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What did I do between finishing this novel and writing its review I ordered More Tales of the City Further Tales of the City on ebay I m THAT invested confident that they ll match this one It is uproarious and uber funny It stars the cute Mary Ann Singleton think amodern Holly Golightly but less of a prostitute a vibrant array of costars It is concise, like Vile Bodies and perhaps in that same realm of Evelyn Waugh type social satire And what else Authentic pluses inclu What did I do between finishing this novel and writing its review I ordered More Tales of the City Further Tales of the City on ebay I m THAT invested confident that they ll match this one It is uproarious and uber funny It stars the cute Mary Ann Singleton think amodern Holly Golightly but less of a prostitute a vibrant array of costars It is concise, like Vile Bodies and perhaps in that same realm of Evelyn Waugh type social satire And what else Authentic pluses include the kitschyness inherent in a Pedro Almodovar comedy, and even some of the picaresque qualities of my all time fave, Confederacy of Dunces It is about this enthusiastic selection of promiscuous pre 80 s San Franners It s about the bummer of losing hippie hood the anguish in Bohemia In one word Awesome There are enough characters to satisfy most of the reader s wants, and to alternate his her attentions AND affections I insist that for me, not ultra Gay icon Michael Tolliver but Anna Madrigal takes the Miss Congeniality crown Ultimately, Tales offers entertainment in dollops, and informs the reader about age old queries, like are Michael and Mona prototypes for 90 s favorite fag faghag TV couple Jack Karen Are there actual hetero bathhouses What is a c ring heteros, take note it is quite tiresome to explain this time and again Tales include hetero homo sexual prowlers, nifty ways to pay the rent, and ever clever and ironic plot twists in this sweet escape.And the immoral sinners are, ooh very, very CHARMING Go ahead Bite the lotus PS I recommend the new limited series on Netflix Closure the most important attribute for a finale for an American is reached I think I am either too old or too young to fully appreciate this book If I were older, I might appreciate the groundbreaking nature of its matter of fact approach to a variety of characters of different sexuality and gender at a time when social s were drastically changing And if I were younger, I might be totally enchanted by all the entertaining drama, good and bad and self absorbed, that comes with being young, single and in your twenties in a big city But I wasn t able to really conn I think I am either too old or too young to fully appreciate this book If I were older, I might appreciate the groundbreaking nature of its matter of fact approach to a variety of characters of different sexuality and gender at a time when social s were drastically changing And if I were younger, I might be totally enchanted by all the entertaining drama, good and bad and self absorbed, that comes with being young, single and in your twenties in a big city But I wasn t able to really connect with the characters, who seemed fairly one dimensional to me, for all that they were supposed to be exactly the opposite And when I finally finished, I just felt tired and depressed and irritated, in the way that I would be if I spent an entire week watching soap operas and eating junk food I was impressed with the author s ability to effortlessly weave together a large cast of characters, and to bring settings to life with small details, and I was a little intrigued by the various plot twists, but not enough to kindle any interest in the rest of the series I am, overall, disappointed my favorite of Maupin s books a time capsule to San Fran 1976 Mother must be dying Stop trying to cheer me upNow that, my friends is what we in the business call a wild ride This is a ridiculous 1970s soap opera that I could not help but enjoy, but I think above all else, it made me hunger on a deep level for a San Francisco I ve never experienced Well We ll talk about that in a little while For now, let s just say this Tales of the City is a wild ride from start to finish On both the level of this is fucking hilarious and holy shMother must be dying Stop trying to cheer me upNow that, my friends is what we in the business call a wild ride This is a ridiculous 1970s soap opera that I could not help but enjoy, but I think above all else, it made me hunger on a deep level for a San Francisco I ve never experienced Well We ll talk about that in a little while For now, let s just say this Tales of the City is a wild ride from start to finish On both the level of this is fucking hilarious and holy shit, that was a plot twist It s like someone combined Revenge, the 2012 television show, with The Office It made me feel like I was on crack I loved itFinally, she looks at him intently and says, in a voice fraughtwith meaning, which do you think you d prefer, Rich S or M And He thought it was something to put on the hamburgerThe tone of these is so delightfully absurdist you have to lean into the humor a bit and suspend your disbelief to get to the good bits Actually, it took me a while to get that the chapters were being absurd on purpose okay, so I received these without context.Some highlights of the admittedly ridiculous character cast include Mary Ann, a San Francisco newbie trying to make it but making bad romantic decisions along the way Often dumb but occasionally iconic Mona, Mary Ann s first friend when she comes to town Best friend to Michael Excellent person with some drug issues Michael, a gay icon, Mona s best friend and second roommate Constantly looking for long term love but hasn t found it yet Anna Madrigal, landlord to