Michael Tolliver Lives

Michael Tolliver Lives[Reading] ➿ Michael Tolliver Lives By Armistead Maupin – Oaklandjobs.co.uk Michael Tolliver, the sweet spirited Southerner in Armistead Maupin s classic Tales of the City series, is arguably one of the most widely loved characters in contemporary fiction Now, almost twenty y Michael Tolliver, the sweet spirited Southerner in Armistead Maupin s classic Tales of the City series, is arguably one of the most widely loved characters in contemporary fiction Now, almost twenty years after ending his ground breaking saga of San Francisco life, Maupin revisits his all too human hero, letting the fifty five year old gardener tell his story in his own voice Having survived the plague that took so many of his friends and lovers, Michael has learned to embrace the random pleasures of life, the tender alliances that sustain him in the hardest Michael Tolliver Kindle - of times Michael Tolliver Lives follows its protagonist as he finds love with a younger man, attends to his dying fundamentalist mother in Florida, and finally reaffirms his allegiance to a wise octogenarian who was once his landlady Though this is a stand alone novel accessible to fans of Tales of the City and new readers alike a reassuring number of familiar faces appear along the way As usual, the author s mordant wit and ear for pitch perfect dialogue serve every aspect of the story from the bawdy to the bittersweet Michael Tolliver Lives is a novel about the act of growing older joyfully and the everyday miracles that somehow make that possible. So perhaps this is not number 7 of the series The writer certainly says it isn t The novel concentrates solely on one member of that memorable crew of Bay Area misfits, the Sex and the City of Gay ol San Francisco Michael Tolliver, the enigmatic and likable resident gay who is rather long in the tooth by now and issettled in his ways ironically, this one has the most explicit several page sex scene of em all I miss the others the confetti like Tales 1 6 had strands of plots all ran So perhaps this is not number 7 of the series The writer certainly says it isn t The novel concentrates solely on one member of that memorable crew of Bay Area misfits, the Sex and the City of Gay ol San Francisco Michael Tolliver, the enigmatic and likable resident gay who is rather long in the tooth by now and issettled in his ways ironically, this one has the most explicit several page sex scene of em all I miss the others the confetti like Tales 1 6 had strands of plots all ranging in emotion, from deep pathos to snappy satire The abundance of absurd adventures is what makes them so readable Yeah, it s rather pretty sad to see this dude get capital O ld I was at the library the other day and picked this up from the new books shelf on a whim Reading it totally reminded me why I stopped reading the Tales of the City books after Babycakes As much as I love the original ones, it seems like Armistead Maupin is the West Coast s equivalent of Candice Bushnell Or maybe Sarah Jessica Parker I say that because in the case of SatC, it actually started out being funny and thoughtful and ended up becoming a big ego fest for the central star character A I was at the library the other day and picked this up from the new books shelf on a whim Reading it totally reminded me why I stopped reading the Tales of the City books after Babycakes As much as I love the original ones, it seems like Armistead Maupin is the West Coast s equivalent of Candice Bushnell Or maybe Sarah Jessica Parker I say that because in the case of SatC, it actually started out being funny and thoughtful and ended up becoming a big ego fest for the central star character As SJP s stock as a fashionista and tastemaker I m using quotes because I think she s got pretty questionable taste rose, the focus of the stories becamecentered on her supposedly adorable character and how everybody else thought she was so great Barf It s kind of the same way with TofC it progressively becameabout the supposedly adorable Mouse, rather than the relationships between the characters It also seemed with both narratives, the non autobiographical characters who were interesting and funny and could potentially upstage the author s stand in either got punished or relegated to the sidelines Maupin seems to have a habit of either killing off the funniest, most colorful chracters RIP Beecham Day and Mona Ramsey or turning them into somebody who doesn t resemble the original character at all Laura Linney gets thanked in the credits for this book, so maybe that s why he decides to bring back Mary Ann Singleton from banishment He also creates a younger character who s an homage to Michelle Tea and supposedly a comment on how things have changed since then Good lord is she an annoying cliche of course he has to mention that she wears a Betty Page haircut and sounds less like a sexual provacateur andlike your average student at Mills College There s a coda at the end about her appearing on the Daily Show that was funny simply because it was so ridiculous no way would somebody like that end up getting interviewed by Jon Stewart.Anyhow, I guess reading