Review: The Tales of the City (Armistead Maupin)

Amazon Summary: 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. The saga that ensues is manic, romantic, tawdry, touching, and outrageous – unmistakably the handiwork of Armistead Maupin.

My Thoughts: I have this rule about reading a book: I usually give every book a chance of 100 pages. If I still don‘t like it by then I stop reading it. This is what happened with The Tales of the City. I was supposed to read it for my book club meeting but I found out about the book club only a few days before the meeting so I never managed to read the whole book. I managed to read around 80 pages. Nevertheless, I went to the meeting anyway. It was a great evening with lovely people but all they said was confirming my first impression of the book. There were not many people around who really liked it. After the meeting, I really wanted to go on reading because I wanted to find out why a few people loved it so much.

But I never made it. I was just bored and after a bit over 100 pages I thought that it is a waste of time and it is not worth wasting my precious time forcing myself through a book that I do not like when there are so many others out there that I probably love!

I cannot even say what I did not like exactly. It is the overall story that bored me quite quickly. Perhaps it was also the writing style that did not grab my attention. It is actually harder to explain why I did not like this particular book than to tell why I love so many others. The story was just boring. Nothing special happened on the first 100 pages. The style of writing was pretty monotonous like a song that is always playing the same boring melody without any highs and lows in it.

In school we learn that there has to be a tension curve in every story. But I had the impression that the curve in this case was more a straight line than an actual curve.

Even though I did not like the book at all, there must be many people who loved it since it is the first book in a series and the author would not write more if there wouldn‘t be people reading these books. So, if anyone of you loved the book, please tell me what made it so special because I really want to understand it. Perhaps I am missing out on something important here.

If I would be asked whether I could recommend The Tales of the City or not, I would probably say that it depends on the reader. Everybody should try it on his or her own to get an own idea and opinion about it. I would definitely not put it on any list of recommended books because there are just way too many others that I would recommend first.

You can find out more about Armistead Maupin and the other books of the series here.

My Rating: ☆☆☆☆

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2 Responses to Review: The Tales of the City (Armistead Maupin)

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