Maybe the Moon

Maybe the Moon Maybe the Moon Armistead Maupin s first novel since ending his bestselling Tales of the City series is the audaciously original chronicle of Cadence Roth Hollywood actress singer iconoclast and fo

  • Title: Maybe the Moon
  • Author: Armistead Maupin
  • ISBN: 9780060924348
  • Page: 304
  • Format: Paperback
  • Maybe the Moon, Armistead Maupin s first novel since ending his bestselling Tales of the City series, is the audaciously original chronicle of Cadence Roth Hollywood actress, singer, iconoclast and former Guiness Book record holder as the world s shortest woman All of 31 inches tall, Cady is a true survivor in a town where as she says you can die of encouragemenMaybe the Moon, Armistead Maupin s first novel since ending his bestselling Tales of the City series, is the audaciously original chronicle of Cadence Roth Hollywood actress, singer, iconoclast and former Guiness Book record holder as the world s shortest woman All of 31 inches tall, Cady is a true survivor in a town where as she says you can die of encouragement Her early starring role as a lovable elf in an immensely popular American film proved a major disappointment, since moviegoers never saw the face behind the stifling rubber suit she was required to wear Now, after a decade of hollow promises from the Industry, she is reduced to performing at birthday parties and bat mitzvahs as she waits for the miracle that will finally make her a star.In a series of mordantly funny journal entries, Maupin tracks his spunky heroine across the saffron hazed wasteland of Los Angeles from her all too infrequent meetings with agents and studio moguls to her regular harrowing encounters with small children, large dogs and human ignorance Then one day a lanky piano player saunters into Cady s life, unleashing heady new emotions, and she finds herself going for broke, shooting the moon with a scheme so harebrained and daring that it just might succeed Her accomplice in the venture is her best friend, Jeff, a gay waiter who sees Cady s struggle for visibility as a natural extension of his own war against the Hollywood Closet.As clear eyed as it is charming, Maybe the Moon is a modern parable about the mythology of the movies and the toll it exacts from it participants on both sides of the screen It is a work that speaks to the resilience of the human spirit from a perspective rarely found in literature.

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      Armistead Maupin

    About Author

    1. Armistead Maupin was born in Washington, D.C in 1944 but grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina A graduate of the University of North Carolina, he served as a naval officer in the Mediterranean and with the River Patrol Force in Vietnam Maupin worked as a reporter for a newspaper in Charleston, South Carolina, before being assigned to the San Francisco bureau of the Associated Press in 1971 In 1976 he launched his groundbreaking Tales of the City serial in the San Francisco Chronicle Maupin is the author of nine novels, including the six volume Tales of the City series, Maybe the Moon, The Night Listener and, most recently, Michael Tolliver Lives Three miniseries starring Olympia Dukakis and Laura Linney were made from the first three Tales novels The Night Listener became a feature film starring Robin Williams and Toni Collette He is currently writing a musical version of Tales of the City with Jason Sellards aka Jake Shears and John Garden aka JJ of the disco and glam rock inspired pop group Scissor Sisters Tales will be directed by Jason Moore Avenue Q and Shrek.Maupin lives in San Francisco with his husband, Christopher Turner.

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    1. The stage manager s brow creased ever so slightly, so I added I need somebodyyou know I widened my eyes and left the sentence unfinished as if to suggest that the stage manager could easily imagine the sort of personal, unmentionable services a person like me might require Right , he said, nodding, not really wanting to know Having finished Maybe the Moon I am left with a gaping hole.A vast nothingness.Thus preventing me from starting any new novel any time soon short stories are fine because yo [...]


    2. I ve been curious about this author, so when the book ended up on my apartment building s share table I picked it up My honest reaction was that every character was a total stereotype feisty, wryly humorous dwarf, ditzy blonde roommate, gay best friend, vicious agent, self loathing closeted gay young actor, gorgeous and nice love interest Reading the reviews here, though, and learning that Cadence Roth, the main character, was based on a close friend of Maupin s, an actress whose best known role [...]