this book reminded me of how annoyed I was by how the series turned out after the initial three books and characters that really meant a lot to me Dear Mr Maupin,I want to thank you for your book Michael Tolliver Lives It s helped me understand a bitthe journey that lay ahead for me You see, I m a 28 year old gay guy I ve lived through some halcyon days of hedonism and beauty These things may seem shallow, but as your character Mouse understands, there s a lot of depth in that kind of shallowness for a nice Southern boy from a religious family.This last half of my 20 s, though, has greeted me with an unrelenting thickening of Dear Mr Maupin,I want to thank you for your book Michael Tolliver Lives It s helped me understand a bitthe journey that lay ahead for me You see, I m a 28 year old gay guy I ve lived through some halcyon days of hedonism and beauty These things may seem shallow, but as your character Mouse understands, there s a lot of depth in that kind of shallowness for a nice Southern boy from a religious family.This last half of my 20 s, though, has greeted me with an unrelenting thickening of my midsection and thinning of my hair Whereas I was prepared for puberty when it hit because of all the books I had surreptitiously stolen glimpses of in public libraries, I was wholly unprepared for a new adult pubescence, taking me from boyish pupa to the current chrysalus state I m in It s a state of flux Changes are occuring that I thought would never happen to me I haven t been ready to look like the man my genes have predestined me to become Your book that dwells on age and change has helped me get ready And I thank you for that I have a better idea, now, of what is to come I have a better idea of how I can live out my conception of happiness in a body and mind that I haven t even met yet Thank you.Further, thank you for your ealier books, too The PBS miniseries More Tales of the City was my first encounter with gay men When I was a child, I glimpsed, with a pounding heart, a few scenes from that show I still remember the scene with Mouse and Jon, I believe, cavorting under a sheet, and afterwards lying so happily in each others arms At the time, I didn t even know you could show something like that on TV Of course over time I came to know the characters of your books better through reading as well as Netflix So learning about their lives, but in the present time, really moved me Now, I might be a big ole fag, but I don t cry much Michael Tolliver Lives had me balling Thank you for that, too I first read the Tales of the City books when I was in my 20s in Columbus, Ohio in the 1990s I loved the books Such quick, fun reads I was not unfamiliar with the thriving gay community in Columbus, and I don t remember being shocked at anything in the books aside from some of the fun story twists.Now, I live in the San Francisco Bay area and I m in my 50s like Michael, who was in his 20s in the early books and is now 53 I was choosing a book with an LGBT main character for my book bingo I first read the Tales of the City books when I was in my 20s in Columbus, Ohio in the 1990s I loved the books Such quick, fun reads I was not unfamiliar with the thriving gay community in Columbus, and I don t remember being shocked at anything in the books aside from some of the fun story twists.Now, I live in the San Francisco Bay area and I m in my 50s like Michael, who was in his 20s in the early books and is now 53 I was choosing a book with an LGBT main character for my book bingo square, and I came back to Armistead Maupin I was delighted to see there was a newer but still almost 10 years old book in the series This time the graphic sex did take me by surprise for a moment, but I really appreciate that the sex scenes don t take themselves too seriously unlike the last book I read Hey, the nipple toys have arrived from eBay But what this book is really about is much sweeter Like all the Tales books, it s about the family you build, juxtaposed with the family you were born to It s about life in all its ordinary moments of pleasure and sadness, about the curveballs life tosses you, and about how the best people in our lives support us through it all Armistead Maupin narrated the audio book, and it s perfect for the voice of Michael Tolliver right down to the almost indiscernible southern twang Which makes sense, as it s semi autobiographical There s a cool little interview with the author at the end of the audio book.Rounded up to 4 stars Really a 3.5.I read this book, primarily, for two reasons 1 it takes place in San Francisco, my home town, and 2 it matched the criterion for one of my reading challenges being by or about someone who identifies as GLBT At turns raunchy, wry, poignant, and honest, Michael Tolliver Lives was unexpected Initially, I wasn t drawn in by the story or the main character, Michael Tolliver I also found the raunchiness quotient to be excessive However, theI read theI was engaged with Really a 3.5.I read this book, primarily, for two reasons 1 it takes place in San Francisco, my home town, and 2 it matched the criterion for one of my reading challenges being by or about someone who