- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Black Swan (14 Nov. 1986)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0552992399
- ISBN-13: 978-0552992398
- Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 2.1 x 12.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,771,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Babycakes Paperback – 14 Nov 1986
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"A consummate entertainer...It is Maupin's Dickensian gift to be able to render love convincingly" (Times Literary Supplement)
"Maupin is a richly gifted comic author" (Observer)
"San Francisco is fortunate in having a chronicler as witty and likeable as Armistead Maupin" (Independent)
"Like those of Dickens and Wilkie Collins, Armistead Maupin's novels have all appeared originally as serials...it is the strength of this approach, with its fantastic adventures and astonishingly contrived coincidences, that makes these novels charming and compelling" (Literary Review)
"May well be the funniest series of novels currently in progress... Maupin's ear for dialogue is as acute as his feeling for characterisation, and the net result is as engaging a read as you are likely to encounter in many moons" (The Times) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
The fourth volume in the acclaimed Tales of the City series. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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This book marks a significant change in the lives of the characters and also in Maupin's style. The humour and satire are present as always but a very obvious maturity is seen both in the residents of Barbary Lane and the political climate, with the advent of HIV/AIDS in the early 80's under American Rebublic rule.
Despite the significant change in the characters, they remain as friendly. heartwarming and delightfuly familiar as always.
Having said this, I usually take at least one paperback with me when travelling, as airlines usually insist all 'electronic devices' are disabled during take-off and landing whilst the seat-belt sign is switched on. Apart from that minor inconvenience I find the Kindle very practical in use - and the Maupin books are a happy addition to my Kindle library. Baby Cakes is one of the better books in the 'City' series, in my view - I'm now on the next in the series 'Sure of You' in the Kindle version as I moved my paper copies to my other house a few years ago - seems fine, too.
Then I read Babycakes, and sadly, I have the say, the cracks are beginning to show. I just didn't feel the same excitement reading it as I did the others. Maybe it's because the depiction of London isn't nearly as evocative as the earlier ones of San Francisco. Maybe it's because the story is weaker and lacks the central mysteries that kept me enthralled in the earlier books. For some reason, the unbelievable coincidences that seemed so much fun before now just seemed silly.
I never thought I'd say this, but I began to feel bored towards the end, whereas I couldn't wait to open Tales, More Tales and Further Tales to discover where I was being led.
I hope that this is a blip and the series will pick up again, but I have a feeling that Babycakes may be the turning point, where the previously wonderful Tales lost its magic.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another great instalment in a wonderful series of book :-)Published 2 months ago by Mr Steven James Allen
This series of books are perfection in every way. Babycakes was one of my favourites.Published 6 months ago by Craig G
thoroughly enjoyed the whole series and will probably read them againPublished 8 months ago by david c.
Another enthral long take of the city! I love this series, Armistead Maupin craft such whimsical tales that deal with hard hitting issues such as HIV, AIDS, gender, divorce and of... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Blondie
I am still trying to get up the enthusiasm for finishing this. I cannot really connect with the characters and because it jumps from one to another I lose the thread. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Bimbim