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  1. Jason Jason says:

    Tales of the City is not great literature That's not what Maupin's aiming for In what is the first and best book in a six part series constructed from a serial column in the San Francisco Chronicle Tales of the City is smart guilty entertainment at its best It's a soap opera But like say Six Feet Under Tales of the City purports to be little than a creative and intelligent soap opera Taken as such it is a delight Vivid characters A setting San Francisco that Maupin gives an almost pop up book feel And addictive storytelling Tales of the City is an escapist read And itself an exercise in escapism using what San Francisco represents in the popular imagination to open wide a world of freedom and possibility within its pages and without

  2. Fabian Fabian says:

    What did I do between finishing this novel and writing its review? I ordered More Tales of the City Further Tales of the City on ebay I'm THAT investedconfident that they'll match this oneIt is uproarious and uber funny It stars the cute Mary Ann Singleton think a modern Holly Golightly but less of a prostitute a vibrant array of costars It is concise like Vile Bodies and perhaps in that same realm of Evelyn Waugh type social satire And what else? Authentic pluses include the kitschyness inherent in a Pedro Almodovar comedy and even some of the picaresue ualities of my all time fave Confederacy of Dunces It is about this enthusiastic selection of promiscuous pre 80's San Franners It's about the bummer of losing hippie hood the anguish in Bohemia In one word AwesomeThere are enough characters to satisfy most of the reader's wants and to alternate hisher attentions AND affections I insist that for me not ultra Gay icon Michael Tolliver but Anna Madrigal takes the Miss Congeniality crown Ultimately Tales offers entertainment in dollops and informs the reader about age old ueries like are Michael and Mona prototypes for 90's favorite fag faghag TV couple Jack Karen? Are there actual hetero bathhouses? What is a cring heteros take note it is uite tiresome to explain this time and again? Tales include heterohomo sexual prowlers nifty ways to pay the rent and ever clever and ironic plot twists in this sweet escapeAnd the immoral sinners are ooh very very CHARMING Go ahead Bite the lotusPS I recommend the new limited series on Netflix Closure the most important attribute for a finale for an American is reached

  3. da AL da AL says:

