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Armistead Maupin

Autor de Historias de San Francisco

40+ Obras 22,462 Miembros 424 Reseñas 88 Preferidas

Sobre El Autor

Armistead Maupin was born in Washington D.C. on May 13, 1944. He received a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He served as a naval officer in the Mediterranean and with the River Patrol Force in Vietnam. He worked as a reporter for a newspaper in Charleston, South Carolina, mostrar más before being assigned to the San Francisco bureau of the Associated Press in 1971. In 1976, he launched his groundbreaking Tales of the City serial in the San Francisco Chronicle. The series describes a group of characters that live together in a boarding house in San Francisco. Eventually, these Tales were collected into a series of six novels. In 1993, the British Broadcasting Company adapted them for a television series that aired on PBS in 1994. His other works include Maybe the Moon, Michael Tolliver Lives, and The Days of Anna Madrigal. The Night Listener was adapted into a movie starring Robin Williams and Toni Collette. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
Créditos de la imagen: Armistead Maupin (left) at the Sundance Film Festival, 2006. Photo by Jere


Obras de Armistead Maupin

Historias de San Francisco (1978) 5,003 copias
Further Tales of the City (1982) 2,370 copias
Babycakes (1984) 2,010 copias
Significant Others (1987) 1,850 copias
Sure of You (1989) 1,832 copias
El Oyente nocturno (2000) 1,572 copias
Michael Tolliver Lives (2007) 1,394 copias
Maybe the Moon (1992) 1,131 copias
Mary Ann in Autumn (2010) 867 copias
The Days of Anna Madrigal (2014) 534 copias
28 Barbary Lane (1990) 429 copias
Back to Barbary Lane (1990) 291 copias
Logical Family: A Memoir (2017) 276 copias
Mona of the Manor (2024) 82 copias

Obras relacionadas

Historias de Berlín (1945) — Introducción, algunas ediciones2,187 copias
The Faber Book of Gay Short Fiction (1992) — Contribuidor — 324 copias
The Letter Q: Queer Writers' Notes to their Younger Selves (2012) — Contribuidor — 264 copias
Tom of Finland XXL (2009)algunas ediciones94 copias
The Celluloid Closet [1995 film] (1995) — Self — 87 copias
Man of My Dreams: Provocative Writing on Men Loving Men (1996) — Contribuidor — 78 copias
Milk: A Pictorial History of Harvey Milk (2009) — Prólogo — 60 copias
Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City: Part 3 — Original novel — 5 copias
Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City: Part 2 — Original novel — 5 copias
Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City [2019 TV miniseries] (2019) — Original book — 1 copia


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Armistead Maupin has got to the logical end of the Tales of the City series and stopped several times before, but his readers — or his publishers — have never let him get away with abandoning Anna Madrigal and the wonderful people who rented rooms in her house on Barbary Lane back in the seventies. Understandable when we had so much fun with those characters in the first few books, but perhaps we really ought to let Maupin move on to something else after nearly fifty years…

In real time the original characters would now all be far too old to have the sort of interesting comic adventures we look for in a Maupin story. Since the younger generation he introduced in the last couple of books are fine for Netflix but a bit out of the range of interest of Maupin and the boomers who actually buy his books, he has now resorted to breaking the sequence and setting this latest instalment thirty years ago, ten years after the events of Babycakes, with Mona and her adopted son Wilfred running a stately home in the Cotswolds. Mona is dallying with Poppy the sub-postmistress, and there’s a vaguely Hitchcockian plot (with shades of Wicker Man) involving some paying guests from North Carolina.

AIDS, Maupin’s old boss Jesse Helms, Thatcher and Clause 28 are still dominant themes (the actual Prime Minister, John Major, doesn’t rate a mention), but the Tories of the 1990s are sometimes clearly just stand-ins for the Tories of the 2020s, and there is a significant sidestep into the very 2020s theme of transphobia, a topic that has never crossed anyone’s mind before in nine books with a main character who is a trans woman.

Obviously, as an American — and worse, as an American now settled in London — writing about Britain, Maupin lays himself open to British readers crowing “Ha-ha!, that’s not how Britain works,” but he’s no Elizabeth George, he has obviously got his British friends to proof-read the manuscript and taken note of their comments, so there are only minor and very unimportant deviations from British reality (e.g. Mona going to the Post Office to collect her mail). He may well have left those in deliberately to tease us.

Of course, it’s nice to meet Mona again — I always felt Maupin pushed her off into the background too quickly in the early books — and to see walk-ons from some of the other core characters, but the plot doesn’t feel as well-engineered as usual, and the dialogue lacks the comic bite of Maupin’s best writing. If you’re already a Maupin fan, you will have bought this book anyway, but if you haven’t met him yet, go and read the early stuff, not this. It doesn’t do him justice.
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thorold | 2 reseñas más. | Jun 15, 2024 |
First of the tales of the cities books. We meet the unusual cast of characters who all live together on Barbary lane. Mary Ann who has just moved from Cleveland. Michael "mouse" a farmers boy from Florida. Bryan the womanizing waiter. Mona the red haired former ad exec and part time lesbian. And of course the landlady Anna Madrigal who had a history all her own
ChrisWeir | 108 reseñas más. | Jun 3, 2024 |
I liked the the first two or three of the series better, but this one was still fun to read and better than the one where the women are camped near the what-cha-ma-call it Grove -- the Men's exclusive hideaway. Didn't care much for that one.
dvoratreis | 15 reseñas más. | May 22, 2024 |
Loved Frances McDormand's narration--it was mildly amusing, but nothing remarkable. Yes, it's nice for its acceptance of LGBT, but it's a bit too free-lovish. Not one character seems to have morals or an ability to be commit to one relationship. Apparently this is the first of a popular series of books, as well as a PBS series with Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis. Even though seven hours of the book didn't thrill me, I do like those actresses, and would probably watch it if I fell upon the title in Netflix.… (más)
TraSea | 108 reseñas más. | Apr 29, 2024 |



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