Tales of the City (Tales of the City, #1) Read Online Free - San Francisco, 1976. A naïve 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.
|Title||:||Tales of the City (Tales of the City, #1)|
|Number of Pages||:||269 pages|
August 15, 2007
Tales of the City is not great literature. That's not what Maupin's aiming for. In what is the first and best book in a six-part series constructed from a serial column in the San Francisco Chronicle, Tales of the City is smart, guilty entertainment at its best. It's a soap opera. But like, say,...
February 08, 2018
my favorite of Maupin's books - a time capsule to San Fran 1976...
October 17, 2017
What did I do between finishing this novel and writing its review? I ordered "More Tales of the City" and "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 a more modern Holly...
October 21, 2011
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...
March 04, 2012
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 mores were drastically changing. And if I were yo...
January 12, 2018
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...
June 14, 2017
3,5 stars rounded up to 4 stars.
I think about...some things...
1) Could I have liked it more if I had read it shortly after the release date. The answer is SURE. OF COURSE. NO DOUBTS.
2) Could I have liked it more if I hadn't' read
Boystown series ? Probably yes. BEFORE reading Tales of the Cit...
March 06, 2012
i really don't get what all the fuss is about. this is some kind of modern classic? the writing is so pedestrian, it's like i fell into a deep sleep and somehow continued reading.
B-O-R-I-N-G ... P-R-O-S-E
still, an extra star because of the surprisingly intricate narrative.
and that said, i thin...
January 17, 2012
Fluffy hetero/homo romantic nonsense set in San Fran in a time period which I am not really clear on but it might be the end of the 1970s. I think Nixon gets a mention. Or maybe it was Carter. Anyway it's not the summer of love and that's what is important as most of the characters in the book se...
June 19, 2010
I didn't actually read this book, but it was rather read to me, and the person who did the reading truly brought it to life - I don't think I would have loved this book so much if I had read it on my own.
I've always loved books with complicated, multi-layered, engaging characters and this one def...