I totally enjoyed this one and already ordered the next 3 in the series (found them here, of course). These are tales of San Francisco in its hey-day. Lives overlap and intertwine. Short "segments" make for a fast read. Fun and fast, with interesting characters. Some nice, some not so nice, but all with their own story. I wish I had seen the PBS mini-series. I want to live at 28 Barbary Lane and meet Anna Madrigal and the other tenants.
A fun read with many interesting characters
this is the first book in a series of about 5 books. the author lives and works in San Franscico and the book comes from his daily column in the local newspaper.
if you are a child of the '70's and you are not easily offended by pot smoking,gays and lesbians and just plain funny stuff...then read this book and then the rest of the series
This was my first glimpse at life in San Francisco - years before I ever dreamed I'd be living here one day. Warm and funny, tongue in cheek, witty and biting - a deliciously good read! About making the friends of a lifetime, following your dreams, and figuring out what your dreams are in the first place. Read it!
I used to watch the PBS series. Very liberal and very San Francisco, I love this stuff.
Took me a little bit to get into, but was a complete page turner as soon as I did. The short chapters were also a plus, because I'm always reading on the go and like being able to stop quickly.
Good book. Very interesting about San Francisco in the '70s. A great cast of characters. Would love to watch the TV miniseries.
I grew up in San Francisco and I got a kick out of reading about how different it was in the aftermath of the Summer of Love but before AIDS...but some things never change...the Marina Safeway is still considered "Singles Safeway," Baker Beach is still clothing optional, and the Buena Vista is still serving their signature Irish Coffees.
I loved it...a great story that opens your eyes to the eccentricities of life in San Francisco
a group of small stories, all interrelated and very relaxing to read. a quick read. i'm going to continue reading the rest of the series.
I liked the way the character's lives all intertwine. The chapters are short and easy to read. Very humorous.
The first of six novels about life in the city at apartment house 28 Barbary lane. A book of humor.
A friend of a friend recommended this book--in fact, he bought it for me, he was so sure I'd love it. Even though it's dated, I felt that the story and the characters were so contemporary. (despite the fact that it's set in San Fran, circa 1970, when AIDs was just becoming an issue.) Unputdownable... I'm totally hooked and want to read the remainder in the series.
FRankly I found this book pretty boring. Maybe someone else will appreciate it.
So fun to read this book, brought back memories of having been there, done that!!
Odd book, odder than I expected.
Great characters that you will fall in love with. If you came of age in the 70's this is a must read for you.
This is a great and entertaining series.
I picked this up at the thrift store, along with Volume 3, but I already have a copy of this one waiting to be read.
this is the first book in a wonderful series of books about interesting charachters set in San Francisco. these stories were originally a column in the local paper which developed into the books and then a series on PBS. you will get hooked but must be a liberal thinking person because of some of the abtics and lifestyles talked about. i have the entire series and not giving them away...LOL
Funny, crazy, an easy read that'll give you nostalgia for times past.
First volume (in the series of 6) later made into a miniseries on PBS's "American Playhouse".
I enjoyed this when I first encountered this series; many years ago.
I love this book! The pace is good, it's a quick easy read and the characters are so interesting. I can't wait to get the rest of the books in this series!
I also recommend seeing the PBS miniseries based on this book. I saw that first and fell in love with the story, thus wanting to read the book it was based on....
Nice international fiction.
I didnt find this to be the classic I was expecting. A little sophomoric instead. Too much Peyton Place!
A classic, pretty tame by today's standards.
Did not read, but enjoyed by a friend.