28 Barbary Lane: The Tales of the City Omnibus PDF/EPUB

28 Barbary Lane: The Tales of the City Omnibus PDF/EPUB Armistead Maupin s uproarious and moving Tales of the City novels the first three of which are collected in this omnibus volume have earned a unique niche in American literature and are considered indelible documents of cultural change from the seventies through the first two decades of the new millennium These novels are as difficult to put down as a dish of pistachios The reader starts playing the old childhood game of Just one chapter and I ll turn out the lights, only to look up and discover it s after midnight Los Angeles Times Book Review Originally serialized in the San Francisco Chronicle, Armistead Maupin s Tales of the City, More Tales of the City, and Further Tales of the Cityafforded a mainstream audience of millions its first exposure to straight and gay characters experiencing on equal terms the follies of urban lifeAmong the cast of this groundbreaking saga are the lovelorn residents ofBarbary Lane the bewildered but aspiring Mary Ann Singleton, the libidinous Brian Hawkins Mona Ramsey, still in a sixties trance, Michael Mouse Tolliver, forever in bright eyed pursuit of Mr Right and their marijuana growing landlady, the indefatigable Mrs MadrigalHurdling barriers both social and sexual, Maupin leads them through heartbreak and triumph, through nail biting terrors and gleeful coincidences The result is a glittering and addictive comedy of manners that continues to beguile new generations of readers


10 thoughts on “28 Barbary Lane: The Tales of the City Omnibus

  1. Tony Tony says:

    I ve lost track of how many times I ve bought and read these books.Tales of the City stills stands as one of my all time favourite books I read it about every other year The first three books of this nine book series are pretty fast and furious Not only do the books delve into the lives of the inhabitants of 28 Barbary, but all three have an undercurrent of crime that I enjoy I highly recommend these books to queers in their


  2. Moira Clunie Moira Clunie says:

    a review from the l.a times compared the experience of reading these books with eating a bowl of pistachios they re as hard to put down each whets your appetite for the next the third book kept me awake for hours until i d finished it some of theintense plot points that i won t spoiler here were safely resolved.i didn t know san francisco in the seventies, but found the writing evocative even of myrecent time there where i bou


  3. Elizabeth Elizabeth says:

    I m so addicted, I can t put it down It would have been torture to only be able to read one column a day I plowed through the first two Tales in just a couple of days while on vacation, and now I m working on the third volume And I know I m very late to join the Maupin bandwagon, but I wasn t born yet so what can I say He has a brilliant way of capturing characters in just a few words I can perfectly imagine each of them and all


  4. Leah K Leah K says:

    This is a hard one to rate since it contains the first three books of the Tales of the City series I found the first book fairly slow but that picked up in the second and third book I ended up falling in love with the characters and loved reading their progressions through the books and years The issues of the times really show within I really got caught up in the stories and the 880 pages seemed to pass quickly I found some of th


  5. V. Briceland V. Briceland says:

    My nostalgia for Armistead Maupin s Tales of the City series was stoked once again by the recent revival of the adaptation on Netflix On a reread of the first three books, however, a few flaws become apparent.The initial entry in the series is fun and feels pleasurably voyeuristic on the hijinx of the down and out and rich and famous bothbut Tales of the City is honestly not as well written as later installments Maupin relies heavil


  6. Jays Jays says:

    Total soap opera, but in the best kind of way Fans of the PBS miniseries or the new Netflix limited series will find the first three volumes of the whole Tales of the City saga pretty much do exactly what it says on the tin Every plot is intertwined, there s always some kind of gasp worthy heel turn He s really a P.I Cults Jim Jones , everyone finds themselves in and out of some larger plot twist Maupin is a breezy writer, making even


  7. Marianne Marianne says:

    I m reading the 28 Barbary Lane anthology but I just finished the first book, Tales of the City.So, I have a huge pile of library books that I want to read, but I saw the trailer for the new Netflix adaptation recently, cried, and immediately downloaded these books even though we definitely have all of the paperbacks and probably most of the hardbacks but my ereader makes for easier bedtime and bus reading I ve read them over and over,


  8. Etain Etain says:

    I am always looking for lgbtq fiction and so when I heard the new Netflix series was based on a book series I immediately got a copy I really enjoyed it It felt like a queer soapy drama with all sorts of intrigue and scandals going on It is pretty dated in terms of phrases and references as it was originally written in the 1970 s Needless to say there are some pretty problematic moments which were a sign of the times of when it was writte


  9. elizabeth roberts-zibbel elizabeth roberts-zibbel says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This was my third time through all the Tales of the City I actually own them separately as ebooks, but reviewing and adding to my shelves seems easier in bulk I always laugh out loud, and adore the characters My second time was bc we were considering moving to SF Third time after my daughter came out Mouse, Maupin s alter ego, is my favorite, but how can you not


  10. Ron Ron says:

    In his widely read Tales of the City Armistead Maupin writes of his adopted San Francisco and the eccentric and flamboyant people who captured world attention on a city long famous for it s off beat life styles Focusing on the interconnected lives of a group of both gay and straight boarders living at 28 Barbary Lane during the 1970 s, Maupin takes his readers through a series of outrageous events that are both hilarious and thought provoking


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