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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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    Bite Me: A Love Story by Christopher Moore (kraaivrouw)
    kraaivrouw: Both books capture San Francisco in unique ways.
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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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    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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A fast, fun, light read with plenty of quirky characters. It's so San Francisco. ( )
  DougJ110 | Apr 3, 2014 |
I really wish I had read this before reading Alexander McCall Smith's collected newspaper serials as this (and apparently other 1970s serials) are pretty much the template for that sort of thing: wacky archetypes in the city where the newspaper running the serial is located. Of course this book is groundbreaking, but the problem with us reading it now is that ground's been broken for almost 40 years.
1 vote bunnygirl | Mar 5, 2014 |
Fun frothy gay landmark from Maupin. Sure, a lot of this seems tame by today's standards, but at the time nobody had ever seen anything like this before. A true genre-setting classic. ( )
  pewterbreath | Nov 3, 2013 |
Enjoyed this book even more than I expected. The San Francisco setting, however fictitious, was interesting, and the characters suprised me pretty often. I don't read many short story collections for some reason, enjoyed these. It was nice to come and go from the book without feeling like I'd missed much. ( )
  dukefan86 | May 29, 2013 |
Good for a quick, light read. ( )
  KatrinkaV | May 14, 2013 |
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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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