identifies as GLBT At turns raunchy, wry, poignant, and honest, Michael Tolliver Lives was unexpected Initially, I wasn t drawn in by the story or the main character, Michael Tolliver I also found the raunchiness quotient to be excessive However, theI read theI was engaged with the other characters and the story, and the less I was bothered by the raunchy factor which was meant to be in your face Most unexpected were the poignant moments, possibly because much of the story was brash and a bit over the top.The book is part of a series, with recurring characters, that I joined late in the game I wish I had begun at the beginning so that I had the backstory on everyone and their histories Reading Michael Tolliver Lives does make me want to read in order the other titles I read the series when I was way too young, and it basically blew my mind Picture it I was this little Catholic school girl reading about cock rings COCK RINGS, people You can imagine the educational experience this was I credit Maupin s stories with giving me an open mind about all kinds of different lifestyles And an open mind is not a common thing in my little Mayberry town.But I guess I grew up, and sex is no longer this forbidden thing Michael Tolliver Lives doesn t have anything new I read the series when I was way too young, and it basically blew my mind Picture it I was this little Catholic school girl reading about cock rings COCK RINGS, people You can imagine the educational experience this was I credit Maupin s stories with giving me an open mind about all kinds of different lifestyles And an open mind is not a common thing in my little Mayberry town.But I guess I grew up, and sex is no longer this forbidden thing Michael Tolliver Lives doesn t have anything new about it In the opening scene, Michael runs into a guy he once shared a circle jerk with Later, he and his husband decide a certain Mr Johnson would be the perfect candidate for a threesome In both of these, a young Casey would have read excitedly, looking over her shoulder to make sure her mom didn t catch her Now, though, all I notice is the rather contrived dialogue and, well, the overall cheesiness It s all a little too cutesy for me.Although the end was sweet, circle jerks and cock rings just aren t enough any I always liked Mouse Michael in theTales books and was so glad to find him here, thriving despite his HIV positive status that hung over him so dangerously in an earlier era This book could be read alone, I believe, although the events of the past books certainly enrich it This is a muchpersonal and intimate book than the Tales, written in the first person It follows only Michael and not the full cast of characters, although many of them appear during the course of the book I really I always liked Mouse Michael in theTales books and was so glad to find him here, thriving despite his HIV positive status that hung over him so dangerously in an earlier era This book could be read alone, I believe, although the events of the past books certainly enrich it This is a muchpersonal and intimate book than the Tales, written in the first person It follows only Michael and not the full cast of characters, although many of them appear during the course of the book I really enjoyed both Michael s narrative voice and the plot and people around him The book presents a loving non monogamous relationship in a way that is very real and works Even if Michael s voice is occasionally a little wistful, perhaps because of the fact that his significantly younger and negative husband makesuse of that openness, none the less he seems content and finally where he belongs In a content as real, although different from, where he might have been had his lover Jon survived, all those years ago The views of his family and the decisions he makes create a story I will no doubt reread periodically for the pleasure of it From an interview Maupin did with Lambda Book Report, I know he shares my dislike for post gay books True to his preference for gay authors who write gay books, this novel has hot gay male sex characters reflecting on how their relationships with parents, each other, etc are affected by their sexual orientation and a little boy who s probably pre gay The book revisits all the Tales of the City characters we love Maupin is being coy to claim it isn t part of the TOTC series and is as ex From an interview Maupin did with Lambda Book Report, I know he shares my dislike for post gay books True to his preference for gay authors who write gay books, this novel has hot gay male sex characters reflecting on how their relationships with parents, each other, etc are affected by their sexual orientation and a little boy who s probably pre gay The book revisits all the Tales of the City characters we love Maupin is being coy to claim it isn t part of the TOTC series and is as exciting and fast paced as ever I m giving it 4 stars instead of 5 because another new character, who s Michael s new love and onstage a lot, is completely one dimensional doesn t have a single serious flaw He appears to be modeled on Maupin s current partner, who s much younger than he TOTC fans, particularly those