Tales of the City

Maupin, Armistead

Book - 2007
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Tales of the City
A naive young secretary forsakes Cleveland for San Francisco, tumbling headlong into a brave new world of laundromat lotharios and cutthroat debutantes.

Publisher: NY : Harper Perennial c2007
ISBN: 0061358304
Branch Call Number: FIC MAUPIN 2007
Characteristics: 371, 20 p. ; 21 cm


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Mar 02, 2015
  • SeattleSueLibrary rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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
  • pattyloucor67 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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
  • lokiskywalker rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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

Jul 20, 2012
  • uncommonreader rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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
  • virgogirl73 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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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