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Tales Of The City by Armistead Maupin

Tales Of The City (original 1978; edition 1984)

by Armistead Maupin

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Title:Tales Of The City
Authors:Armistead Maupin
Info:Black Swan (1984), Edition: New edition, Paperback, 272 pages
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Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin (1978)

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    44 Scotland Street by Alexander McCall Smith (alic3_tj, cransell, Jannes)
    Jannes: Tales of the City was the main inspiration for McCall Smith Wehen he decided to write Scotland Street. The two books have a lot in common, including the episodic format, the light-hearted tone and the premise of a house and it's tenants.
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    Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood (jonathankws)
    jonathankws: Interlinked short stories set in and around an apartment block in 1930s Berlin. One of the short stories was the inspiration for the musical Cabaret.
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    Bite Me: A Love Story by Christopher Moore (kraaivrouw)
    kraaivrouw: Both books capture San Francisco in unique ways.
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    Troll: A Love Story by Johanna Sinisalo (jonathankws)
    jonathankws: Similar to Tales of the City as this book has an episodic format set in an apartment block in Helsinki with an off-kilter plot including a mail order bride and a troll

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it's a re-read...
  Caryn.Rose | Mar 18, 2015 |
Perhaps this book doesn't deserve such a high rating but its stories of 1970s pre-AIDS bohemian San Francisco was the right book for me at the moment. If you are offended by crude language, casual sex or drug use, this book probably isn't for you.

Although I was younger than these characters in 70s, I was old enough that many of the pop culture references (such as to the TV shows Maud and Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman) made me nostalgic.

Frances McDormand does a good job narrating. ( )
  leslie.98 | Mar 17, 2015 |
I read this several times over 20 years ago and came back to it as a "comfort" read. It did not fail.
This is such a wonderful, free wheeling book about a life and time (1970's San Francisco) that is increasingly remote, but which is brought convincingly to life. The story is episodic and reads as a collection of short stories with an inter-connected group of characters (far too much overlap for coincidence, but this does not detract from the stories), which is unsurprising as I understand it was originally serialised in the San Francisco Chronicle.
The characters (Mary Ann Singleton is perhaps the lead character, but also the others, including the wonderful Anna Madrigal) have a warmth and humanity, with human frailty, that endears them to you and the style is just so smooth and easy, which is perfect for the subject matter. ( )
  CarltonC | Feb 24, 2015 |
I enjoyed this work very much. I hesitate to call it a novel, since it is a string of episodes, a soap-opera for the page, telling the stories of interwoven lives in San Francisco in the 1970's. Maupin is warm and funny and seems genuinely fond of his eccentric cast of characters. I greatly admire the way he keeps all plates spinning in the plot, and the dialogue is a joy. I have already ordered More tales of the City.

Also listened to the audiobook but found it difficult to follow without the book in my hand. ( )
  bibliobibuli | Jan 25, 2015 |
Vis-a-vis California, there are two kinds of people: People who love it and immediately feel at home and would never leave, and people who... don't feel like that. I lived in Oakland for two years, worked in San Francisco, and I was a person who left. The Bay Area just wasn't for me - but I was there. Reading this felt like reading a version of the people I knew from 25 years before; things haven't changed *so* much. And it wasn't the place for me, so this book didn't touch me the way it seems to touch others.

I also can't help but wish things were more fleshed out at the end, since I wasn't really planning to read the series. Ah well.
  g33kgrrl | Dec 16, 2014 |
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It's an odd thing, but anyone who disappears is said to be seen in San Francisco.
--Oscar Wilde
For my mother and father and my family at The Duck House
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Mary Ann Singleton was twenty-five years old when she saw San Francisco for the first time.
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«Personne n’est heureux. Et puis qu’est-ce qu’être heureux ? Puisque le bonheur s’arrête dès qu’on rallume la lumière.»

«Parfois j’ai le sentiment que le bon Dieu a mis les femmes sur cette terre pour rappeler aux hommes l’heure des cocktails.»

«La nuit de Noël est la plus horrible des nuits pour rester seul au lit, car le réveil ne ressemble pas du tout aux pubs Kodak avec des gosses en pantoufles... Ca ressemble à n’importe quelle autre journée de l’année !»

«Il y a de meilleurs moyens que le sexe pour créer des liens profonds. Et durables.»

«Noël est une conspiration pour bien faire sentir aux célibataires qu’ils sont seuls.»

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Since 1976, Maupin's Tales of the City has etched itself upon the hearts and minds of its readers, both straight and gay. From a groundbreaking newspaper serial in the San Francisco Chronicle to a bestselling novel to a critically acclaimed PBS series, Tales (all six of them) contains the universe--if not in a grain of sand, then in one apartment house.

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A naive young secretary forsakes Cleveland for San Francisco, tumbling headlong into a brave new world of laundromat lotharios and cutthroat debutantes.

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