- Title: Further Tales of the City
- Author: Armistead Maupin
- ISBN: 9780552991063
- Page: 324
- Format: Paperback
The residents of 28 Barbary Lane are back again in this racy, suspenseful and wildly romantic sequel to Tales of the City and More Tales of the City.DeDe Halcyon Day and Mary Ann Singleton track down a charismatic psychopath, Michael Tolliver looks for love, landlady Anna Madrigal imprisons an anchorwoman in her basement storeroom, and Armistead Maupin is in firm control.
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Armistead Maupin makes doppelgangers of his beloved characters, plays them out beautifully like a Chess Magician, and Michael and Co. move graciously to the background-- until you need them to be in the narrative, and then they pretty much save the day! Talk about complete reader fidelity. Because the clashes with actual 80's Americana (historical events mostly) are in such garish, odd taste (like talking about a topic way too earlyAIDS, plane crashes, whathaveyou), it takes a while for the pala [...]
Uh-oh, I think this might be the book where the wheels start to come loose from the wagon. First off, and most importantly, Frannie Halcyon is referred to as “The Matriarch” at LEAST 200 times. I don’t understand why. It’s not like she’s going to be confused with another character if you just say FRANNIE. Second, Prue Giroux drove me nuts, so abandoning Mona in favor of an entirely ridiculous mystery plot involving Prue didn’t thrill me either. If you’re going to take up with a man [...]
It took me 21 months to read this third volume. When Maupin comes up with a totally unbelievable plot line involving a resurrected Jim Jones, his kidnapping of two four-year-old children from an Alaskan cruise and then perhaps through Little Diomedes (a US island) to Big Diomedes (a Russian island) and then on to Nome which is "over eleven hundred miles from here [Diomedes]" Mary Ann says, right off the top of her head, the last half of this volume turns into a ridiculously thriller. And not eve [...]
This is the last of the 'lighthearted' Tales of the City books, as the fourth will usher in the beginning of the AIDS crisis and the hardening of Mary Ann Singleton. Sometimes when re-reading this book I want to stop and pretend it ended there, so I can hold onto more cherished memories of the characters we have grown to love so much. The wacky plots may continue, but there's a darkness from hereon out that tends to overshadow it all.
This book plays much better (for me) than the film adaptation I watched years ago when I saw all the Tales movies in order even though I'd only read the first book. There's a certain edge to camp that seems to be hard to get on screen but is still quite charming in text.That said, I don't think this book is quite as strong as the first two, and the simple reason for that is that the world changed. The first chapter makes it very clear that it's the 80's. 1981 to be specific. And, especially for [...]
As I continue my 2013 re-read of the Tales of the City series, I am guessing I will have to say less and less about it. Obviously I enjoy it very much, and while I recall the series "tail"-ing off at some point -- and thought it may have started here with the 3rd installment -- Further Tales of the City -- such was not the case. Although I had some trepidation at the start as I did not recall having fond memories of the emergence of Prue Giroux and the whole Guyana subplot, but alas it all charm [...]
3.5 for content, 4 for enjoyment. I was home sick and desperate for cozy reading material when I remembered I had a stack of these in the basement.Tales of the City is charming as always, and I really enjoyed Michael's storyline in particular; his search for emotional connection is sympathetic and heartfelt without being sentimental.That said, for an ostensibly comic novel, there's a lot of darkness in this book. Most of it was deftly handled, but the main plot was slightly odd and dated, with t [...]
AudibleI am even ready to sacrifice my Friday glass of wine for more Tales of the City ( IFI have to make a choice). How good I have both. Still 6 installments to go. And my new wine rack. And BTW, Barbara Rosenblat is amazing. I've never enjoyed female narrators, but she is so damn perfect, I don't want another narrator for this series. Addiction gets a completely different meaning.
LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVED IT!!!! Everything I wanted and more. The book builds up to the best suspense I've read so far. I could not put it down once I reached the middle of the book. The characters are so lovable, well I mean, I love them since book 1. I don't think you should read this one without reading the first two, good thing is that they are short so it'll be a quick read. Aw, just awesome.
From BBC Radio 4 Extra:Dramatisation of Armistead Maupin's classic sequence of comic novels about the denizens of a San Francisco apartment house in the late 70s and early 80s.
I keep rereading and rereading all the Tales of the City books, and I still give them full 5 stars everytime 'round!
I thought this was better than the first two, had more intrigue and surprises!
