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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin

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Tales of the City is one of the best books I have ever read! I will be buying every sequel available and reading them just as fast as I read this one (in a weekend). I highly recommend this book and have actually leant my copy out to a friend, and had another friend buy one too.

A little history: Tales of the City was originally a serial written by the brilliant Armistead Maupin in the San Francisco Chronicle. The book is a compilation of these stories – each chapter is one newspaper article. The story follows a wide variety of characters and their lives in San Francisco in the late ‘70s. It reminded me of Love Actually in the sense that everyone is connected in some way or another. I loved figuring out the connections between the characters!

If you can’t relate to at least one of the characters, you’re lying to yourself. The wide variety of quirky people in this book allows for all kinds of daily human interactions to be evaluated and for everyday characteristics to be put under a microscope for the reader to analyze. There’s the woman starting a new life in the big city, a batty old woman with the wisdom of thirty people, and a gay man whose parents are blind to his sexuality. Then there’s the rich old man, his bored spoiled daughter and her unfaithful husband. This book is full of twists and turns and so many secrets. But you’ll never see the ending coming. Seriously, plot twist of the century. Don’t skip ahead and ruin the shock. And shock it was, I didn’t even know what I was reading in those last few pages. Of course, now I have to know what is going to happen to the characters in the next book.

So next time I am in San Francisco, I will buy More Tales of the City.

Five owls for this great, funny, roller coaster of a book!

OH AND! There's a miniseries staring Laura Linney! I saved that for last because I think you should read the book first, but just in case you can't get enough of these characters, like me, you have options!

Go out and spread some sunlight, my beautiful friends.

Love you all,

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