Mona and later Mary Ann and Michael Mentor type Some secrets of her own Beachamp, rich and seemingly happy husband to DeDe Secretly dissatisfied Sort of a dirtbag DeDe, rich daughter of a richer man Not always the smartest Edgar, dissatisfied dying man trying to come to terms with a wasted life via his new friendship with a certain landlord Father to Dede and husband to Frannie Brian, disaster and a half Token heterosexual One time lover to Mary Ann Jon, possible lover to Michael Gynecologist Dorothea, black lesbian back in town to get back her old lover Vincent, depressed crisis hotline operator whose wife has left him to join the Israeli army Norman, older man living on the top floor Maybe a few secrets.I think in basically any other book, this character cast would ve been absurd, but in this book, they feel perfectly believable I love how all of the characters are written as both flawed and at times selfish but still generally endearing And the comics are not without their moments of genuine heart the relationship between Anna and Edgar is honestly really wonderful and tender, and the friendship between Mona and Michael is honest to god peak mlm wlw solidarity You will not be surprised to know they were my favorites Due to the serial format, these issues often feel very distinct, at times dealing with very different characters and themes But I definitely had some favorite scenes and plotlines Here are some of my book highlights light spoilers only Anna giving Mary Ann a joint as a welcome to San Francisco gift Michael s meet cute with Jon, which takes place at a skating rink after he breaks his nose trying to subtly skate up next to him when a feminist talking about rape shows up at Dede s country club and a minor character says delightedly this is better than when they brought the bulldyke in the scene in which Brian is trying to sleep with a woman who thinks he s gay and trying to sleep with women to repress it, and who then, when he says he s not gay, says clinically You must not be in touch with your body and walks out an ally when Michael answers a call from Mary Ann s mom and her mom is scandalized about the strange man at her apartment and she then has to tell her mother about the existence of gay people Mary Ann getting hired at a crisis hotline, accidentally making a pun about playing it by ear, and then contemplating biting her own tongue off the scene in which Frannie is unloading all her problems but cutting it with no, but I wouldn t want to burden you, darling and you think it s like, to a friend, and it s to her fucking dog WHEN MICHAEL S PARENTS FIND LUBE IN HIS FUCKING REFRIGERATOR when Brian asks Michael to go cruising with him and Michael is like why are straight people like this but then does it anyway relatable content from 1978 the guy who photocopied his dick and used the enlargerAnd before I get serious, a brief spoiler section about a biconview spoiler Listen, from the very first page, Mona had bi energy More importantly her and Michael were at PEAK mlm wlw solidarity and I literally typed in my review notes I know she s straight but this is mlm wlw solidarity at its finest and then it WAS actually I think the book isn t really taking a position on her sexuality she actually says she d prefer a long term friendship to having a lover at one point and i was like okay legendit s just as long as we acknowledge that Mona is in no way a heterosexual we re good hide spoiler it s Michael Sad hours, really no spoilers just a rantview spoiler I actually absolutely love the way Michael is written because this portrayal of the gay scene is clearly a reflection of promiscuity being really mainstream at that time, a hard earned freedom but the narrative still makes it so clear that he just genuinely wants love Michael s energy in this is the same as my energy when I tweet about wanting a gf every day but in all reality, it s a wonderfully subtle arc and the scene with his parents made me die inside just a little bit hide spoiler some incredible plot twistsview spoiler okay holy SHIT the minor reveals of characters being involved with each other INCREDIBLE I LOVED the way the book did the Mona Dor reveal, that s a built reveal babes the revelation about BEAUCHAMP when he s in the bathhouse and Jon sees him absurd the fucking Norman investigating Anna reveal left me shook as hell because it immediately made so much sense especially given Edgar s earlier talk about the Madrigal s being ridiculous Jon being Dede s FUCKING gynecologist The thing with Lexy and Norman was awful I loved connecting the dots the point is I was left shook by so much of this hide spoiler some less incredible plot twistsview spoiler The only thing is that I did not like the twist about Dor, at all I think it has some really awful connotations to have the only black character in your novel actually be white I know it s a soap opera from 1970 but this made me super mad and is honestly the only reason I m even tempted to not give this a five hide spoiler The thing is, I said I was going to get serious, and there s something I need to say Conservatives have long loathed it as the axis of liberal politics and political correctness, but now progressives are carping, too They mourn it for what has been lost, a city that long welcomed everyone and has been altered by an earthquake of wealth from Washington Post s How San Francisco Broke America s HeartI grew up 10 miles south of San Francisco at the time of writing this, I m leaving for college in almost exactly a week with a mother who works as an opera singer up in the city When I was eight, I knew without a doubt that as soon as I left for college, my mother would be selling our house in favor of a nice apartment near SF opera, as most of her friends had Ten years later, the idea itself