The Days of Anna Madrigal

Tales of the City 9

Author: Armistead Maupin

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448127319

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

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The Days of Anna Madrigal, the suspenseful, comic, and touching ninth novel in Armistead Maupin’s bestselling “Tales of the City” series, follows one of modern literature’s most unforgettable and enduring characters—Anna Madrigal, the legendary transgender landlady of 28 Barbary Lane—as she embarks on a road trip that will take her deep into her past. Now ninety-two, and committed to the notion of “leaving like a lady,” Mrs. Madrigal has seemingly found peace with her “logical family” in San Francisco: her devoted young caretaker Jake Greenleaf; her former tenant Brian Hawkins and his daughter Shawna; and Michael Tolliver and Mary Ann Singleton, who have known and loved Anna for nearly four decades. Some members of Anna’s family are bound for the otherworldly landscape of Burning Man, the art community in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert where 60,000 revelers gather to construct a city designed to last only one week. Anna herself has another destination in mind: a lonely stretch of road outside of Winnemucca where the 16-year-old boy she once was ran away from the whorehouse he called home. With Brian and his beat-up RV, she journeys into the dusty troubled heart of her Depression childhood to unearth a lifetime of secrets and dreams and attend to unfinished business she has long avoided.

Die Tage der Anna Madrigal

Die letzten Stadtgeschichten

Author: Armistead Maupin

Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 3644400288

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

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Armistead Maupins Stadtgeschichten sind legendär. Im Mittelpunkt des neunten und letzten Bandes steht Anna Madrigal, die legendäre Transgender-Dame und Hausherrin der Barbary Lane 28. Madrigal ist 92 Jahre alt und wünscht sich nichts mehr als einen ladyliken Abgang. Mit ihrem früheren Mieter Brian fährt sie nach Winnemucca, wo Madrigal – damals noch ein 16-jähriger Junge μ aus dem Puff, der ihr Zuhause war, weggelaufen ist. Auf dieser Reise bringt sie Geheimnisse ans Licht und stellt sich lange verdrängten Konflikten. «Die Tage der Anna Madrigal» ist ein spannendes, lustiges und berührendes Buch und ein würdiger Abschluss einer traditionsreichen Serie.

Goodbye Barbary Lane

"Tales of the City"

Author: Armistead Maupin

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062563955

Category: Fiction

Page: 832

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By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Armistead Maupin's bestselling Tales of the City novels—the final three of which are collected in this third omnibus volume—stand as an incomparable blend of great storytelling and incisive social commentary on American culture from the seventies through the first two decades of the new millennium. “These final days of his San Francisco friends and lovers, gay and straight, are seriously moving…. Maupin deftly illustrates how far America and the pioneering Anna have come, and nearly forty years into the series, his writing remains wildly addictive but is deeper and richer.”—People The last three novels of Armistead Maupin’s bestselling, critically-acclaimed Tales of the City are now available for the first time as an omnibus edition. The epic series, published between 1978 and 2014, spans the decade before the AIDS crisis through the era of marriage equality following an unforgettable set of characters, whose diverse sexual identities helped set the social stage for the ongoing sexual revolution. Goodbye Barbary Lane—comprised of Michael Tolliver Lives (2007), Mary Ann in Autumn (2010), and The Days of Anna Madrigal (2014)—brings closure to the lives and legacies of the characters through which generations have found connection to America’s larger cultural struggles over the past four decades. Joining two companion omnibus volumes, 28 Barbary Lane and Back to Barbary Lane, Goodbye Barbary Lane presents all of “Mr. Maupin’s adeptness at fluid dialogue, his flair for shaping characters who thread the needle between pop archetypes and singular human beings, and his great gift for intricate if occasionally preposterous plotting”(New York Times).

More Tales of the City

Author: Armistead Maupin

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062112589

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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Inspiration for the Netflix Limited Series, Tales of the City The second novel in the beloved Tales of the City series, Armistead Maupin’s best-selling San Francisco saga. The tenants of 28 Barbary Lane have fled their cozy nest for adventures far afield. Mary Ann Singleton finds love at sea with a forgetful stranger, Mona Ramsey discovers her doppelgänger in a desert whorehouse, and Michael Tolliver bumps into his favorite gynecologist in a Mexican bar. Meanwhile, their venerable landlady takes the biggest journey of all—without ever leaving home.

