Tales Of The City – Armistead Maupin

364405244_orig1Tales of the City follows the intricate twists and turns of life as experienced by a group of young people living, working and playing in San Francisco during the late 70s.

Based around five central characters Mary – Anne, the naive newcomer to the district; Mona, the bisexual hippy; Michael, the lovable gay; and Brian the heterosexual lothario. And to head them all up, the ever intriguing if slightly eccentric landlady Mrs Madrigal of 28 Barbary Lane.

They live their lives to the full and come together regularly at Mrs Madrigal’s late night soirees to discuss their love affairs and antics whilst eating hash cakes and sipping Ginseng Tea.

To read Tales of the City is pure escapism. Armistead writes wonderfully allowing the reader to get catch up in the pure liberated times of the late 70s of pot smoking, open-minded attitudes to sex and rock and roll. Once you experience the warmth, humour and outrageousness of Armistead’s first book in the series you will be hooked and yearn for more. I would strongly recommend this book if you want something to read which has an edge, is witty, touching, something to lose yourself in.

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