is ludicrous The money we would receive for selling our fairly nice house wouldn t pay rent on anything but a studio Many of my mother s friends have moved to Oakland, taking long commutes simply to arrive One of my best friends lives with her family in Brentwood, an area past Oakland and two hours from San Francisco her mom works a job in Woodside so she can attend a private school in the Bay Area I grew up knowing San Francisco as a place of gay culture and a thriving arts scene a place with a large homeless population and some crime, but also a place where people came to be themselves Now, I know it as a city where the culture of old residents is rapidly disappearing, replaced with ahomogenous tech scene.This is not to say tech is bad, inherently But in reading this book where San Francisco is known as a weird and quirky city with a thriving gay scene, I found myself mourning for a San Francisco and a Bay Area I am barely old enough to have experienced, let alone to remember I ve known for years that I wanted to leave for college, but I wonder sometimes whether, thirty years earlier, I would ve wanted to come back.Blog Goodreads Twitter Instagram Spotify Youtube I know I am going to be in the minority here, but this is the most overrated novel I have read in a very long time In fact, I did not even keep it after reading, but rather donated it to charity.I had heard many good things about this text for years, and finally picked it up Based on reviews, and what I had heard I was expecting a book in the vein of Dickens, with characters that leapt off the pages and spoke to the human condition Only one character, in my view, lived up to that expectation I know I am going to be in the minority here, but this is the most overrated novel I have read in a very long time In fact, I did not even keep it after reading, but rather donated it to charity.I had heard many good things about this text for years, and finally picked it up Based on reviews, and what I had heard I was expecting a book in the vein of Dickens, with characters that leapt off the pages and spoke to the human condition Only one character, in my view, lived up to that expectation The landlady of Barbary Lane, Mrs Madrigal The other characters felt one dimensional, and as a reader I was completely uninterested in their lives This is a dangerous thing for a character driven novel to do Tales of the City felt like a soap opera to me, not at all the interesting character study so many have made it out to be.My advice, read E.L Doctorow instead for great realistic characters.Or, if you want the San Francisco setting, then read Christopher Moore s vampire series set in San Fran This series might not be considered great literature , but at least you recognize the characters and see their humanity.As for the Tales of the City volumesmy trip through those tales is cut short Obviously a re read Having recently read the latest in the series, Mary Ann in Autumn, I wanted to re read the entire series Unfortunately, I am so familiar with the first three books, which were also made into TV adaptations, that I know the stories and most of the dialogue off by heart, so I can t get the same, mind blowing enjoyment that I did on my first reading Although that is one of the pleasures of reading, for instance, Michael Tolliver Lives, where past events are mentioned and you Obviously a re read Having recently read the latest in the series, Mary Ann in Autumn, I wanted to re read the entire series Unfortunately, I am so familiar with the first three books, which were also made into TV adaptations, that I know the stories and most of the dialogue off by heart, so I can t get the same, mind blowing enjoyment that I did on my first reading Although that is one of the pleasures of reading, for instance, Michael Tolliver Lives, where past events are mentioned and you have the memory of the whole event, as if these were real people, real friends and real events However, the story grips you so strongly that you just rattle through the book and the dialogue is still sparkling and reminds you why you fell in love with these characters in the first place I STILL want to grow up to be like Anna Madrigal I am looking forward to reaching the later books, Babycakes and Sure of You, which I don t remember so clearly I guess I was destined to discover Armistead Maupin in 2017 Although, to be fair, he s hardly a secret he s been writing for four decades and has generations of loyal readers.Back in the spring, I gave a favourable review to the documentary The Untold Tales Of Armistead Maupin A few months after that, the galleys to Maupin s memoir, Logical Family, arrived on my desk I d already read his stand alone and excellent novel Maybe The Moon, but it seemed to me that in order to appreciate the I guess I was destined to discover Armistead Maupin in 2017 Although, to be fair, he s hardly a secret he s been writing for four decades and has generations of loyal readers.Back in the spring, I gave a favourable review to the documentary The Untold Tales Of Armistead Maupin A few months after that, the galleys to Maupin s memoir, Logical Family, arrived on my desk I d already read his stand alone and excellent novel Maybe The Moon, but it seemed to me that in order to appreciate the memoir and avoid any spoilers revealed in it I d have to read at least the first of his famous Tales Of The City books.So I began the nine novel cycle And, as friends both IRL and on here had told me, the writing was so much breezy fun the literary equivalent of eating candy that I tore through the first book quickly After reading the memoir, I finished book two.It took no time at all to get caught up in the adventures of the denizens of San Francisco s 28 Barbary Lane bright eyed 20 something Mary Ann Singleton, newly