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21 janvier 2014 Tales of the City

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.


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Revue de presse

“Wonderful … Maupin’s last novel in the (Tales of the City) series is as compulsively readable and endearing as all the previous novels have been.” (Booklist (starred review))

“Maupin spins his usual good-hearted web of intrigues involving people who have created their own communities.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“The ninth Tales of the City installment is Maupin’s farewell to his beloved cast of characters … Maupin’s flare for dialogue and fully realized contemporary characterizations is again on display … this installment is a memorable, satisfying capstone to his series.” (Publishers Weekly)

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Now ninety-two, Anna Madrigal, the transgender landlady of 28 Barbary Lane, 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.

But some members of Anna's family are hitting the road, bound for Burning Man, the art community in Nevada's Black Rock Desert. Anna herself has another Nevada destination in mind: a lonely stretch of road outside of Winnemucca where the sixteen-year-old boy she once was ran away from the whorehouse he called home. She journeys into the dusty, troubled heart of her Depression-era childhood to unearth a lifetime of secrets and dreams, and to attend to unfinished business she has long avoided.

The Days of Anna Madrigal is the triumphant resolution to a saga of urban family life that has enchanted and enlightened readers around the world since 1976.


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  • Broché: 368 pages
  • Editeur : HarperLuxe; Édition : Lgr (21 janvier 2014)
  • Collection : Tales of the City
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0062298720
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062298720
  • Dimensions du produit: 23,1 x 15,2 x 2,1 cm
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 ENDEARING, ENCHANTING, UNFORGETTABLE 1 mars 2014
Par Gail Cooke TOP 1000 COMMENTATEURS
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Anyone remember the 1970s when Armistead Maupin raised eyebrows and temperatures with his newspaper serial? We were introduced to an over-the-top cast of folks at Barbary Lane and the now lauded transgender landlady Anna Madrigal. Who thought, perhaps Maupin least of all, that this serial would become an internationally loved, bestselling series of eight books and a Peabody Award winning miniseries?

Today Maupin has taken us back to San Francisco in the ninth and final novel in his series - it is frosting on the cake. Anna is now 92-years-old, fragile but as plucky as ever. She’s also a realist and determined to “Leave like a lady.” Well, leave she may but she will forever be an important part of American popular literature.

In the latest story she is looked after by her much younger roommate Jake Greenleaf, the transgender gardener. Maupin reveals Anna’s early life in several chapters - back to the time when she was a boy named Andy in the 1930s. The author also brings back other characters so readers can have a last look at where they are today. There is Brian Hawkins, a former tenant who is now 67 and remarried to Wren a 50-some former plus-sized model. Shawna, Brian’s daughter, who is single, wants to have aa child and is in search of a sperm donor. As this is done it might be helpful if readers were familiar with earlier books, but whether or not it is a joyous and satisfying ride.

The Days of Ana Madrigal is an endearing story, rich with reconciliations, love, and a reminder of the unforgettable characters created by Armistead Maupin.

- Gail Cooke
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Final Novel in the Series That Has Meant So Much to So Many 22 octobre 2013
Par H. F. Corbin - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I remember picking up a copy of TALES OF THE CITY way back in 1978 at a local bookstore. It was love at first sight and it has never wavered. Waiting for the next in the series is one of the joys of being alive. Now we have what is being called the last novel in the series THE DAYS OF ANNA MADRIGAL, perhaps the most beloved of all of Armistead Maupin's many lovable characters. And we are reminded, a little sadly, that nothing lasts forever. The orange and black Monarch butterfly does not flutter its beautiful wings for long.

Besides Mrs. Madrigal, the characters who over the years have become as real to us as our own friends and family are back again: chiefly Brian, Michael, Mary Ann and Shawna. Of course Mr. Maupin adds other characters, Lasko, Margaret, Wren (sort of) et al. Without giving away too much of the plot, Mrs. Madrigal (we finally find out where she got her name) has unfinished business; and time is not on her side. After all, she is now 92, in frail health and smokes medical marijuana rather than the delicious pot she used to grow herself. By the way, she finds it tiresome being told that she is immortal. And all these characters make their way to Nevada, some to a Burning Man event, while Mrs. Madrigal and others travel to the place where she lived until she ran away at 16, Winnemucca.

