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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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    The Emperor Waltz by Philip Hensher (jonathankws)
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    A Room in Chelsea Square by Michael Nelson (Anonymous user)

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I think I've read all the collected columns. Lots of fun - probably dated by now. ( )
  joeydag | Jul 23, 2015 |
Interesting book which apparently was considered "gay" lit when it was first published in the 70's. It's actually a story that draws you into the lives of several people living in a house in San Francisco. The eccentric owner lives there as well as several tenants and their lives intersect in diverse ways.
I liked it so much I am going to read the two sequels. ( )
  bogopea | May 21, 2015 |
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. ( )
1 vote 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 |
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Un petit bijou d'humour et d'humanisme.
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Lindholm, JuhaniTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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