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5.0 von 5 Sternen You actively miss these people when you stop reading...
Perhaps it's a bit of Californian bias that I select this particular book; I am a California native and it's this that makes Tales of the City all the more familiar to me. The story began as a weekly serial for the San Francisco Chronicle back in the early seventies, before I was even born. Still, generational differences don't keep one from getting sucked into the...
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Poorly transferred to the Kindle Edition
I would like to stress that this review is solely intended to address the conversion to the Kindle format!

This ebook is a very good example how it should not be done: The first impression was good, standard chapters work, cover included what you would expect of a good conversion. The text itself however is littered with errors, missing characters or even...
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Poorly transferred to the Kindle Edition, 29. Februar 2012
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Tales of the City (Kindle Edition)
I would like to stress that this review is solely intended to address the conversion to the Kindle format!

This ebook is a very good example how it should not be done: The first impression was good, standard chapters work, cover included what you would expect of a good conversion. The text itself however is littered with errors, missing characters or even words (which are substituted by a "?"), stray breaks in the middle of sentences, sometimes _very_ arbitrary capitalization. Amazon (or whoever does the conversions) should really work on that.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen You actively miss these people when you stop reading..., 14. September 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Tales of the City (Taschenbuch)
Perhaps it's a bit of Californian bias that I select this particular book; I am a California native and it's this that makes Tales of the City all the more familiar to me. The story began as a weekly serial for the San Francisco Chronicle back in the early seventies, before I was even born. Still, generational differences don't keep one from getting sucked into the world of Anna Madrigal, Michal "Mouse" Tolliver and all those who reside at 28 Barbary Lane.
It's hard to know where to begin when describing this series. Maupin's writing is descriptive, yet it doesn't trespass the way other authors might, as they try too hard to convey their "vision" to the reader. Maupin prefers to sit back and let the reader draw - or jump to - their own conclusions. He enjoys cliffhangers, melodrama and even blatant shock tactics to keep the reader's attention, and it's these things that remind you that this world was born in the pages of a newspaper. Despite the simplicity to Maupin's work, he still manages to create the most intricate, involved world of people living, working and loving in San Francisco.
The characters, of course, are what make the book: Mary Ann Singleton, the Ohio transplant searching for meaning to her life, Brian Hawkins, the aging gigolo, Michael Mouse, the hopeless romantic looking for Mister Right, Mona Ramsey, the hippy in denial, and of course, Mrs. Madrigal, the landlady of Barbary Lane and "Mother Of Us All". With these few characters, Maupin creates an entire world that, when you close the book, stays with you. It never goes away.
The interlocking storylines, plot twists, turns and five-car pileups inspire a special kind of tolerance in the reader, for you never know when your favorite character and the villain will cross paths with one another and a complete role-reversal will occur. This is a must-read for anyone interested in the human condition.
The only downside is that you actively miss these people when you stop reading. Then you only have to pick up the books and read them again. I do it all the time.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen San Francisco Livestyle, 1. Juli 2003
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Tales Of The City (Taschenbuch)
If you've never been there, if you are not planning to go - no problem, if you have read this book, you felt the vibe of San Francisco.
You meet a house full of totally different people, you have a look into there live. And if you go on reading the following parts of the city tales, it's gonna be a deep look...
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A very accurate capture of 1970's San Francisco., 24. Juni 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Tales of the City (Taschenbuch)
Tales of The City captures the very spirit of San Francisco in the 1970's, as the spirit of the city, which surely is represented by the nickname 'Frisco, died. The City was not moral, nor neat. The victorians were seedy, the City in decay. But, nonetheless, Maupin describes the city as it was; determined to have a good time as it always had. Maupin depicts the economic classes as if he knew them intimately, and portrays the provincialism as it exists, without making the City look the worse for it. I moved here in part because of these books, having awakened in me as they did, the memory of the San Francisco I knew, just after I cut the apron strings and was sent here by Uncle Sam. It is a different place today. Tales of The City captures it as it was. Yea, the people were lonely, they did a lot of drugs, had a lot of meaningless sex, and ended up in the 'eighties none the less. But didn't we all? The story is entertaining, especially when viewed for itself: it was a newspaper article. Unless your morality is a vague as your sexuality, Tales of The City will transport you to the recent past, in an age where we can't believe that history was actually being made, but it was, and we might have been there, but for some twist of fate, or geography. If it corrupts you...you were probably corrupted to begin with, and just waiting to be swept away.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Over-hyped, 22. Februar 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Tales of the City (Taschenbuch)