    my favorite of Maupin's books a time capsule to San Fran 1976

  4. Elle (ellexamines) Elle (ellexamines) says:

    “Mother must be dying”“Stop trying to cheer me up” Now that my friends is what we in the business call a wild ride This is a ridiculous 1970s soap opera that I could not help but enjoy but I think above all else it made me hunger on a deep level for a San Francisco I’ve never experienced Well We’ll talk about that in a little while For now let’s just say this Tales of the City is a wild ride from start to finish On both the level of “this is fucking hilarious” and “holy shit that was a plot twist” It’s like someone combined Revenge the 2012 television show with The Office It made me feel like I was on crack I loved it “Finally she looks at him intently and says in a voice fraught with meaning ‘which do you think you’d prefer Rich? S or M?’”“And?”“He thought it was something to put on the hamburger” The tone of these is so delightfully absurdist — you have to lean into the humor a bit and suspend your disbelief to get to the good bits Actually it took me a while to get that the chapters were being absurd on purpose okay so I received these without contextSome highlights of the admittedly ridiculous character cast include →Mary Ann a San Francisco newbie trying to make it but making bad romantic decisions along the way Often dumb but occasionally iconic →Mona Mary Ann’s first friend when she comes to town Best friend to Michael Excellent person with some drug issues→Michael a gay icon Mona’s best friend and second roommate Constantly looking for long term love but hasn’t found it yet →Anna Madrigal landlord to Mona and later Mary Ann and Michael Mentor type Some secrets of her own→Beachamp rich and seemingly happy husband to DeDe Secretly dissatisfied Sort of a dirtbag→DeDe rich daughter of a richer man Not always the smartest→Edgar dissatisfied dying man trying to come to terms with a wasted life via his new friendship with a certain landlord Father to Dede and husband to Frannie →Brian disaster and a half Token heterosexual One time lover to Mary Ann →Jon possible lover to Michael Gynecologist →Dorothea black lesbian back in town to get back her old lover →Vincent depressed crisis hotline operator whose wife has left him to join the Israeli army →Norman older man living on the top floor Maybe a few secretsI think in basically any other book this character cast would’ve been absurd but in this book they feel perfectly believable I love how all of the characters are written as both flawed and at times selfish but still generally endearing And the comics are not without their moments of genuine heart the relationship between Anna and Edgar is honestly really wonderful and tender and the friendship between Mona and Michael is — honest to god — peak mlmwlw solidarity You will not be surprised to know they were my favoritesDue to the serial format these issues often feel very distinct at times dealing with very different characters and themes But I definitely had some favorite scenes and plotlines ➽Here are some of my book highlights light spoilers only→Anna giving Mary Ann a joint as a welcome to San Francisco gift→Michael’s meet cute with Jon which takes place at a skating rink after he breaks his nose trying to subtly skate up next to him→when a feminist talking about rape shows up at Dede’s country club and a minor character says delightedly “this is better than when they brought the bulldyke in” →the scene in which Brian is trying to sleep with a woman who thinks he’s gay and trying to sleep with women to repress it and who then when he says he’s not gay says clinically “You must not be in touch with your body” and walks out an ally→when Michael answers a call from Mary Ann’s mom and her mom is scandalized about the strange man at her apartment and she then has to tell her mother about the existence of gay people→Mary Ann getting hired at a crisis hotline accidentally making a pun about playing it by ear and then contemplating biting her own tongue off→the scene in which Frannie is unloading all her problems but cutting it with “no but I wouldn’t want to burden you darling” and you think it’s like to a friend and it’s to her fucking dog→WHEN MICHAEL’S PARENTS FIND LUBE IN HIS FUCKING REFRIGERATOR→when Brian asks Michael to go cruising with him and Michael is like why are straight people like this but then does it anyway relatable content from 1978→the guy who photocopied his dick and used the enlargerAnd before I get serious a brief spoiler section about a bicon view spoilerListen from the very first page Mona had bi energy More importantly her and Michael were at PEAK mlmwlw solidarity and I literally typed in my review notes “I know she’s straight but this is mlmwlw solidarity at its finest” and then it WAS actually I think the book isn’t really taking a position on her sexuality she actually says she’d prefer a long term friendship to having a lover at one point and i was like okay legend it’s just as long as we acknowledge that Mona is in no way a heterosexual we’re good hide spoiler

  5. Alison Alison says:

    I think I am either too old or too young to fully appreciate this book If I were older I might appreciate the groundbreaking nature of its matter of fact approach to a variety of characters of different sexuality and gender at a time when social s were drastically changing And if I were younger I might be totally enchanted by all the entertaining drama good and bad and self absorbed that comes with being young single and in your twenties in a big city But I wasn't able to really connect with the characters who seemed fairly one dimensional to me for all that they were supposed to be exactly the opposite And when I finally finished I just felt tired and depressed and irritated in the way that I would be if I spent an entire week watching soap operas and eating junk food I was impressed with the author's ability to effortlessly weave together a large cast of characters and to bring settings to life with small details and I was a little intrigued by the various plot twists but not enough to kindle any interest in the rest of the series I am overall disappointed

  6. Brian Brian says:

    I know I am going to be in the minority here but this is the most overrated novel I have read in a very long time In fact I did not even keep it after reading but rather donated it to charityI had heard many good things about this text for years and finally picked it up Based on reviews and what I had heard I was expecting a book in the vein of Dickens with characters that leapt off the pages and spoke to the human condition Only one character in my view lived up to that expectation The landlady of Barbary Lane Mrs Madrigal The other characters felt one dimensional and as a reader I was completely uninterested in their lives This is a dangerous thing for a character driven novel to doTales of the City felt like a soap opera to me not at all the interesting character study so many have made it out to beMy advice read EL Doctorow instead for great realistic charactersOr if you want the San Francisco setting then read Christopher Moore's vampire series set in San Fran This series might not be considered great literature but at least you recognize the characters and see their humanityAs for the Tales of the City volumesmy trip through those tales is cut short