Am Busen der Natur

Author: Armistead Maupin

Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 3644511616

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

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«Es ist wie mit den Beatles: Alle scheinen die Stadtgeschichten zu mögen. Und wie sollte sich auch jemand finden, dem es nicht so geht?» (salon.com) Im fünften Band der Stadtgeschichten machen sich die Bewohner der Barbary Lane 28 auf in die majestätischen Redwood-Wälder nördlich von San Francisco. Zu einem Woodstock nur für Frauen und zu einem Männerlager, alles streng getrennt. Aber bald geht es fröhlich drunter und drüber, quer durchs Gebüsch und die sexuellen Neigungen. Eine Gesellschaftskomödie über Ehe, Freundschaft und erotische Nostalgie, voller witzig-boshafter Anekdoten und mit einer unverwüstlichen Sympathie für menschliche Schwächen. «Armistead Maupin schreibt farbig, kühn und fließend ... weise, lustig, voller Liebe und Nachsicht für die Schwächen, die wir wohl alle haben.» (David Hockney) «Man gewinnt sie lieb, die Menschen aus der Barbary Lane in San Francisco. Und nichts ist schlimmer als die steigende Zahl der Seiten, die das unweigerlich nahende Ende des Romans ankündigt.» (Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung)

Tales of the City

A Novel

Author: Armistead Maupin

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780062112392

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

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Inspiration for the Netflix Limited Series, Tales of the City A PBS Great American Read Top 100 Pick The first novel in the beloved Tales of the City series, Armistead Maupin’s best-selling San Francisco saga. For almost four decades Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City has blazed its own trail through popular culture—from a groundbreaking newspaper serial to a classic novel, to a television event that entranced millions around the world. The first of nine novels about the denizens of the mythic apartment house at 28 Barbary Lane, Tales is both a sparkling comedy of manners and an indelible portrait of an era that changed forever the way we live.

Further Tales Of The City

Tales of the City 3

Author: Armistead Maupin

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448126959

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

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The residents of 28 Barbary Lane are back again in this racy, suspenseful and wildly romantic sequel to Tales of the City and More Tales of the City. DeDe Halcyon Day and Mary Ann Singleton track down a charismatic psychopath, Michael Tolliver looks for love, landlady Anna Madrigal imprisons an anchorwoman in her basement storeroom, and Armistead Maupin is in firm control.

Noch mehr Stadtgeschichten

Author: Armistead Maupin

Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 3644511411

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

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«Maupin schreibt mit einem hinreißenden Schnodderton – ohne dabei über menschliche Abgründe und Dramen hinwegzuplaudern.» (Brigitte) Im dritten Band der Stadtgeschichten kehrt die höhere Tochter DeDe mit einer ganzen Schiffsladung von schwulen und lesbischen Kubaflüchtlingen nach San Francisco heim. Doch damit fangen ihre Probleme erst richtig an, zu denen unter anderem ein lebensgefährlicher Psychopath gehört. Derweil macht sich Michael Tolliver beim schwulen Rodeo in Reno auf die Suche nach der Liebe und hält Brian Hawkins um Mary Anns Hand an ... «Ein vollendeter Entertainer, der eine ganze Generation zum Lachen gebracht hat. In der Kunst, Liebe überzeugend darzustellen, kommt Maupin Dickens gleich.» (Times Literary Supplement) «Das Porträt einer Generation.» (BR)

Mary Ann in Autumn

A Tales of the City Novel

Author: Armistead Maupin

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780062020147

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

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Inspiration for the Netflix Limited Series, Tales of the City The eighth novel in the beloved Tales of the City series, Armistead Maupin’s best-selling San Francisco saga. Following the success of his New York Times bestseller Michael Tolliver Lives, Armistead Maupin’s Mary Ann in Autumn is a touching portrait of friendship, family, and fresh starts, as the City by the Bay welcomes back Mary Ann Singleton, the beloved Tales of the City heroine who started it all. A new chapter begins in the lives of both Mary Ann and Michael “Mouse” Tolliver when she returns to San Francisco to rejoin her oldest friend after years in New York City… the reunion that fans of Maupin’s beloved Tales of the City series have been awaiting for years.