of us pushing 50 and older, will be interested to see how the characters are aging I hope I will forever remember Anna Madrigal s best line in this book, which goes something like You don t have to keep up, dear, you just have to keep open The world changes in direct proportion to the number of people willing to be honest about their lives Armistead MaupinThough different from the previous six novels in point of view, structure, and tone at the time of publication Maupin said Michael Tolliver Lives is NOT a sequel to Tales of the Cityand it s certainly not Book 7 in the series most fans still saw it as Book 7 I am one of those even though it is not necessary to have read the previous six novels Michael Tolliver Lives The world changes in direct proportion to the number of people willing to be honest about their lives Armistead MaupinThough different from the previous six novels in point of view, structure, and tone at the time of publication Maupin said Michael Tolliver Lives is NOT a sequel to Tales of the Cityand it s certainly not Book 7 in the series most fans still saw it as Book 7 I am one of those even though it is not necessary to have read the previous six novels Michael Tolliver Lives is also one of my favorites in the series partly because I admit I always had a bit of a crush on the protagonist and because its themes of impermanence, aging, and mortality aremeaningful since I am only a couple of years younger than Michael had he been a real person As I reread it, the book also takes onsignificance because I write this during the world health crisis that has much of the world feeling anxious andaware of human mortality while people shelter in place as the numbers of people ill or dead increase exponentially.I surrendered my youth to the people I feared when I could have been out there loving someone Don t make that mistake yourself Life s too damn short Armistead MaupinMaupin wrote Michael Tolliver Lives almost 18 years after he had apparently ended the series By 2007, 33.2 million people were estimated to be living with HIV and 2.1 million people had died of AIDS San Francisco had been one of the cities hardest hit Also, by 2007, San Francisco was being gentrified and many long time residents fund they could no longer afford to live in the city Michael Tolliver Lives is different from the others in the series in point of view In this book, Michael interacts with the other characters while the previous novels feltlike there was an ensemble cast We therefore get to experience Michael s life as a survivor of HIV and as an aging gay man in a city far different from the one in which he experienced the 1970s and 80s This point of view makes the novelintimate tan the others andrealistic as Michael faces both the distressing realities of aging as well as those filled with grace.Though he occasionally reflects upon the past and his surprise at not having died some twenty years earlier, Michael lives with Ben, a younger man he married when California legalized marriage equality, and embraces the small daily pleasures of life.What largely drives the plot forward, however, is the news that his fundamentalist mother in Florida is gravely ill Though Michael loved her, he knew she had never accepted him as a gay man Michael, however, flies back to Orlando to see her and his brother who also had never accepted Michael s being gay Some time after returning home to San Francisco, his biological mother s hairdresser calls Michael to say his mother is dying Then, just as Michael and his husband prepare to board the plane back to Orlando, Michael receives a call that his chosen mother, Anna Madrigal, age 85, has suffered a heart attack.With that news, Michael Tolliver Lives continues to develop the themes of love, blood, and chosen family.Maupin s seventh novel in the Tales of the City series is both somber and joyous but not as humorous as some of the others In fact, the reader may sometimes tear up However, this novel is as full of love, optimism, and hope as the others and is one I highly recommend Since this is my personal favorite of all the Tales of the City books, it really pisses me off to read all the negative reviews this one has gotten, mainly from peeps who were expecting yet another episodes in the Tales saga Armistead Maupin confounds those expectations by totally going off format it is narrated first person by Michael Mouse Tolliver, and so is a muchsimpler and personal narrative than the other books This is not meant to be a sprawling multi story narrative, it s Since this is my personal favorite of all the Tales of the City books, it really pisses me off to read all the negative reviews this one has gotten, mainly from peeps who were expecting yet another episodes in the Tales saga Armistead Maupin confounds those expectations by totally going off format it is narrated first person by Michael Mouse Tolliver, and so is a muchsimpler and personal narrative than the other books This is not meant to be a sprawling multi story narrative, it s meant to be intimate and personal.The things I found most annoying with the other books are largely absent here Maupin s obsession with the upper classes which borders on outright snobbery, his propensity to reduce real events and problems into soap opera, the sense of humor that threatens to become so precious that it stops being funny, the ridiculous coincidences which puts too many demands on our willing suspension of belief all these are replaced by a sincere personal story about people who have become gone from being iconic types to being authentic people.There are genuine emotions here, I found all the tears and laughter in this book to be well earned