arrived from Cleveland jaded bohemian Mona Ramsey Michael Mouse Tolliver, Mona s gay best friend who soon becomes Mary Ann s good friend after Mona disappears Brian Hawkins, an apparently woke ex lawyer who now works as a waiter and is a notorious womanizer and of course their eccentric landlady, Anna Madrigal, who has, it turns out, chosen each one of her tenants very carefully Maupin has admitted that it took him time to discover the right pace and tone for the book, and to become a decent writer he also had constraints from the publisher of the San Francisco Chronicle, where the book originally appeared in serialized form As we re told in the documentary and the memoir, Maupin was told to keep a chart of the book s gay and straight characters, to make sure the former didn t outnumber the latter True, some chapters feel loose and vignette like But once the plot gets going involving sex, lies and a secret dossier on one of characters it s impossible to put down Maupin has lots of fun with his characters, whether they re looking for love and relationships Mary Ann, Mouse , tired of their marriage and looking elsewhere for connection Mary Ann s lecherous, bisexual boss, Beauchamp Day Beauchamp s boss and father in law, Edgar Halcyon, who has a big secret and is also having an affair with one of the main characters.There s some savage satire in here, especially involving well to do characters a coterie of A list gays the ladies who lunch society women who compete with each other to bring famous artists to the city and who hold patronizing consciousness raising rap sessions about serious subjects like rape.One of the characters, a former girlfriend of Mona s, has a storyline that was far ahead of its time, as Maupin points out in his memoir I have to admit that when I read the big revelation, I laughed out loud, it was so brutally funny And other social observations still ring true decades after Maupin wrote them This series really was way ahead of its time.But it s not just satire or the book s prescience that keeps us reading it s the hopes and dreams of its characters and the friendships they form under the gabled roof of their unique abode it s the sense of fun and excitement that you get in moving to a new city and meeting cool new people even if you ve only moved there as a reader.So go ahead and add me to the huge list of Armistead Maupin fans Can t wait to read the other books in the series There was this whole stereotype about gay dudes, back in the day, they were every girl s best friend Oh man, girls loved to get themselves a gay best friend He would swan about calling her outfits fierce and making bitchy jokes He would listen to her complain about her love life He would say things like Girrrrrrrl, he did NOT deserve you He himself would be neutered The whole thing is frankly offensive it reduces gay men to campy tics They exist only during brunch idk who this is I lit There was this whole stereotype about gay dudes, back in the day, they were every girl s best friend Oh man, girls loved to get themselves a gay best friend He would swan about calling her outfits fierce and making bitchy jokes He would listen to her complain about her love life He would say things like Girrrrrrrl, he did NOT deserve you He himself would be neutered The whole thing is frankly offensive it reduces gay men to campy tics They exist only during brunch idk who this is I literally googled stereotypical gay guy You can t exactly tell someone their actual life is offensive, and this is,or less, Armistead Maupin s life, pulled apart and turned extremely soapy for this iconic gay book, the first in an endless series But he was under command, by the San Francisco newspaper that serialized it in the 1970s, not to overgay it which could help explain its tiptoeing quality According to my friend Gray, some editor was keeping a chart of the characters to make sure, as Maupin puts it, the homo characters didn t suddenly outnumber the hetero ones and thereby undermine the natural order of civilisation Which is funny to think about because with the amount of fucking all these people are doing of each other and each other s others, you have to imagine that the character chart would look pretty much like this Crazy wall So good luck, editor And besides, Maupin snuck in so much queer stuff, it s like a Where s Waldo where everyone s Waldo It s a little bit sad and scary to read this book with hindsight It s like one of those early scenes in movies where kids are skipping in slow motion and you re like oh, man, this can t end well In 70 s San Francisco everyone was tumbling into bed with everyone, but the AIDS crisis was looming But first brunch I ve been here on Goodreads for about ten years now, and I have a few friends that have been here with me the whole time One in particular, El, wrote savagely funny and insightful reviews that deeply influenced me Over our long friendship, we talked each other through good times and bad ones, and we talked endlessly, endlessly about books She died two weeks ago suddenly, accidentally, shockingly I miss her But as I finished this book, I looked it up and there she was again as always, way ahead of me Here s her review This is what she sounded like {EPUB} Û Tales of the City ⚠ San Francisco,A na ve young secretary, fresh out of Cleveland, tumbles headlong into a brave new world of laundromat Lotharios, pot growing landladies, cut throat debutantes, and Jockey Shorts dance contests The saga that ensues is manic, romantic, tawdry, touching, and outrageous unmistakably the handiwork of Armistead Maupin Speedy and stagy, the tales breeze by in a kaleidoscopic blur Maupin interweaves disparate narrative threads with such ease that you hardly register how elaborate the plot actually is, until you ve finished it.