Mehr Stadtgeschichten

Author: Armistead Maupin

Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 3644511314

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

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«Das sind die witzigsten Romane, die es zurzeit gibt.» (The Times) Im zweiten Band der Stadtgeschichten haben alte und neue Fans von Armistead Maupin Gelegenheit, sich bei der Begegnung der Sekretärin Mary Ann Singleton mit dem teuflischen Kult zu gruseln (und zwischendurch heftig zu kichern), sich mit Michael «Mouse» Tolliver Sorgen darüber zu machen, ob seine Hoffnungen auf eine glückliche Zukunft mit Jon, dem Gynäkologen, berechtigt sind; das bisher geheime Anagramm im Namen der Vermieterin Anna Madrigal zu entschlüsseln und über Dutzende irrwitziger Missgeschicke, die den Leuten in San Francisco widerfahren, zu lachen oder zu weinen. «Eine Komödie in ihrer klassischsten Form, mit einigen der schärfsten und stärksten Dialoge, die Sie in Ihrem Leben zu lesen bekommen werden.» (The Guardian) «Maupin hat einen noch raffinierteren Coup als Philip Roth gelandet: Er hat den amerikanischen Roman geschrieben, für den amerikanischen Fernsehzuschauer, der sich das Lesen längst abgewöhnt hat.» (Die Zeit)

Schluss mit lustig

Author: Armistead Maupin

Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 3644511713

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

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«Großstädtisch, witzig, traurig und ein Triumph.» (San Francisco Chronicle) Im sechsten Band der «Stadtgeschichten» lernen wir Russel Rand kennen, Top-Designer, verheiratet und trotzdem oberschwul. Die multisexuelle Hauseigentümerin Mrs. Madrigal und ihre Tochter genießen – jede auf ihre Art – die Freuden der Liebe auf Lesbos. Wieder geht es bunt zu in der Barbary Lane 28. Aber irgendwann ist jede Party zu Ende ... «Ich weiß, dass ich nicht der Einzige bin, der bis morgens um zwei weiterlas und sich vornahm, beim nächsten Kapitel aber wirklich Schluss zu machen.» (New York Times Book Review) «Eine zutiefst menschliche Geschichte, komisch, weise, melancholisch, spannend und unglaublich gut.» (Punch)

Michael Tolliver Lives

Author: Armistead Maupin

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061809756

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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Inspiration for the Netflix Limited Series, Tales of the City The seventh novel in the beloved Tales of the City series, Armistead Maupin’s best-selling San Francisco saga. Nearly two decades after ending his groundbreaking Tales of the City saga of San Francisco life, Armistead Maupin revisits his all-too-human hero Michael Tolliver—the fifty-five-year-old sweet-spirited gardener and survivor of the plague that took so many of his friends and lovers—for a single day at once mundane and extraordinary... and filled with the everyday miracles of living.

Babycakes

Author: Armistead Maupin

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062112570

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

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Inspiration for the Netflix Limited Series, Tales of the City The fourth novel in the beloved Tales of the City series, Armistead Maupin’s best-selling San Francisco saga. When an ordinary househusband and his ambitious wife decide to start a family, they discover there’s more to making a baby than meets the eye. Help arrives in the form of a grieving gay neighbor, a visiting monarch, and the dashing young lieutenant who defects from her yacht. Bittersweet and profoundly affecting, Babycakes was the first piece of fiction to acknowledge the arrival of AIDS.

Sure of You

Author: Armistead Maupin

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780061843044

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

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Inspiration for the Netflix Limited Series, Tales of the City The sixth novel in the beloved Tales of the City series, Armistead Maupin’s best-selling San Francisco saga. A fiercely ambitious TV talk show host finds she must choose between national stardom in New York and a husband and child in San Francisco. Caught in the middle is their longtime friend, a gay man whose own future is even more uncertain. Wistful and compassionate yet subversively funny, Sure of You is the pitch-perfect sixth novel in Armistead Maupin’s legendary Tales of the City series.

