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The Days of Anna Madrigal

The Days of Anna Madrigal [Kindle Edition]

Armistead Maupin
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)

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"The Tales of the City sequence has been one of the literary menus plaisirs of the past decade - Maupin with his elegance and charm has found a place among the classics" (Observer)

"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" (The Times)

"Comedy in its most classical form...some of the sharpest and most speakable dialogue you are ever likely to read" (Guardian)

Book Description

The long-awaited new novel in the internationally bestselling Tales of the City sequence

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 517 KB
  • Print Length: 367 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062298720
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (30 Jan 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DE15OEE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,427 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome back Anna Madrigal! 9 Feb 2014
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The latest (ninth) and, reportedly, last in the wonderful 'Tales of The City' series, 'Days of Anna Madrigal' sees the benevolent and quirky former landlady of 28 Barbary Lane now aged 92, frail in body, but still alert in mind. The cast of surviving friends are here - Michael Tolliver, Brian Hawkins, Mary Ann Singleton - all older but still ready for an adventure. They join 60,000 revellers who build a city to last just a week in the desert.

For Anna though, she has reached a point in her life when it's time to revisit her past, left behind 75 years earlier when, as a troubled and confused boy, something devastating happened which made her run away from the whorehouse run by her mother.

Armistead Maupin's writing is, as always, sublime - with witty, quirky dialogue and scenes that make you laugh, or even cry. Meeting up with the characters again is like welcoming old friends back, and when I turned the final page, it was with a lump in my throat.

Thoroughly recommended.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars simply wonderful 5 Feb 2014
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as preparation for this final book in the series i reread the two most recent books and was surprised how much more i adored them this time around, if you are new to the books, then you have to start at the beginning to fully get into this wonderful saga of Annas logical family.
The latest book is a fittingly perfect way to end the series although lets hope Mr Maupin decides to add more very soon, as the newer characters are just as great as the old originals. Its wonderful to catch up with them and their lives and in this book some names from the past reappear, and we finally get to find out about Anna's childhood growing up at the Blue Moon Lodge as she confronts the secrets she ran away from.
The book had me laughing and crying and i couldnt put it down until it was finished, highly recommended (in fact essential reading for fans) its beautifully written, uplifting and charming, and about people who utterly understand giving and receiving love.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fitting end to the Tales 8 Mar 2014
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I had read the first six books about 20 years ago and forgotten just how much I had loved the characterisation, the speakable dialogue and interaction. I'd been sad when it seemed that that was the end of them. Then a friend gave me a signed copy of Michael Tolliver Lives a few years ago. Life had moved on since I'd first read them and. to my shame, it sat unread for those years. Then I heard that The Days etc was being released and I thought, hell, I'd better read about Mouse.

Well, I devoured it and it was like being reunited with old friends you hadn't seen for a while but were so comfortable with, you could pick right up where you left off! It was such a life affirming book.

So, ordered the last 2 about Mary Ann and Anna.

This book is really for the fans but SO glad he wrote it. I read a lot of SF which has played with gender issues, like being able to change genders over a course of a long life time (Iain Banks and others) or aliens who might have dual gender. Anna Madrigal was the first time in mainstream fiction that I had read such a positive portrayal of a transgender person.

Like Mr Maupin, I have been grappling with the changes in the LBGT world: non binary, gender queer, and what actually makes a man or a woman. He really seems to have got it!

I think I spent most of the last 30 pages or so in tears but like MIchael Tolliver Lives, it is still a life affirming book.

Will just have to go back to the beginning and start reading them again!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anna Madrigal splendid till the end 10 Feb 2014
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Reading The Days of Anna Madrigal was like attending a family reunion. Armistead brings us bang up-to-date with our favourite ex inhabitants of Barbery Lane. A fitting g farewell to Mrs Madrigal.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tales of the City tinged with nostalgia 4 Mar 2014
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I have been a fan of Tales of the City since they were published. I have reread them many times. I enjoyed The Days of Anna Madrigal very much, reading it in one sitting but with a sense of melancholy which I suppose has also been there since Michael Tolliver Lives and Mary Anne in the Autumn. Perhaps it is a melancholy for the passing of time. Otherwise it would have earned five stars.
Maupin creates characters that you know and care about. Their foibles and weaknesses you understand and matter to you. their dreams are often yours too. Anna Madrigal is as enchanting as she ever was. it is a privilege to have known her.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars End of days? 13 Feb 2014
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Over 35 years Armistead Maupin has followed the lives of the people we first met in San Francisco in 1978. This alone is an achievement. This, the ninth and maybe the final instalment, is set at the Burning Man festival, which has grown and developed as the LBGT community has emerged, like a butterfly from a chrysalis. The LBGT community may not yet be mainstream America, but has a stronger place than when he began writing. We can see that in Cam and Mitchell in Modern Family. Perhaps this sequence of novels has contributed.
I cannot say whether Days is better or worse than any of the other 8 volumes. The author continues to combine scenes of explicit physical sexuality with intense emotion. His characters confront the same heartaches and highs as are elsewhere portrayed in conventional sexual relationships. Is the readership now wider than LBGT or has the presence, confidence and numbers of non-straight people increased. Probably both.
Earlier books seemed - in my memory - to look askance at some of the fringe fashions and behaviours portrayed. Now I no longer detect anything other than enthusiasm as evidenced by his description of the Burning Man festival, "life itself but now bigger and slicker".
However, I do feel that the characters and the author are somewhat cocooned in their sexuality and in their sexual lives. Princess Diana is namechecked, but Barack Obama is not mentioned. The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are barely noticed. The battle for wider healthcare provision is not signified - despite the ills and illnesses of his aging cast. Money never seems to be a problem - the global financial crisis seems not to impact. This is more Jane Austen than Charles Dickens.
The cast seem generally to be "good people" - there have been few dark characters.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The final chapter of my favorite collection and it didn't disappoint.
Published 1 day ago by N Errington
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Perfect vintage Maupin..
Published 7 days ago by Mike
4.0 out of 5 stars tying up loose ends
It all slips into place and Anna gets to make peace with her past, and others with their future.
Published 9 days ago by C. Southern
4.0 out of 5 stars Good not great
Not as good as the early Tales of the City books, nonetheless the characters that we've learned to love still make you want to follow their journeys
Published 9 days ago by Paul Wallis
2.0 out of 5 stars That's enough now.
Very much an after thought to the series. There is pleasure to be had from meeting all the characters we have loved from previous adventures, but unfortunately I felt the... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Andy C
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Preferred earlier books in the series.
Published 14 days ago by Mr B A Stark
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
An absolute fantastic read Assisted Maupin has done it again couldn't put the book down.
Published 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I trip down Memory lane if not Barbury lane!
Read it, love it, will keep it and recommend it!
Published 18 days ago by Michael Begley
5.0 out of 5 stars Days of anna madrigal
Awesome armistead maupin is an absolute legend have enjoyed every single one of the tales what a lovely way to end it . Just perfect :0) :0) thank you XX
Published 25 days ago by donna hall
4.0 out of 5 stars PLEASE let this not be the last one....
Splendid and eye-opening (for a girl from the wilds of the Home Counties). It was one of those books where I didn't know whether to keep on reading because I wanted to know what... Read more
Published 1 month ago by CG
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