Tales of the City

Tales of the City

Book - 2007
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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.
The story of the residents of an apartment house at 28 Barbary Lane in San Francisco.
Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, [2007]
ISBN: 9780061358302
Branch Call Number: CF MAUPIN
Characteristics: 371, 17 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Maupin, Armistead More tales of the city


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Nov 09, 2019

This was probably cutting edge, even shocking, when it was released in 1978; but like shag carpet, sadly, it hasn’t aged well.

Aug 19, 2018

Interesting, likeable characters, plus an extraordinary setting make this book thoroughly engaging. Like others have said, it is hard to put down.
The last part of the book felt like a soap opera, though. Left me not wanting to continue the series.

Sep 06, 2017

Addictive. Totally addictive, so beware!! It'll pull you in, keep you interested, keep you questioning and wondering and then have you putting his next one on hold!

Sep 29, 2016

Read Anthony Zedan's comment. He has said it all. Not a native San Franciscan, I loved it. And he is right, I've started the second book. Not a mental or cultural challenge, but fun.

May 31, 2015

A fun and easy read, but you will have to read all three "Tales" books, if you get into the first one. There is so much humor mixed in and the chapters are so short, you will soon lose track of time and find yourself finishing them in no time whatsoever. As a native San Franciscan, these stories capture the wild and crazy ride of San Francisco city life in the 70's.

Mar 02, 2015

I read this book when it first was published and even though it's been nearly 40 years, the stories and how they intertwine still hold together.

Feb 18, 2014

When this book was written in1978, it appeared as a serialization in a San Francisco newspaper. It eventually became a miniseries on TV, and several subsequent volumes were written to keep the characters alive. I found myself loving this book, for it spoke about a time in my life when I was a young mom, not yet 30, and the state of the world I inhabited. Suburban Chicago was much different than "cosmopolitan" San Francisco. And yet, I identified with the struggle each character met as they tried to figure out how they fit into the world as it existed. As a period piece, this novel excels. The author takes an assortment of gay, straight, young, older, socialite, emerging characters and weaves them together via a boarding house and its matriarch (who gives each new resident a token 'toke' made from marijuana she cultivates in her garden). I waxed nostalgic throughout the book's references to Tab cola, Earth Shoes, Ford Falcons, MacArthur Park, and countless others. I liked this book so much I ordered the sequel from Amazon; the Omaha Public Library doesn't carry it. I plan to read my way they the 6 book series and the author's more recent works.

May 29, 2013

Pretty much just a poor man's Confederacy Of Dunces.

Jul 20, 2012

A comedy about the tenants of an apartment building in pre-AIDs San Franscisco. Dated but captures the 1970s West Coast culture and emerging middle class character of bohemian life.

Jul 20, 2012

Such a great read I couldn't put it down. The author has a great writing style and keeps the reader engaged. All of the characters were written fantastically and made you that much more interested in their lives.


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