In this, the sixth and final self contained volume of Armistead Maupin s epic chronicle of modern life, 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 Wistful and compassionate yet subversively funny, Sure of You is a triumphant finale to one of the most addictively entertaining seIn this, the sixth and final self contained volume of Armistead Maupin s epic chronicle of modern life, 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 Wistful and compassionate yet subversively funny, Sure of You is a triumphant finale to one of the most addictively entertaining series of novels ever written.
Sure of You In this the sixth and final self contained volume of Armistead Maupin s epic chronicle of modern life a fiercely ambitious TV talk show host finds she must choose between national stardom in New Yor
It s testament to the writer s insatiable wit that the last volume in the Tales of the City Chronicles ends with the main protagonists Mary Ann, Mona, Ana Madrigal, Brian and Michael at the forefront, no new characters added Michael s boyfriend was added in the previous, and less successful of the novels, Significant Others plus a returning character from book II stirs up the p l ot We get to down to the basic blocks, the glue that has kept all these characters in each other s company in the fir [...]
This was my least favorite book of the series I haven t read Michael Tolliver Lives yet , and I have to say that the only reason I don t give this book one star is because I really love the overall series and like it or not this novel wrapped it up.Over the course of the series, Maupin slowly abandoned Mary Ann as the voice of the series in favor of Michael as a gay man writing about the often hedonistic world of San Francisco, this made sense and allowed Maupin to describe that world in frank t [...]
I have read a lot of reviews for this book and it seems like there are two prominent opinions people are either really disappointed that Mary Ann became an unfeeling bitch or they have gone back through the series and declared that Maupin always intended her to be a selfish character For me, I had seen her character taking a turn for the worse since the last two books, but that still doesn t make the dumping of her family and friends a pleasant reading experience I also think Maupin took it a li [...]
Here is where Maupin starts to get all sentimental on us and I just love it We also get what the Tales books have never had before a villian that we can boo and hiss at And what do you know It s Mary Ann The book is a wonderful study in how relationships change and how we all develop over time The Mary Ann in this book seems a million miles away from the young ingenue that we met in Tales 1 and yet she IS one and the same Michael really comes into his own in this book too no longer an idealised [...]
This is my favorite one, so far It s also the shortest, but Maupin packs in a lot of pathos There s a new level of poignancy and maturity here It s still a funny and fun read, but this is decidedly a political novel, embodied by Michael s lover Thack Sure of You definitely moved me I was tearing up when Michael thought he d developed KS don t worry, that s not a spoiler, especially considering the title of the next book in the series I was glad to see Mona played a sizable role here For a while, [...]
Armistead Maupin published the first Tales novel in 1978, and the sixth was published in 1989 Of course, he has written a few in the last couple of years, but I am going to hold off on reading them for now although I own them.Overall, I am glad I read these novels I had been meaning to read them for years, and I m thankful Fenella picked the first one for our book club They made for quick, entertaining stories I grew to know and care about the core characters in these six novels, and it saddens [...]
Easily the most depressing of all the books so far To think that this was considered the end to the series for so many years is something of a let down Although I didn t care for Babycakes nearly as much as the others, at least the first five novels were filled with quirky storylines and inventive plot devices Sure of You is almost too realistic for the general tone of Maupin s work The biggest let down was the total decompensation of Mary Ann into the antithesis of the heroinne that she was for [...]
I cannot stress enough how much I hate Mary Ann There were several times when I had to put the book down because I was so mad at her I guess that means the writings good I just question making the supposed lead character unbearable Michael is still amazing and makes me cry I like Brian too and I hate that he loves Mary Ann despite what a b h she is Not my favorite for sure Hopefully we won t have to deal with her in the next book.
I have loved all of the books in this series so far, until now In the previous book, I was disappointed in the person Mary Ann had become Being a local celebrity had gone to her head And it s stayed there I did not like her at all in this book The blurb on the back of the book says she must choose between national stardom in New York and a husband and child in San Francisco She didn t have to choose The choice was made the minute a chance at stardom in New York was offered to her She couldn t wa [...]
This sixth volume of Armistead Maupin s Tales of the City was originally the final one in the series after he revived it about two decades later It didn t feel like it ended at all There s no problem with ambiguous endings so we can imagine the characters continue living their lives after we close the books but this one felt it needed a few chapters.I liked that the problems in this one was grounded and less scandalous It gave us a chance to focus on how the characters have changed Unfortunate [...]
This was originally intended to be the last of the Tales of the City series until Armistead Maupin had a change of heart and, after a lapse of 18 years, wrote three books beginning with Michael Tolliver Lives Sure of You has the feeling of a finale, but it is perhaps the least satisfying and bleakest book of the six I have read Reflective of the time in which it was written the end of the 1980s it embodies the anxiety, depression, and exhaustion of the gay community over HIV AIDS Yet it also, a [...]
I d read every book of this series from tales of the city right through to the latest, Mary Ann in Autumn, except for THIS one and heard that many fans of the series were disappointed or horrified at the turn of events it all seemed to happen in this book, where Mary Ann turned into a complete b tch, leaving her husband and adopted daughter behind to pursue fame and fortune in New York City This installment doesn t really have enough going for it to stand on it s own as a book apart from the ser [...]
The final book in original cannon has grown on me sine I first read it years ago Each of the many characters in the series gets a cameo in the story with the exception of about three from Connie to Prue and it gives a sense of who and what might been down the road.Rereading the series and this book gave me a greater sense of how and why Maupin did what he did with the story Even though I still wihs for better happy ending for the characters, part of the theme of the book is growing up and learni [...]