Perfect beach/summer read- like reading a soap opera, and following along to see what happens.I love how the characters are all intertwined and you never know how they are going to pop up again throughout the series of 3 books.
This one might be the slowest of all of the books so far to get into, but once it picks up its force, it really does-- full-throttle. I was honestly really disappointed in the beginning of the book, because Maupin unexpectedly leaps ahead three years in all of our characters' lives. So, many of the story lines left hanging in the previous installment remain suspended. It's as if he got bored with moving so slowly with them but, more likely now that I think about it, he probably just wanted licen [...]
Campiness aside, the characters have grown on me so much that I have fallen completely in love with this series.
I fell deeply in love with the Tales of the City series when I read the first two installments as required reading in my Gay and Lesbian Lit class last semester. Maupin's prose is sparse yet surgical, his dialogue is lively and enjoyable, and he's able to create the type of characters that actually make me give a shit what happens to them; something that perhaps dazzles me more than it should as I spend so much of my time reading books where characters and plot are more-or-less secondary to them [...]
I'm half-way through rereading the original six Tales of the City books, so I can dig into the three recently published sequels.Further Tales of the City is my least favourite of the first three books, for two reasons.First, the plot is preposterous. Armistead Maupin pulls his usual trick of juxtaposing characters through unlikely coincidences, but that's not the most annoying part. My main complaint is that the central plot is plain silly, constructed from an unbelievable premise, abrupt twists [...]
Now stupidly I got this out of the library and didn't look at the cover properly so only when I got it home did I realise this is number 3 in the series - der!It didn't really matter as it was a whole new story for the characters not a continuation. It just meant that I got a tiny bit lost at times and didn't know all the history of the characters which would probably have made me care about them more.I found the characters quite alien but some of this may have been due to reading the 3rd book 1 [...]
you know- I'd give this book a five stars if it really shook me to my core. I like books that really make me completely question myself, that rattle something deep inside. This book is not that. This book is fucking hilarious. Witty, smooth, an absolute portrait of SF living in the very early eighties/late seventies, but even much more than that. This one was way out there with the sudden intense mystery stuck in the middle of the book that unravels into what is, hilariously, a gay threes compan [...]
This starts off as a bit of a frustrating installment. A few years have passed from More Tales and there's some re-arranging of the main characters' lives as they previously ended from being happy couples. This is all about girl-power with Mary Ann teaming up with DeDe Day (and to a lesser extent, ditzy social columnist Prue Gireaux) as they investigate the mysterious happenings of a charismatic cult leader who might have survived the real-life Jonestown massacre in 1978. Michael Tolliver sadly [...]
I don't think I've ever read a series more out of order! I just finished the "last" book in the series, "The Days of Anna Madrigal", and now I'm back to this book, the third. Considering the time skips between each book, it almost feels kind of natural to jump around, like being told a long story out of order.As with the other books in this series, the character development and dialogue are why I read these books. The plots rely on coincidence and luck (both good and bad) a little too much for t [...]
The first three books in the Tales of the City are the best. They are all an unbeatable combination of plot, setting and character. And of the first three books, my personal favorite is #3, Further Tales of the City. It's the most inventive and memorable and the most page-turn-able--Maupin at his finest!
Further light and enjoyable reading from Armistead Maupin. He has sucked me in and I just continue to follow the path through his books. Love the Jim Jones/Guyana subplot in this book. My guilty pleasure continues!
Füller:Bislang der Höhepunkt der Reihe, enthält alle typischen Elemente, die man lieben oder hassen kann, daneben aber mit der Rückkehr von Jim Jones einen Roten Faden, der den Aufbau eines grotesken Thrillerszenarios ermöglicht, dessen Auflösung sich aber den traditionellen Mechanismen entzieht.
What a joy to again to Barbary Lane and it's colourful collection of characters. We have moved on to the 80s in this novel however both San Francisco and its inhabitants are as debauched and hilarious as ever. The saga, drama, comedy and joy continue in this third novel of the Tales series.
My favorite so far. I couldn't go to bed until I finished it. Although I did miss Mona, the extreme drama kept me on the edge of my seat. It even exacerbated the creep-factor of a certain historical event that I've always been intrigued with. A lot to take in, but definitely my favorite.
Being familiar with the madness (I'd read the article about Jonestown) made this more fun. I also really like Michael now that he is more secure and rounded (and not called "Mouse" much anymore).
Brilliant pure brilliance
Well fuck I got the third book thinking it was the first ofcccc
I love these books! Can't wait to start on number 4!
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