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    This guide aims to show you how to download of familiar faces appear along the way As usual, the author s mordant wit and ear for pitch perfect dialogue serve every aspect of the story from the bawdy to the bittersweet Michael Tolliver Lives is a novel about the act of growing older joyfully and the everyday miracles that somehow make that possible. So perhaps this is not number 7 of the series The writer certainly says it isn t The novel concentrates solely on one member of that memorable crew of Bay Area misfits, the Sex and the City of Gay ol San Francisco Michael Tolliver, the enigmatic and likable resident gay who is rather long in the tooth by now and issettled in his ways ironically, this one has the most explicit several page sex scene of em all I miss the others the confetti like Tales 1 6 had strands of plots all ran So perhaps this is not number 7 of the series The writer certainly says it isn t The novel concentrates solely on one member of that memorable crew of Bay Area misfits, the Sex and the City of Gay ol San Francisco Michael Tolliver, the enigmatic and likable resident gay who is rather long in the tooth by now and issettled in his ways ironically, this one has the most explicit several page sex scene of em all I miss the others the confetti like Tales 1 6 had strands of plots all ranging in emotion, from deep pathos to snappy satire The abundance of absurd adventures is what makes them so readable Yeah, it s rather pretty sad to see this dude get capital O ld I was at the library the other day and picked this up from the new books shelf on a whim Reading it totally reminded me why I stopped reading the Tales of the City books after Babycakes As much as I love the original ones, it seems like Armistead Maupin is the West Coast s equivalent of Candice Bushnell Or maybe Sarah Jessica Parker I say that because in the case of SatC, it actually started out being funny and thoughtful and ended up becoming a big ego fest for the central star character A I was at the library the other day and picked this up from the new books shelf on a whim Reading it totally reminded me why I stopped reading the Tales of the City books after Babycakes As much as I love the original ones, it seems like Armistead Maupin is the West Coast s equivalent of Candice Bushnell Or maybe Sarah Jessica Parker I say that because in the case of SatC, it actually started out being funny and thoughtful and ended up becoming a big ego fest for the central star character As SJP s stock as a fashionista and tastemaker I m using quotes because I think she s got pretty questionable taste rose, the focus of the stories becamecentered on her supposedly adorable character and how everybody else thought she was so great Barf It s kind of the same way with TofC it progressively becameabout the supposedly adorable Mouse, rather than the relationships between the characters It also seemed with both narratives, the non autobiographical characters who were interesting and funny and could potentially upstage the author s stand in either got punished or relegated to the sidelines Maupin seems to have a habit of either killing off the funniest, most colorful chracters RIP Beecham Day and Mona Ramsey or turning them into somebody who doesn t resemble the original character at all Laura Linney gets thanked in the credits for this book, so maybe that s why he decides to bring back Mary Ann Singleton from banishment He also creates a younger character who s an homage to Michelle Tea and supposedly a comment on how things have changed since then Good lord is she an annoying cliche of course he has to mention that she wears a Betty Page haircut and sounds less like a sexual provacateur andlike your average student at Mills College There s a coda at the end about her appearing on the Daily Show that was funny simply because it was so ridiculous no way would somebody like that end up getting interviewed by Jon Stewart.Anyhow, I guess reading this book reminded me of how annoyed I was by how the series turned out after the initial three books and characters that really meant a lot to me Dear Mr Maupin,I want to thank you for your book Michael Tolliver Lives It s helped me understand a bitthe journey that lay ahead for me You see, I m a 28 year old gay guy I ve lived through some halcyon days of hedonism and beauty These things may seem shallow, but as your character Mouse understands, there s a lot of depth in that kind of shallowness for a nice Southern boy from a religious family.This last half of my 20 s, though, has greeted me with an unrelenting thickening of Dear Mr