  7. Mark Mark says:

    Obviously a re read Having recently read the latest in the series Mary Ann in Autumn I wanted to re read the entire series Unfortunately I am so familiar with the first three books which were also made into TV adaptations that I know the stories and most of the dialogue off by heart so I can't get the same mind blowing enjoyment that I did on my first reading Although that is one of the pleasures of reading for instance Michael Tolliver Lives where past events are mentioned and you have the memory of the whole event as if these were real people real friends and real events However the story grips you so strongly that you just rattle through the book and the dialogue is still sparkling and reminds you why you fell in love with these characters in the first place I STILL want to grow up to be like Anna Madrigal I am looking forward to reaching the later books Babycakes and Sure of You which I don't remember so clearly

  8. Alex Alex says:

    There was this whole stereotype about gay dudes back in the day they were every girl's best friend Oh man girls loved to get themselves a gay best friend He would swan about calling her outfits fierce and making bitchy jokes He would listen to her complain about her love life He would say things like Girrrrrrrl he did NOT deserve you He himself would be neutered The whole thing is frankly offensive; it reduces gay men to campy tics They exist only during brunch idk who this is I literally googled stereotypical gay guyYou can't exactly tell someone their actual life is offensive and this is or less Armistead Maupin's life pulled apart and turned extremely soapy for this iconic gay book the first in an endless series But he was under command by the San Francisco newspaper that serialized it in the 1970s not to overgay it which could help explain its tiptoeing uality According to my friend Gray some editor was keeping a chart of the characters to make sure as Maupin puts it the homo characters didn't suddenly outnumber the hetero ones and thereby undermine the natural order of civilisation Which is funny to think about because with the amount of fucking all these people are doing of each other and each other's others you have to imagine that the character chart would look pretty much like this Crazy wallSo good luck editor And besides Maupin snuck in so much ueer stuff it's like a Where's Waldo where everyone's Waldo It's a little bit sad and scary to read this book with hindsight It's like one of those early scenes in movies where kids are skipping in slow motion and you're like oh man this can't end well In 70's San Francisco everyone was tumbling into bed with everyone but the AIDS crisis was looming But first brunchI've been here on Goodreads for about ten years now and I have a few friends that have been here with me the whole time One in particular El wrote savagely funny and insightful reviews that deeply influenced me Over our long friendship we talked each other through good times and bad ones and we talked endlessly endlessly about books She died two weeks ago suddenly accidentally shockingly I miss her But as I finished this book I looked it up and there she was again as always way ahead of me Here's her review This is what she sounded like

