What was the title of the last book you read?
D’oh! This feels like cheating, just a little bit, because I normally write reviews about books I’ve been reading. Okay, well, it won’t hurt to do one as a 80PC right?
Last book I read: Tales Of The City
Author: Armistead Maupin
‘San Francisco, 1976. A naïve young secretary, fresh out of Cleveland, tumbles headlong into a brave new world of laundromat Lotharios, pot-growing landladies, cut throat debutantes, and Jockey Shorts dance contests.’
I am a lucky, lucky girl. Dave got me the set of eight books for Christmas and though it took me a while to tear myself away from the Kindle, I’ve managed it. Now I don’t think I’ll go back to it until I finish this series. Maupin is brilliant!!!
I’ve heard people talk bout these books quite often. I’m also aware – just about – that there is a TV series of the same name and that the books were originally serialised in The San Francisco Chronicle. Its probably why the chapters are so tiny, but it makes it a frightfully easy read. And immediately engaging. Two chapters in and I was already hooked!
It took me a while to get to grips with the sheer number of characters – it really is an ensemble piece – but once I did that, I found myself drawn into the tale of each and every character and enjoying every word. Some of the stories touch smartly on issues that are still relevant now, and some are thankfully past, but still have done their part in shaping today’s world.
The novel manages to be very real and surreal at the same time. Lord knows how it manages it, but some parts are just so strange that I had to put the book down for a second just to get my head around what I’d just read. Other parts made me howl with laughter either because I’ve been there, done that, or because it was just so bizarre, that it tipped right of the edge of weird into downright hilarious.
The whole thing reads like a Soap Opera, but I’ll tell you what; its one I don’t mind! Honest to God! Mary-Ann is just so delightfully naive that I just want to pull her to my bosom and hug her. Anna Madrigal is fabulous; just the sort of crazy grandmother (aunt?) that anybody would want. Beauchamp Day is a cock-bucket that I want to slap, but that makes him all the more fun to read about. Michael Tolliver (Mouse) is such a sweetheart that I desperately want him to find his true love as soon as he can. ^_^
Basically; I’m about to start reading ‘More Tales Of The City’ and I can’t wait! Mainly because Mary-Ann has done something utterly shocking and I want to see how it pans out, Dee-Dee Day is in a bit of a fix and I feel for her, and there is a secret about Anna Madrigal that I’m just on the verge of figure out, but I need a tiny bit more info first.
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