Mr. Maupin has not lost his touch. All the elements we have come to expect of his story-telling are here. The story is always a little quirky, just off-center with enough surprises to keep us guessing but always firmly set in the here and now, mirroring the times. We are then not surprised that characters are on FaceBook, they google, they use Craigslist, they navigate with a GPS, they travel in Rvs, they use You Tube. He can completely bring characters to life with telling us only a thing or two about them. I'm thinking now of Brian's mother, "the Irish housewife from Harrisburg who collected spoons from every state." Without being didactic Maupin reminds us that he is a liberal and certainly for gay rights. As Brian reminds us: "We invade a country, bomb the s*** out of it, kill hundreds of thousands of people, and we still don't have the decency to say its name right." And the novel deals head-on with gay teenagers and unsympathetic parents. Finally amid the humor that makes us smile (Shawna is afraid that another character will say "Namaste" and is relieved when he doesn't), Mr. Maupin interjects something totally profound and beautiful about the way life is: Mrs. Madrigal opines that you cannot be loved by someone who does not want to know you. Michael reminds us that "Teenagers rage against the end of childhood, old people against the end of everything. Instability was a permanent condition that adapted with the times." And even more importantly, "It occurred to Michael that this was the great perk of being loved, someone to wait for you, someone to tell you that it will get easier up ahead. Even when it might not be true." Finally as Mr. Maupin has shown his grateful readers in many languages in each of the eight previous TALES OF THE CITY series, the LGBT community makes its own family.

At one point in this novel that I did not want to end, Mrs. Madrigal takes Brian by the hand and says: "'I wish we were all back at Barbary Lane. Just for an hour or two. The whole family. Sitting in the garden and telling our stories.'" I do too.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Maupin's characters visit/revisit Nevada 23 octobre 2013
Par Stephen O. Murray - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Though bringing back (for the third time since the first ending of the chronicle) characters from "Tales of the City" in Sure of You (Tales of the City Series, V. 6)in 1989, the cover of "The Days of Anna Madrigal" (showing a view from San Francisco of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge) seems misleading to me. Almost the whole novel is set in Nevada, at a contemporary Burning Man Festival and Winnemucca, the town with legalized prostitution to which the now 92-year-old Anna Madrigal returns, where she grew up as a boy named Andy, the son of the Blue Moon bordello owner. A substantial -- and for me, the best -- part of the book takes place in 1936 Winnemucca, where Andy was smitten by a swarthy and masculine Basque classmate called Lasko, while confused about feeling he was really a girl (in a boy's body).

Andy surgically altered decades ago into Anna is far from being the only transgendered character in the novel, though for me she is the only interesting one. Former compulsive womanizer Brian is back with a plump new wife with the incongruous name of Wren. They take Mrs. Madrigal to Winnemucca in Brian's RV. Brian's daughter, Shawna, is at the Burning Festival, shopping for a sperm donor. The now-62-year-old Michael ("Mouse") Tolliver, who practically coparented her is at Burning Man with his much-younger husband Ben, feeling shivers of mortality even more than Mrs. Madrigal is. A redeemed Mary-Ann (Brian's ex-wife, Michael's best friend when they moved from Cleveland to San Francisco once upon a time) is also on hand, though the most interesting new (to readers) characters are Lasko and Margaret (who did much to raise Andy as a daughter) from 1936.

Though there is no particular closing of the saga within the novel, and I suspect that I would enjoy a tenth installment in a few years, this one is purportedly the ninth and final novel in what began in 1976 as a newspaper (San Francisco Chronicle) serial. If Maupin is trying his wings as a historical novelist, I think he is ready. There is lots of topical (2012) stuff in the novel, but it is the flight back to the past that flies IMHO, and I think that Maupin was right to make Mrs. Madrigal the title character. Among many other things, the reader learns that the accent should be on the second syllable (DREE).