Maupin,I want to thank you for your book Michael Tolliver Lives It s helped me understand a bitthe journey that lay ahead for me You see, I m a 28 year old gay guy I ve lived through some halcyon days of hedonism and beauty These things may seem shallow, but as your character Mouse understands, there s a lot of depth in that kind of shallowness for a nice Southern boy from a religious family.This last half of my 20 s, though, has greeted me with an unrelenting thickening of my midsection and thinning of my hair Whereas I was prepared for puberty when it hit because of all the books I had surreptitiously stolen glimpses of in public libraries, I was wholly unprepared for a new adult pubescence, taking me from boyish pupa to the current chrysalus state I m in It s a state of flux Changes are occuring that I thought would never happen to me I haven t been ready to look like the man my genes have predestined me to become Your book that dwells on age and change has helped me get ready And I thank you for that I have a better idea, now, of what is to come I have a better idea of how I can live out my conception of happiness in a body and mind that I haven t even met yet Thank you.Further, thank you for your ealier books, too The PBS miniseries More Tales of the City was my first encounter with gay men When I was a child, I glimpsed, with a pounding heart, a few scenes from that show I still remember the scene with Mouse and Jon, I believe, cavorting under a sheet, and afterwards lying so happily in each others arms At the time, I didn t even know you could show something like that on TV Of course over time I came to know the characters of your books better through reading as well as Netflix So learning about their lives, but in the present time, really moved me Now, I might be a big ole fag, but I don t cry much Michael Tolliver Lives had me balling Thank you for that, too I first read the Tales of the City books when I was in my 20s in Columbus, Ohio in the 1990s I loved the books Such quick, fun reads I was not unfamiliar with the thriving gay community in Columbus, and I don t remember being shocked at anything in the books aside from some of the fun story twists.Now, I live in the San Francisco Bay area and I m in my 50s like Michael, who was in his 20s in the early books and is now 53 I was choosing a book with an LGBT main character for my book bingo I first read the Tales of the City books when I was in my 20s in Columbus, Ohio in the 1990s I loved the books Such quick, fun reads I was not unfamiliar with the thriving gay community in Columbus, and I don t remember being shocked at anything in the books aside from some of the fun story twists.Now, I live in the San Francisco Bay area and I m in my 50s like Michael, who was in his 20s in the early books and is now 53 I was choosing a book with an LGBT main character for my book bingo square, and I came back to Armistead Maupin I was delighted to see there was a newer but still almost 10 years old book in the series This time the graphic sex did take me by surprise for a moment, but I really appreciate that the sex scenes don t take themselves too seriously unlike the last book I read Hey, the nipple toys have arrived from eBay But what this book is really about is much sweeter Like all the Tales books, it s about the family you build, juxtaposed with the family you were born to It s about life in all its ordinary moments of pleasure and sadness, about the curveballs life tosses you, and about how the best people in our lives support us through it all Armistead Maupin narrated the audio book, and it s perfect for the voice of Michael Tolliver right down to the almost indiscernible southern twang Which makes sense, as it s semi autobiographical There s a cool little interview with the author at the end of the audio book.Rounded up to 4 stars Really a 3.5.I read this book, primarily, for two reasons 1 it takes place in San Francisco, my home town, and 2 it matched the criterion for one of my reading challenges being by or about someone who identifies as GLBT At turns raunchy, wry, poignant, and honest, Michael Tolliver Lives was unexpected Initially, I wasn t drawn in by the story or the main character, Michael Tolliver I also found the raunchiness quotient to be excessive However, theI read theI was engaged with Really a 3.5.I read this book, primarily, for two reasons 1 it takes place in San Francisco, my home town, and 2 it matched the criterion for one of my reading challenges being by or about someone who identifies as GLBT At turns raunchy, wry, poignant, and honest, Michael Tolliver Lives was unexpected Initially, I wasn t drawn in by the story or the main character, Michael Tolliver I also found the raunchiness quotient to be excessive However, theI read theI was engaged with the other characters and the story, and the less I was bothered by the raunchy factor which was meant to be in your face Most unexpected were the poignant moments, possibly because much of the story was brash and a bit over the top.The book is part of a series, with recurring characters, that I joined late in the game I wish I had begun at the beginning so that I had