After hearing so much about this book from so many people for such a long time, I walked out of the bookstore very excited and ready to immerse myself in the imaginary world of 28 Barbary Lane. I read a few chapters, surprised at the lack of eloquence, the shallow characters and the non-existence of a plotline. Surely, I thought, San Francisco's defining novel has to extend beyond the bedside adventures of a group of roughly drawn charicatures. Okay, I thought, I'd better stick with it; after all, with so much buzz, this has got to be a great piece of literature. But alas, the more I read, the more trite it got, until I was left with the sense of chewing a less than flavorful gum for much too long. What a disappointment! This might have been very daring in the 1970s with its open-minded take on gays, but today -- when thankfully society has become much more accepting -- it feels very, very dated. If anything, it serves as a telling "period piece" for the 1970s, reflecting much of the era's self-centeredness and superficiality, seasoned with some of the preachiness of the 1960s. However, since the author is clearly part of that culture instead of a critical observer, the lessons learned for the readers are limited.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A delightful starting point for a brilliant satire, 16. Dezember 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Tales of the City (Taschenbuch)
First things first when it comes to reading Maupin's Tales of the City series -- learn to read in segments. This first book flashes from place to place and character to character swiftly so that the reader can get an overall picture of the situation. Quite honestly, it reads much like if it were a television series (which it was on PBS and Showtime...two miniseries, so far). Thus, if you expect it to be full of long chapters and focusing on a conversation or situation for a long while, you're going to be disappointed (much as one of the more recent reviewers of this book was, I note). Maupin's tale of a newcomer to San Francisco, the naive and reserved Mary Ann Singleton, and her misadventures with the residents of Barbary Lane (Mrs. Madrigal, the gay and proud Michael, the liberated Mona, etc.) is the stuff of Dickens' serials, brought to the 1970s in a flash of humor, adventure and out-and-out 1970s wackiness. I have read and re-read and re-re-read the entire series over and over again and have never failed to be entertained by the characters or the situations they find themselves in. Truly one of the most brilliant series out there. Give it a chance -- you won't regret it!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Didn't Read The Book But Saw The Miniseries, 13. April 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Tales of the City (Taschenbuch)
Okay, okay, I guess I'm cheating because I never actually read the book. But just this past New Years I saw the previews for the miniseries that was going to be on Bravo (it was a rerun I guess). The previews looked pretty good so I started taping the six episodes at like one in the morning. I was extremely tired but once I saw the beginning I was enraptured for the next thirty minutes before I tore myself away! The next two days all I did was watch Tales of the City and be involved with this hilarious and wacky bunch of creepy and good people! There were so many twists and turns and dirty secrets...It was amazing. I'm sure the book is good. The other reviews make it sound amazing as well as the other volumes. But even if you don't read the book somehow you have to find a copy of the miniseries because even if the book is better the miniseries is SOOOOOO GOOOD! I CANNOT STOP TELLING PEOPLE ABOUT IT! IT'S THE BEST THING I HAVE SEEN ALL YEAR! And I'm not gay or anything either. No offense to anyone.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen THE book to give as a gift, 21. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Tales of the City (Taschenbuch)
Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City begins one of the most entertaining, touching and involving series of books I have ever had the pleasure of reading. The dialogue crackles, the action is paced brilliantly, and the characters pop off the pages and stay with you long after the final chapter ends.
The cable network Bravo has recently re-broadcast the film version of "Tales" as part of their Gay Pride month series. While PBS and Showtime have done an admirable job translating these tales into well-produced mini-series, nothing can compare to reading these amazing books and becoming involved in a time and a place that are gone forever.
I have given this book to friends and family on countless occasions. It never fails to delight and entrall. And everyone I have given the book to has gone on to read the complete series.
I miss my friends on Barbary Lane, and I am EXTREMELY eager to read the next book by Mr. Maupin. Please, Armistead! Hurry!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A tale of my own, 10. Februar 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Tales of the City (Taschenbuch)
I read the 'Tales' series in 1994. I remember cracking open the first book and falling in love within the first few pages. These were characters that I really wanted to get to know, here was a picture of gay love that wasn't veiled or shadowed.
A week went by spent entirely with my new friends (interrupted only by an inconvenient search through the bookstores of Perth for an elusive copy of 'Further Tales').
I remember almost going into shock when I closed 'Sure of You', so strongly had Mouse and co. entered into my life. How could I return to my dull life after such pleasure and joy! Well I did, and a year later (the day I saw the 'Tales' mini-series at a film festival) I came out to my best friend. I realised that it was time to take some of that joy and freedom off the pages and the screen and into my own life. Six years later, I'm happy to report that there's many an interesting 'tale' to tell...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen For all those people with a sense of humour and a big heart!, 12. Juli 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Tales of the City (Taschenbuch)
These are, quite simply, the most entertaining books ever written. Like so many other reviewers here, I read the whole series in a week then promptly read the only other book I could find written by Mr Maupin, "Maybe The Moon" (just as wonderful and wacky). How anyone could not take these books and their wonderful characters to their hearts is beyond comprehension. The two downsides have been - 1) reading anything else has been extremely difficult as any other piece of fiction has an aweful lot to live up to and 2) that Mr Maupin does not write more as he is surely one of the best writers of the modern era.
If you have yet to read these books, do yourself a favour - turn off your computer and race to your nearest bookstore. Don't plan anything for the next week as you'll want to forget your own life as you immerse yourself in the lives of your new best friends.
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