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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
Collections:Read but unowned
Tags:2012, San Francisco

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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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    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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    kraaivrouw: Both books capture San Francisco in unique ways.
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Just couldn't get past the era. (Set in the 70's). All the references to an era that I didn't care for culturally, fashionably, et al. ( )
  anglophile65 | Mar 8, 2016 |
Seeking a change in her life, Mary Ann Singleton moves to San Francisco, soon finding herself living at 28 Barbary Lane. Her life becomes intertwined with those of her varied neighbors and a myriad of colorful characters.

The novel is a look at San Francisco in the 1970s, exploring "alternative lifestyles" and "underground" culture.

  bostonwendym | Mar 3, 2016 |
My blog post about this book is at this link. ( )
  SuziQoregon | Feb 25, 2016 |
This is truly one of the most charming books that I have read. Having once lived in San Francisco I think it captures the atmosphere and ambiance of the area beautifully. One of the best moments is when Mrs. Madrigal tells her suitor that those that come to San Francisco are believed to be the people of Atlantis returning. This makes the story feel like a cohesive family unit, which is what Maupin seemed to want to project in the story with the cast of 28 Barbary Lane, specifically with that character.

While the story feels like you are reading a soap opera I think that is what it is supposed to feel like overall. The story originally was written in the San Francisco Chronicle, so the chapters are very short and present part of the story in a fast and effective manner. This makes the book pretty easy to read.

While some of the material may seem a bit lewd to some people it feels like it is in a proper place within the story. Maupin sets up each plot masterfully so you are not left scratching your head when something is revealed, instead you simply state to yourself "OH! Now it all makes sense." When you get to the end of the book though you will be wanting to read the next volume because it leaves many things open still, which makes for a good series. ( )
  SoulFlower1981 | Jan 20, 2016 |
A friend recommended this book and I got hooked on the quirky characters of Barberry Lane. Entertaining and engaging. I read the 6 books in the original series one after the other. You do want to read them in order as the relationships between these friends, lovers, spouses, build through the series. Some implausible plotting as the series progressed and I got tired of them. The first two are the best.

Date read reflects when I finished the first book, but I had read all six within a couple of months.
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  BookConcierge | Jan 13, 2016 |
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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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