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Always Worth Reading
on 30 March 2012
Armistead Maupin hit on something truly wonderful when he first started his 'Tales of the City'. First appearing in serialised form in the press it soon went on to become a book, and then a series of books.
This episode is the first novella in the series. It is 1976 and Mary Ann has gone on holiday to San Francisco. After a week there she phones her parents and tells them she won't be coming home, and she is packing in her job. Taking such a big decision she stays with a friend, until she finds her own place, at 28 Barbary Lane, owned by Anna Madrigal.
In this episode you get to start meeting the other residents where Mary Ann now lives, as well as the people she works with. Why 'Tales of the City' works is because it is about people, more normal to dysfunctional, as well as showing the quirks and flaws in their characters. The characters feel like they live and breathe and the stories are interesting. If you have never read any of the 'Tales of the City' before, this is an ideal time whilst this is on promotional; you will also see why the tales have become addictive and loved by people throughout the world. With drug taking and trying to pick up a partner this is as real and as readable as it was when first published.