This was the last book in the original Tale of the City series Published in 1990, it ends the series on a depressing note It s good that I have now Michael Toliver Lives to look forward to because if the series had really ended with this one I would be a little pissed Nothing is really resolved for anyone Mary Ann and Brian s marriage explodes, their kid is a brat, Michael and Thack are happy together but with the AIDS sword over their heads with a false or not alarm that Michael has develop the [...]
Marginally better than I remembered it, mainly because I know that Maupin didn t manage to ruin his series with his premature plan to kill it off a miserable Michael making the most of what he has, even as treatment for HIV is improving and becoming marginally affordable, but with the subtext of impending death a completely unsympathetic and ridiculous character assassination of Mary Ann an unlikely retconning of Brian that ignores his developments of books three and four and doesn t take Mary [...]
A terrible way to end what had been a lighthearted, guilty pleasure series One thing I liked about Maupin s writing was how optimistic and light the tone was No matter what terrible things befall the characters, you know that everything will be okay through their relationships with their friends To be honest, I was still waiting at the end of the book for Maryann to come back to Brian, because she never was a terrible character to begin with, and I thought she would come around to her senses I m [...]
The familiar Barbary Lane s characters are back, a little older Reading this book feels like a high school re union, where familiar faces trigger powerful memories, and we are faced with the realization that those time are gone, and time flew by Michael moved to the Castro with his partner, living what would be a great life if not for the HIV virus in his blood Mrs Madrigal and her daughter Mona travel to the Greek islands, and Mary Ann is given a great work opportunity that may strain her relat [...]
Finally, the last installment of the Tales of the City Back to Barbary Lane series How many books was this Six Eight Maupin is witty, entertaining, caustic and talented If you love the irreverence and eccentricity of San Francisco and its inhabitants, Maupin is your man His characters are memorable and grow on you Each successive entry charts their progress or decine The spectre of AIDS a topic Maupin was intimately familiar with looms in the background But he crazy eclectic mix of characters fr [...]
What was then the final part of the Tales city ends on a downer as Maupin totally destroys one character so that Michael Tolliver becomes the heart of the series The downfall of Mary Ann Singleton never comes across as realistic or believable to me she seems to jump from likable to raging arsehole between books Once again, the author leaves it to the reader to fill in the blanks, as it were.In the end, this book seems rather bitter It s not that I mind characters developing and changing it just [...]
I love the fact that nothing much happens in this book yet in another way, everything does It held my interest largely because of the quality of the dialogue Maupin is a master at making people real, it could be a series of tapes of actual conversations The emotions are spot on, the characters keenly observed.Took me back to the 80s and the height of the AIDS epidemic Is that KS How many T cells do you have It is a language of another age Can t wait to read of this master.
reading tales of the city is like laying in a giant blanket fort with all your favourite people and eating lots of candy i just love these books so much as others have noted, mary ann has changed a lot since the beginning of the series and i really couldn t stand her in this one michael remains the best.
The weakest book in the series We continue to see the lives of a shrinking group of people, yet the author continues to mirror key issues of the time Aids looms large yet relationships are built in spite of it.
This is the first Tales of the City book I read I was a teen, and I didn t pick up any others for years, and no wonder For one thing, I probably had no idea what was going on, given I didn t have background on any of the characters For another, it s a pretty big downer You can guess Maupin was at a low point personally the negativity goes beyond frustration with the president s nonacknowledgment of the AIDS crisis etc The chosen family of 28 Barbary Lane, which grew so close over the first three [...]
What a joy to return to Barbary Lane and pick up with these characters it really is like a family In this latest version we follow Michael who is battling his diagnosis with HIV and the unknown as to if and when the virus may develop into AIDS that has taken so many of his friends Mrs Madrigal journeys to Greece to find her daughter and encounters love along the way and Mary Ann and Brian face an unexpected hurdle Reading these novels is like a hug from a parent comfortable, familiar and leaving [...]
Standard I read this, but damned if I can remember exactly when or why or enough about it to make detail comments disclaimer My rating is based solely on my memory of how much or little I enjoyed the book at that time In some cases, at that time might mean before most users were born Then again, it could mean a couple years ago and that I have a lousy memory.Your mileage may vary Heck, given how all our tastes change over the years and the fickle nature of memory, my own mileage might vary if I [...]
This is technically the end of the Tales of the City series and because of that, I thought the series ended abruptly And ultimately, I didn t like the ending While I was glad to have a return to the central characters of the series, the whole thing just felt like it fell apart at the end And this book was shortry short It felt like a transition piece just to wrap things up quickly I will say I enjoyed the book as it continued the plot line and brought focus to the original characters but it just [...]
My final read of 2017 Another great installment in the Tales series I m in such awe of Maupin s craft The books keep getting better, and it has been such a great to follow the lives of all of our core characters This had some heartbreak, humor, romance, and sadness No big mystery this time around, but it was still a great installment Only three to go in the series now, I don t want it to end
This book completes Maupin s destruction of the Mary Ann character I really don t know why he went down this road with her in the last few books.The Mary Ann of these last three books makes no sense whatsoever in relation to the Mary we meet and love to begin the Tales I know people change in life, but I m at a loss as to why Maupin decided to do this Mary Ann is now a truly awful person which pretty much negates everything about her that was so wonderful to begin with.
Spoilers ahead A wonderful ending to this series, with Mary Ann embracing stardom and abandoning her former life, husband and child who she never really wanted I think it was better for all of them Michael is still thriving with Thack and Mrs Madrigal found some love for herself I am satisfied, but still wanting .
A great series had to end at some point but I did not think it would end like this or so I would of said a few years ago I am glad that there exists three books to end this series I have loved these characters so much and highly recommend all the books in this series.