TALES OF THE CITY by Armistead Maupin

69%

11 Critic Reviews

Maupin's alternately playful and sentimental tales depict an all-too-easily satirized population of transients and toffs living in and around San Francisco.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

For almost four decades Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City has blazed its own trail through popular culture—from a groundbreaking newspaper serial to a classic novel, to a television event that entranced millions around the world. The first of nine novels about the denizens of the mythic apartment house at 28 Barbary Lane, Tales is both a sparkling comedy of manners and an indelible portrait of an era that changed forever the way we live.

 

About Armistead Maupin

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Armistead Maupin is the author of Maybe the Moon, The Night Listener, and the bestselling Tales of the City series. A new musical based on the first two Tales novels premiered at San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater in the summer of 2011. Maupin lives in San Francisco with his husband, Christopher Turner.
 
Published June 7, 2011 by HarperCollins e-books. 419 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Gay & Lesbian, Humor & Entertainment, Professional & Technical, Science & Math, Westerns, Law & Philosophy. Fiction
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Critic reviews for TALES OF THE CITY
All: 11 | Positive: 8 | Negative: 3

Guardian

Good
on Jun 05 2011

Armistead Maupin's love letter to gay San Francisco.

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Guardian

Good
on Jun 02 2011

Sweeping current of transformation.

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Guardian

Good
on Jan 02 2006

For gay men moving to London in the late 1980s - myself included - Maupin's sequence of novels acted as a kind of Aeneid, a founding mythology of a city where anything was possible and everything was accepted.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average

Maupin's alternately playful and sentimental tales depict an all-too-easily satirized population of transients and toffs living in and around San Francisco.

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Entertainment Weekly

Good
on Jun 05 1998

Heartiness with tartiness.

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The Seattle Times

Above average
Reviewed by John Hartl on Nov 04 2010

An element of suspense is introduced early on, as some chapters end with cliffhangers that involve horror-movie behavior and the kinds of outrageous plot twists that mix fact and fiction...Like Mary Ann, Maupin sometimes seems susceptible to exaggerating circumstances and inventing worse conditions.

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The New Zealand Herald

Good
on Apr 07 2011

Tales of the City columns captured the off-beat spirit of San Francisco.

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The New Zealand Herald

Above average
on Nov 29 2010

The Tales Of The City stories were always utterly of their moment.

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Splash Magazine

Good

Tales of the City, takes actual stories from Maupin’s column and subsequent books and marries them into a single narrative.

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San Francisco Weekly

Below average
on Jun 22 2011

Dramatic revelations ensue, one novel after another, eight novels in a row.

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Variety

Above average
on Jun 02 2011

“Tales of the City” is always diverting and never worse than merely imperfect.

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