  9. Glenn Sumi Glenn Sumi says:

    I guess I was destined to “discover” Armistead Maupin in 2017 Although to be fair he’s hardly a secret – he’s been writing for four decades and has generations of loyal readersBack in the spring I gave a favourable review to the documentary The Untold Tales Of Armistead Maupin A few months after that the galleys to Maupin’s memoir Logical Family arrived on my desk I’d already read his stand alone and excellent novel Maybe The Moon but it seemed to me that in order to appreciate the memoir and avoid any spoilers revealed in it I’d have to read at least the first of his famous Tales Of The City booksSo I began the nine novel cycle And as friends both IRL and on here had told me the writing was so much breezy fun the literary euivalent of eating candy – that I tore through the first book uickly After reading the memoir I finished book twoIt took no time at all to get caught up in the adventures of the denizens of San Francisco’s 28 Barbary Lane bright eyed 20 something Mary Ann Singleton newly arrived from Cleveland; jaded bohemian Mona Ramsey; Michael “Mouse” Tolliver Mona’s gay best friend who soon becomes Mary Ann’s good friend after Mona disappears; Brian Hawkins an apparently “woke” ex lawyer who now works as a waiter and is a notorious womanizer; and of course their eccentric landlady Anna Madrigal who has it turns out chosen each one of her tenants very carefully Maupin has admitted that it took him time to discover the right pace and tone for the book and to become a decent writer; he also had constraints from the publisher of the San Francisco Chronicle where the book originally appeared in serialized form As we're told in the documentary and the memoir Maupin was told to keep a chart of the book's gay and straight characters to make sure the former didn't outnumber the latterTrue some chapters feel loose and vignette like But once the plot gets going – involving sex lies and a secret dossier on one of characters – it’s impossible to put down Maupin has lots of fun with his characters whether they’re looking for love and relationships Mary Ann Mouse tired of their marriage and looking elsewhere for connection Mary Ann’s lecherous bisexual boss Beauchamp Day; Beauchamp’s boss and father in law Edgar Halcyon who has a big secret and is also having an affair with one of the main charactersThere’s some savage satire in here especially involving well to do characters a coterie of “A list gays”; the “ladies who lunch” society women who compete with each other to bring famous artists to the city and who hold patronizing consciousness raising rap sessions about “serious” subjects like rapeOne of the characters a former girlfriend of Mona’s has a storyline that was far ahead of its time as Maupin points out in his memoir I have to admit that when I read the big revelation I laughed out loud it was so brutally funny And other social observations still ring true decades after Maupin wrote them This series really was way ahead of its timeBut it’s not just satire or the book's prescience that keeps us reading; it’s the hopes and dreams of its characters and the friendships they form under the gabled roof of their uniue abode; it’s the sense of fun and excitement that you get in moving to a new city and meeting cool new people – even if you’ve only moved there as a readerSo go ahead and add me to the huge list of Armistead Maupin fans Can’t wait to read the other books in the series

  10. Heidi The Reader Heidi The Reader says:

    Tales of the City is a snappy humorous and heart felt look at the intersecting lives of several people living in San Francisco in the 1970's As they struggle for love money and happiness they establish friendships and create a new kind of family one of their choosing rather than one they were born into Mary Ann Singleton was twenty five years old when she saw San Francisco for the first time pg 9 ebookOne of the main characters is Mary Ann from Ohio She came on a vacation to San Francisco and decided to stay because she loved the people and the general vibeBut her mid western upbringing didn't prepare her for the work and dating scene of San Francisco His smile was approaching a leer Mary Ann chose not to deal with it She's a little strange but I think she means well pg 47On a hunt for the perfect apartment Mary Ann meets Mrs Madrigal the unconventional and slightly mysterious owner of a large place on Barbary LaneOnce the other residents of the apartment are introduced the story really takes off The breakneck pace is probably due to the fact that Tales of the City was originally written as a serial with cliffhanger endings each week to bring readers back to the publicationIt works incredibly well in a novel format The chapters are short and punchy Although most of the tension of the story is created through the dialogue rather than action it is gripping stuffIn some ways this book is rather like life Everybody is mixing together trying to find their own way and lifestyle that feels right to themFrom day to day it doesn't seem like much happens But taken altogether it encompasses the growing pains accumulated through weeks months and years of a lifetime No wonder you're miserable You sit around on your butt all day expecting life to be one great Hallmark card You've got to make things work for you Mary Ann pg 111Recommended for readers who enjoy their fiction with a big helping of soul searching and humor delivered at the speed of life

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Tales of the City ☂ [PDF / Epub] ☁ Tales of the City By Armistead Maupin ✐ – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk San Francisco 1976 A naïve young secretary fresh out of Cleveland tumbles headlong into a brave new world of laundromat Lotharios pot growing landladies cut throat debutantes and Jockey Shorts dance San Francisco A naïve young secretary fresh out of Cleveland tumbles headlong into a brave new world of laundromat Lotharios pot growing landladies cut throat debutantes and Jockey Shorts dance contests The Tales of PDF/EPUB ² saga that ensues is manic romantic tawdry touching and outrageous—unmistakably the handiwork of Armistead Maupin.