Back to Barbary Lane

"Tales of the City"

Author: Armistead Maupin

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062683020

Category: Fiction

Page: 832

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By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Armistead Maupin's bestselling Tales of the City novels—the fourth, fifth and sixth of which are collected in this second omnibus volume—stand as an incomparable blend of great storytelling and incisive social commentary on American culture from the seventies through the first two decades of the new millennium. “Tearing through [the tales] one after the other, as I did, allows instant gratification; it also lets you appreciate how masterfully they're constructed. No matter what Maupin writes next, he can look back on the rare achievement of having built a little world and made it run.”—Walter Kendrick, Village Voice Literary Supplement Armistead Maupin's uproarious and moving Tales of the City novels 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. The nine classic comedies, some of which originally appeared as serials in San Francisco newspapers, have won Maupin critical acclaim around the world and enthralled legions of devoted fans. Back to Barbary Lane comprises the second omnibus of the series—Babycakes (1984), Significant Others (1987), and Sure of You (1989)—continuing the saga of the tenants, past and present, of Mrs. Madrigal's beloved apartment house on Russian Hill. While the first trilogy celebrated the carefree excesses of the seventies, this volume tracks its hapless, all-too-human cast across the eighties—a decade troubled by plague, deceit, and overweening ambition. Like its companion volumes, 28 Barbary Lane and Goodbye, Barbary Lane, Back to Barbary Lane is distinguished by what The Guardian of London has called "some of the sharpest and most speakable dialogue you are ever likely to read."

Tollivers Reisen

Author: Armistead Maupin

Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 3644511519

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

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«Ich liebe Maupins Bücher aus demselben Grund, aus dem ich die Romane von Dickens liebe.» (Christopher Isherwood) Band vier der «Stadtgeschichten» spielt sich wieder rund um das Haus in der Barbary Lane 28 ab. Diesmal geht es um den Hausmann Brian und seine Karriere-Ehefrau Mary Ann, denen trotz heftigster Versuche eines nicht gelingen will: ein Kind. Hilfe naht von Königin Elisabeth II., auf Staatsbesuch in San Francisco, und von einem flotten Leutnant, der von der königlichen Yacht desertiert. Weitere Assistenz beim Kindermachen: ein trauernder schwuler Nachbar sowie eine dubiose Organisation zur Vermittlung exotischer Bräute. «Ein unaufdringliches kleines Meisterwerk.» (USA Today) «Ein wirklich langer Liebesbrief an das zauberhafte San Francisco.» (New York Times Book Review)

28 Barbary Lane

"Tales of the City"

Author: Armistead Maupin

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062683004

Category: Fiction

Page: 880

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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 more 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 (1978), More Tales of the City (1980), and Further Tales of the City (1982) afforded a mainstream audience of millions its first exposure to straight and gay characters experiencing on equal terms the follies of urban life. Among the cast of this groundbreaking saga are the lovelorn residents of 28 Barbary 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. Madrigal. Hurdling 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.

How to be Well Read

A guide to 500 great novels and a handful of literary curiosities

Author: John Sutherland

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1409039153

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 528

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As the annual flood of published novels grows ever greater, it’s a hard a job to keep up, let alone sort the wheat from the chaff. Fortunately, literary sleuth and academic John Sutherland is on hand to do precisely that. In the course of over 500 wittily informative pieces he gives us his own very personal take on the most rewarding, most remarkable and, on occasion, most shamelessly enjoyable works of fiction ever written – the perfect reading list for the would-be literary expert. His taste is impressively eclectic. An appreciation of Apuleius’s The Golden Ass – arguably the first-ever novel – is followed by a consideration of Ian Fleming’s Goldfinger. The Handmaid’s Tale is followed by Hangover Square, Jane Eyre by Jaws. There are imposing Victorian novels, entertaining contemporary thrillers and everything in between, from dystopian works to romance. The flavour of each is brilliantly evoked and its relative merits or demerits assessed. At the same time, John Sutherland shows how the work fits into a broader context – whether that of the author’s life or of other books from the same genre or period. And he offers endless snippets of intriguing information: did you know, for example, that the Nazis banned Bambi or that William Faulkner wrote As I Lay Dying on an upturned wheelbarrow; that Voltaire completed Candide in three days, or that Anna Sewell was paid £20 for Black Beauty? Encyclopedic and entertaining by turns, this is a wonderful dip-in book, whose opinions will inform and on occasion, no doubt, infuriate. It is also effectively a history of the novel in 500 or so bite-sized pieces.