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Tales Of The City

Tales Of The City [Kindle Edition]

Armistead Maupin
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)

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"A consummate entertainer... It is Maupin's Dickensian gift to be able to render love convincingly" (Edmund White The 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)

Book Description

The first volume in the widely acclaimed and much-loved series

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 443 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital; New Ed edition (13 Mar 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007533WD2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,190 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite simply a joy! 30 Mar 2010
I've been meaning to read this ever since the Channel 4 adaptation in 1993, which starred Olympia Dukakis and Laura Linney.

The novel was first published in 1978 after being serialised in the San Francisco Chronicle. In it Armistead Maupin captures the spirit and atmosphere of a society with liberal attitudes to sex, sexuality and drugs. As such, the book does not seem as dated as it might have done.

The book follows the stories of around eight archetypal characters, from the naïve Mary Ann to the wise (but mysterious) Mrs Madrigal, the openly and flamboyantly gay (Michael) to the secretive and sinister (Norman). Centred on the lodgings run by Mrs Madrigal, and the "family" of residents, this is a book about friendship, relationships and the (often unexpected) connections between people.

While some of the references may be dated and specific to San Francisco, the book is a joy to read. The short chapters and easy-going style make it eminently readable.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real Feel Good read 17 Aug 2000
Found the first two on the shelves of the house in San Francisco where I was staying last week. Had just sprained ankle, so forced so sit in sun and read novels with foot on cushion all day (it was hell...) now home I hobbled to library and got out next two in series. What is it about some books - or perhaps some writers - that really makes you feel good? Can't say Maupin has actually cured the ankle, but the discovery of his books so late in my life (don't ask, honey) has certainly lifted my spirits. Another feel good book is "I Capture the Castle" by Dodie Smith (yes the 1001 dalmatians author) which came out in WW2 before you were born sweetie, but has the same way of treating adult subjects seriously and yet lightly and humourously. So glad I sprained my ankle. I think.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
My son has ADD and so has not been able to read a book all the way through since a teenager. I let him borrow this fantastic novel and he quite literally sat down and read it from cover to cover in a matter of hours. Not only is Tales of the City a witty, charming and altogether satisfying read but it has also kick-started my son's interest in books again. No one but Armistead Maupin can do this.
He weaves a quite delightful story, that is both touching and hilarious. The coincidences come thick and fast but never do you get a sense of them stretching credibility. He really makes you believe in the characters, you want to believe they exist and are not just fictional people. You want to find 28 Barbary Lane on a San Francisco road map and drop by for a cup of Ginseng Tea or perhaps hope to be invited to one of Mrs Madrigal's late night soirees.
Tales of the City is a modern masterpiece. It's magical, spellbinding and will take you on an adventure you will never forget. I can't rate it highly enough. Armistead, you are a genius!
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Perhaps it's a bit of Californian bias that I select this particular book; I am a California native and it's this that makes Tales of the City all the more familiar to me. The story began as a weekly serial for the San Francisco Chronicle back in the early seventies, before I was even born. Still, generational differences don't keep one from getting sucked into the world of Anna Madrigal, Michal "Mouse" Tolliver and all those who reside at 28 Barbary Lane.
It's hard to know where to begin when describing this series. Maupin's writing is descriptive, yet it doesn't trespass the way other authors might, as they try too hard to convey their "vision" to the reader. Maupin prefers to sit back and let the reader draw - or jump to - their own conclusions. He enjoys cliffhangers, melodrama and even blatant shock tactics to keep the reader's attention, and it's these things that remind you that this world was born in the pages of a newspaper. Despite the simplicity to Maupin's work, he still manages to create the most intricate, involved world of people living, working and loving in San Francisco.
The characters, of course, are what make the book: Mary Ann Singleton, the Ohio transplant searching for meaning to her life, Brian Hawkins, the aging gigolo, Michael Mouse, the hopeless romantic looking for Mister Right, Mona Ramsey, the hippy in denial, and of course, Mrs. Madrigal, the landlady of Barbary Lane and "Mother Of Us All". With these few characters, Maupin creates an entire world that, when you close the book, stays with you. It never goes away.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A warm but not over paced novel 27 April 2004
Tales of the City is a novel that gently guides the reader through thetwists and turns of life in San Franscisco. Though the plot is gentle,and rairly rushed, the characters provide enough detail and colour to keepthe pages turning.
The story is spun through a myriad of mysteries and individual tales ofthe people involved, all cummulating in a splendid finale. Though most ofthe secrets are unravelled, the book still leaves enough unansweredquestions for the reader to want to delve into the next book in theseries.
I really enjoyed this book, it is a warm and colourful view of SanFrancisco in the 1970's, the characters are each unique in their ownright, yet all are brought together by the themes exposed during theirdaily lives.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
copy recieved in good time condition very good
Published 16 hours ago by Mrs I Atkin
5.0 out of 5 stars The one that started it all off........
Just love these books, and here is the one that started them all off.
Maupin builds a phenomenally strong set of characters and creates a magical view of San Francisco. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Mark Knowles
4.0 out of 5 stars Good holiday read
Arrived quickly, in good condition, etc.
The story wasn't as amazing as I'd been led to expect, but that's not Amazon's fault. :-)
Still a good, light read. Read more
Published 1 month ago by katalina
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun
Published 1 month ago by Roo Redo
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story but I got bored with it and didn't ...
Good story but I got bored with it and didn't finish it. Very dated to the times, of course, which was charming at first, but got tedious after a while.
Published 1 month ago by P. Butler
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wife loved them.
Published 2 months ago by Roger Pull
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
Bought because I enjoyed the series which showed on British television years ago. (You don't have to be "gay" to enjoy this series) and subsequently I'm half way through... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Henrietta
5.0 out of 5 stars A cracking start to a wonderful series
As the series progresses the characters are well formed. Good illustrative prose and imagery about the locations and developing plot.
Published 2 months ago by Mandie Sharp
1.0 out of 5 stars Abysmal
If literature is one end of the scale, whatever the other end of the scale is, this is it. A group of cardboard characters intertwined in San Francisco 1970s whose only lives are... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Pauline Butcher Bird
5.0 out of 5 stars as good as it was the first time
I first read some of the Tales of The City series about 20 years ago, but had forgotten where I stopped so decided to start again, and I am very glad I did! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Blondie
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