the backstory on everyone and their histories Reading Michael Tolliver Lives does make me want to read in order the other titles I read the series when I was way too young, and it basically blew my mind Picture it I was this little Catholic school girl reading about cock rings COCK RINGS, people You can imagine the educational experience this was I credit Maupin s stories with giving me an open mind about all kinds of different lifestyles And an open mind is not a common thing in my little Mayberry town.But I guess I grew up, and sex is no longer this forbidden thing Michael Tolliver Lives doesn t have anything new I read the series when I was way too young, and it basically blew my mind Picture it I was this little Catholic school girl reading about cock rings COCK RINGS, people You can imagine the educational experience this was I credit Maupin s stories with giving me an open mind about all kinds of different lifestyles And an open mind is not a common thing in my little Mayberry town.But I guess I grew up, and sex is no longer this forbidden thing Michael Tolliver Lives doesn t have anything new about it In the opening scene, Michael runs into a guy he once shared a circle jerk with Later, he and his husband decide a certain Mr Johnson would be the perfect candidate for a threesome In both of these, a young Casey would have read excitedly, looking over her shoulder to make sure her mom didn t catch her Now, though, all I notice is the rather contrived dialogue and, well, the overall cheesiness It s all a little too cutesy for me.Although the end was sweet, circle jerks and cock rings just aren t enough any I always liked Mouse Michael in theTales books and was so glad to find him here, thriving despite his HIV positive status that hung over him so dangerously in an earlier era This book could be read alone, I believe, although the events of the past books certainly enrich it This is a muchpersonal and intimate book than the Tales, written in the first person It follows only Michael and not the full cast of characters, although many of them appear during the course of the book I really I always liked Mouse Michael in theTales books and was so glad to find him here, thriving despite his HIV positive status that hung over him so dangerously in an earlier era This book could be read alone, I believe, although the events of the past books certainly enrich it This is a muchpersonal and intimate book than the Tales, written in the first person It follows only Michael and not the full cast of characters, although many of them appear during the course of the book I really enjoyed both Michael s narrative voice and the plot and people around him The book presents a loving non monogamous relationship in a way that is very real and works Even if Michael s voice is occasionally a little wistful, perhaps because of the fact that his significantly younger and negative husband makesuse of that openness, none the less he seems content and finally where he belongs In a content as real, although different from, where he might have been had his lover Jon survived, all those years ago The views of his family and the decisions he makes create a story I will no doubt reread periodically for the pleasure of it From an interview Maupin did with Lambda Book Report, I know he shares my dislike for post gay books True to his preference for gay authors who write gay books, this novel has hot gay male sex characters reflecting on how their relationships with parents, each other, etc are affected by their sexual orientation and a little boy who s probably pre gay The book revisits all the Tales of the City characters we love Maupin is being coy to claim it isn t part of the TOTC series and is as ex From an interview Maupin did with Lambda Book Report, I know he shares my dislike for post gay books True to his preference for gay authors who write gay books, this novel has hot gay male sex characters reflecting on how their relationships with parents, each other, etc are affected by their sexual orientation and a little boy who s probably pre gay The book revisits all the Tales of the City characters we love Maupin is being coy to claim it isn t part of the TOTC series and is as exciting and fast paced as ever I m giving it 4 stars instead of 5 because another new character, who s Michael s new love and onstage a lot, is completely one dimensional doesn t have a single serious flaw He appears to be modeled on Maupin s current partner, who s much younger than he TOTC fans, particularly those of us pushing 50 and older, will be interested to see how the characters are aging I hope I will forever remember Anna Madrigal s best line in this book, which goes something like You don t have to keep up, dear, you just have to keep open The world changes in direct proportion to the number of people willing to be honest about their lives Armistead MaupinThough different from the previous six novels in point of view, structure, and tone at the time of publication Maupin said Michael Tolliver Lives is NOT a sequel to Tales of the Cityand it s certainly not Book 7 in the series most fans still saw it as Book 7 I am one of those even though