There is so much rehashing of what was chronicled in earlier volumes, that someone who has not read the previous eight installments could probably make sense of and enjoy this one. Those of us who have read them can do with reminders, I think, so this is not a significant drawback.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Catching Up With Old Friends...But Maupin's Writing Has Changed 14 novembre 2013
Par M. Donnelly - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I have loved Anna and the kids of 28 Barbary Lane for decades. I remember eagerly awaiting the San Francisco Chronicle when the stories first came out. They were serialized, and people awaited the next installment to see what happened next. Thus, when you look upon the first books, the chapters were short--say, the length of a newspaper column--and they teased and tantalized you so you'd want to read more.

Of course, those days are long past. And for many years, we all thought we would never hear from Anna Madrigal, Mouse, Mary Ann and Brian ever again. But with Michael Tolliver Lives, then Mary Ann in Autumn (Tales of the City) and now The Days of Anna Madrigal, we can be with our old friends again.

While I loved the continuation of the story, I found that in the last two books, Maupin shifted from story line to character line. Gone were the twists and turns of old; in fact, while there were some plot twists, they seemed disjointed and flat. And in this book in particular, we got a deep history of Anna's life, but we never seemed to get into her head. We lived her past, but didn't hear or feel what was happening with her, in the now. I felt like even though this book was about Anna, she was almost absent from the story.

This feeling translated to the other characters as well. Brian and Mary Ann took back stage. Even though Brian had a major event in his life, we never got close to what he was thinking or feeling, just what he was DOING.

I felt like Maupin was observing his characters instead of speaking for him. I'm hoping that if Maupin writes another in this series, he can get back to his storytelling at its best...when he lets us into their heads and weaves them into our hearts.

I can't tell Maupin fans to NOT read this book. I still enjoyed it. But I feel like Maupin isn't as attached to these wonderful characters as he once was.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The last? Say it ain't so. 27 octobre 2013
Par I. Sondel - Publié sur Amazon.com
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It's funny how things work out. I share a place with my sister (we are the proverbial Baldwin sisters, she a widow, me a spinster). She flew to the left coast for a reunion with friends and I stayed home only to be reunited with my Barbary Lane friends. I am not a quick reader, I tend to savour, doubly true in this instance. I don't look at these books as independent volumes, but rather additional chapters in the same story. Maupin has said this is the last in the series. I hope not. Sinatra announced his retirement how many times? Who knows, maybe in ten years he'll desire yet another visit.

So, what's the verdict on The Days of Anna Madrigal? I loved it. All our friends both old and new are represented. However, my favourite part of this novel was learning about Andy Ramsey as a boy. Set in Winnemucca in 1936 it is a heartfelt, emotionally engaging coming-of-age tale. The ending was especially moving, simply executed and spiritually liberating for this reader - and not at all what I thought it would be. Oh sure, some of the story felt predictable (I thought I might go all Annie Wilkes at one point) and Armistead has always been rather free with a coinkydink - but we lovers of Tales of the City are comfortable with and accepting of these traits. Besides, coinkydinks happen. Why only last week I was writing about Mr. Tumnus and researching fauns and satyrs, and presto: a faun appears in these pages. Ah, serendipity.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Growing Older and Hopefully Wiser with Anna Madrigal 8 novembre 2013
Par George I. Greene - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I was first introduced to Tales of the City by my late friend Daniel. We were both from Cleveland, so it brought smirks to our faces. Instead of the west coast, we went east to NYC. He died from AIDS shortly after my daughter was born in 1990. I miss him very much.

It is hard to review this book because of the twist and turns in the plot. I do not wish to spoil anything for the fans and perhaps new fans of this series. Let me just say that I found it pleasing though in spots the prose was a bit rough. The plotline concerning Anna was the most satisfying. We learn her his-story which predates her hers-story. One may even say that one finds the source of her compassion which is felt throughout the entire series.

In a way, this book filled a private need for me since the passing of my friend. Through this book, I was allowed to see him through the character of Mouse grow old with both some insecurities and some wisdom. I had the chance to see how my friend might have lived his life. For that, I am grateful. It allowed me to hear chats that I miss so very much when I think of him. My friend Daniel, frenetic, never a loss for words, would have chortled, yes, chortled with these comments. He was just that way.
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