Tales, I couldn’t get over the work it must have taken to keep such a long tale
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Nancy Mundo
Aug 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
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Barbara Ebel
May 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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!
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Frank Mundo is a poet and writer from Los Angeles, and author of four books: The Brubury Tales, a modern version of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales in Los Angeles, written entirely in rhyming verse; Gary, The Four-Eyed Fairy and Other Stories, a collection of Frank's best connected short stories published in magazines and journals over the years; and Different, a contemporary fantasy short novel (illus ...more
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