it is not necessary to have read the previous six novels Michael Tolliver Lives The world changes in direct proportion to the number of people willing to be honest about their lives Armistead MaupinThough different from the previous six novels in point of view, structure, and tone at the time of publication Maupin said Michael Tolliver Lives is NOT a sequel to Tales of the Cityand it s certainly not Book 7 in the series most fans still saw it as Book 7 I am one of those even though it is not necessary to have read the previous six novels Michael Tolliver Lives is also one of my favorites in the series partly because I admit I always had a bit of a crush on the protagonist and because its themes of impermanence, aging, and mortality aremeaningful since I am only a couple of years younger than Michael had he been a real person As I reread it, the book also takes onsignificance because I write this during the world health crisis that has much of the world feeling anxious andaware of human mortality while people shelter in place as the numbers of people ill or dead increase exponentially.I surrendered my youth to the people I feared when I could have been out there loving someone Don t make that mistake yourself Life s too damn short Armistead MaupinMaupin wrote Michael Tolliver Lives almost 18 years after he had apparently ended the series By 2007, 33.2 million people were estimated to be living with HIV and 2.1 million people had died of AIDS San Francisco had been one of the cities hardest hit Also, by 2007, San Francisco was being gentrified and many long time residents fund they could no longer afford to live in the city Michael Tolliver Lives is different from the others in the series in point of view In this book, Michael interacts with the other characters while the previous novels feltlike there was an ensemble cast We therefore get to experience Michael s life as a survivor of HIV and as an aging gay man in a city far different from the one in which he experienced the 1970s and 80s This point of view makes the novelintimate tan the others andrealistic as Michael faces both the distressing realities of aging as well as those filled with grace.Though he occasionally reflects upon the past and his surprise at not having died some twenty years earlier, Michael lives with Ben, a younger man he married when California legalized marriage equality, and embraces the small daily pleasures of life.What largely drives the plot forward, however, is the news that his fundamentalist mother in Florida is gravely ill Though Michael loved her, he knew she had never accepted him as a gay man Michael, however, flies back to Orlando to see her and his brother who also had never accepted Michael s being gay Some time after returning home to San Francisco, his biological mother s hairdresser calls Michael to say his mother is dying Then, just as Michael and his husband prepare to board the plane back to Orlando, Michael receives a call that his chosen mother, Anna Madrigal, age 85, has suffered a heart attack.With that news, Michael Tolliver Lives continues to develop the themes of love, blood, and chosen family.Maupin s seventh novel in the Tales of the City series is both somber and joyous but not as humorous as some of the others In fact, the reader may sometimes tear up However, this novel is as full of love, optimism, and hope as the others and is one I highly recommend Since this is my personal favorite of all the Tales of the City books, it really pisses me off to read all the negative reviews this one has gotten, mainly from peeps who were expecting yet another episodes in the Tales saga Armistead Maupin confounds those expectations by totally going off format it is narrated first person by Michael Mouse Tolliver, and so is a muchsimpler and personal narrative than the other books This is not meant to be a sprawling multi story narrative, it s Since this is my personal favorite of all the Tales of the City books, it really pisses me off to read all the negative reviews this one has gotten, mainly from peeps who were expecting yet another episodes in the Tales saga Armistead Maupin confounds those expectations by totally going off format it is narrated first person by Michael Mouse Tolliver, and so is a muchsimpler and personal narrative than the other books This is not meant to be a sprawling multi story narrative, it s meant to be intimate and personal.The things I found most annoying with the other books are largely absent here Maupin s obsession with the upper classes which borders on outright snobbery, his propensity to reduce real events and problems into soap opera, the sense of humor that threatens to become so precious that it stops being funny, the ridiculous coincidences which puts too many demands on our willing suspension of belief all these are replaced by a sincere personal story about people who have become gone from being iconic types to being authentic people.There are genuine emotions here, I found all the tears and laughter in this book to be well earned "/>
  • Hardcover
  • 277 pages
  • Michael Tolliver Lives
  • Armistead Maupin
  • English
  • 08 September 2018
  • 0060761350