Even some of the picaresue ualities of my all time fave Confederacy of Dunces It is about this 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 readersBack 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 *the documentary The Untold Tales Of Armistead Maupin A few months after that the galleys to Maupin s Logical Family arrived on my desk I d already read his stand alone and excellent novel May 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 ust 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 "and Sure of You which I don t remember so clearly 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 With Krishna's Eyes just felt tired and depressed and irritated in the way that I would be if I spent an entire week watching soap operas and eatingunk 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 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 Six Feet Under Tales of the City purports to be little than a creative and intelligent soap opera Taken as such it is a delight Vivid characters A setting San Francisco that Maupin gives an almost pop up book feel And addictive storytelling Tales of the City is an escapist read And itself an exercise in escapism using what San Francisco represents in the popular imagination to open wide a world of freedom and possibility within its pages and without. A that ensues is manic romantic tawdry touching and outrageous unmistakably the handiwork of Armistead Maupi. ,
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card you veYou ve to make things work for you Mary Ann pg 111Recommended for readers who enjoy their fiction with a big helping of soul searching and humor delivered at the speed of life 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 okes 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 guyYou 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 uality 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 wallSo good luck editor And besides Maupi. San Francisco 1976 A naïve young secretary fresh out of Cleveland tumbles headlong into a brave new world .
N snuck in so much ueer 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 brunchI ve been here on *Goodreads for about ten years now and I have a few friends *for about ten years now and I have a few friends 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 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 charityI 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 doTales of the City felt like a soap opera to me not at all the interesting character study so many have made it out to beMy advice read EL Doctorow instead for great realistic charactersOr 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 humanityAs for the Tales of the City volumesmy trip through those tales is cut short Mother must be dying Stop trying to cheer me up Now 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 ust 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 it Finally she looks at him intently and says It made me feel like I was on crack I loved it Finally she looks at him intently and says a voice fraught with meani 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 investedconfident that they ll match this oneIt is uproarious and uber funny It stars the cute Mary Ann Singleton think a modern 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. F laundromat Lotharios pot growing landladies cut throat debutantes and Jockey Shorts dance contests The sag.