Read Anthony Zedan's comment. He has said it all. Not a native San Franciscan, I loved it. And he is right, I've started the second book. Not a mental or cultural challenge, but fun.
A fun and easy read, but you will have to read all three "Tales" books, if you get into the first one. There is so much humor mixed in and the chapters are so short, you will soon lose track of time and find yourself finishing them in no time whatsoever. As a native San Franciscan, these stories capture the wild and crazy ride of San Francisco city life in the 70's.
I read this book when it first was published and even though it's been nearly 40 years, the stories and how they intertwine still hold together.
When this book was written in1978, it appeared as a serialization in a San Francisco newspaper. It eventually became a miniseries on TV, and several subsequent volumes were written to keep the characters alive. I found myself loving this book, for it spoke about a time in my life when I was a young mom, not yet 30, and the state of the world I inhabited. Suburban Chicago was much different than "cosmopolitan" San Francisco. And yet, I identified with the struggle each character met as they tried to figure out how they fit into the world as it existed. As a period piece, this novel excels. The author takes an assortment of gay, straight, young, older, socialite, emerging characters and weaves them together via a boarding house and its matriarch (who gives each new resident a token 'toke' made from marijuana she cultivates in her garden). I waxed nostalgic throughout the book's references to Tab cola, Earth Shoes, Ford Falcons, MacArthur Park, and countless others. I liked this book so much I ordered the sequel from Amazon; the Omaha Public Library doesn't carry it. I plan to read my way they the 6 book series and the author's more recent works.
Pretty much just a poor man's Confederacy Of Dunces.
A comedy about the tenants of an apartment building in pre-AIDs San Franscisco. Dated but captures the 1970s West Coast culture and emerging middle class character of bohemian life.
Such a great read I couldn't put it down. The author has a great writing style and keeps the reader engaged. All of the characters were written fantastically and made you that much more interested in their lives.
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