    3. A rare treat, Maupin s homage to his funny friend, the dwarf who s greatest acting job was inside the ET costume If you can lay your hands on a copy of this, you won t be disappointed Maupin crafted a simple story based on his friend s life and her desire to be taken as a serious actress and desperately yearning for love and a life beyond the famed anonymity of having played one of the most endearing film characters ever created.



    4. I came across this book in the collection of a friend who had stocked her books with us temporarily It tore me to shreds It is an incredibly moving story that held me entranced from the very start I would recommend it to anyone who has ever felt an outsider at one time or another A marvellous book.


    5. The idea of this tiny, ambitious, infuriating, lovable woman who is both enslaved and ennobled by an icon of popular culture is one that seems completely fresh to me At the same time, it s old fashioned and highly moral in the best sort of Dickensian way There is, as well, a liberal feminist subtext that suits me to a T, as you no doubt recognized when you sent it to me that was part of the Screenwriter s reply to the Director s letter who would film Cadence Roth s autobiographical movie after h [...]


    6. Based on the diaries of Tamara De Treaux, the little person who played the alien in the movie E.T Maupin s Maybe the Moon is a fun read I m not completely sure what liberties Maupin might have taken but I had read that Tamara and Spielberg had differences because Tamara told reporters she was E.T and Spielberg thought she ruined the magic of the film by doing so All of that plays out in the book and there s a fantastic scene where the lead character, Caddy, plans to take revenge on the director [...]


    7. Can a former world s shortest woman who once starred as an elf in a bodysuit in the second highest grossing movie find happiness in Hollywoodland The answer lies partly in the title, and I ll say no about that.Maupin takes a risk writing as the world s former shortest woman in epistolary form, and at times I found it a bit distracting thinking about the research and effort he put in to create this character But overall, he created a wonderfully engaging character with a sense of humour I could [...]


    8. I heard about this book on a Chinese cookery show, of all places, and was intrigued What would it be like to try to make a life and career in the dog eat dog world of Hollywood, standing just 31 inches high What kind of person would it turn you into So I had to find out, and even though I had moments where I was just this close to screaming, I am not sorry I did Cadence Roth has an ego about twice as big as she is, and a large chip on either shoulder She is fiery, feisty, filthy mouthed when she [...]


    9. Semi autobiographical tale about the dwarf who wore the rubber suit that brought a very famous movie alien to life Armistead Maupin was friends with the woman on the inside of E.T Overall, a pretty enjoyable book, and completely readable in that candid, pages fly by way, as all of Maupin s books and stories are But recommended only for those who would be able to read an explicit interracial dwarf sex scene without squeamishness.


    10. This is the story of Cadie Roth, a 31 inch tall dwarf who s an actress and singer, but unrecognized and uncredited for her greatest role Mr Woods think ET Her struggles and triumphs to lead a normal life to be happy,m in love, sad, pissed, in control, dependent are tastefully and sometimes hilariously treated by Maupin The plot is weak, but I like his writing.


    11. This book made me mad when I was done because I realized while I was reading it I could have been reading something else that was actually good.



    12. I fell in love with Maupin s writing through his well known Tales series chronicling the life of Anna Madrigal in the liberal San Francisco To my knowledge this is one of only two books Maupin has written outside that series which in itself is a real shame Vastly different to Tales, this novel chronicles the life of Cady, a dwarf struggling to be accepted in 1991 Hollywood As usual Maupin s brilliant prose enables him to create a cast of characters that the reader quickly associates as their own [...]


    13. 2.5 stars This was Armistead Maupin s first book after several Tales in the City Series I wanted to like it, because Tales of the City gave me a right giggle The pacing was very slow, but the character kept me engaged I should have been delighted by an ending that delivered a twist, and a purely happy ending would have been pat But I felt I had been gypped, like everything I had been reading up to then had been a lie It s this nasty taste in the mouth that has prompted my 2.5 star rating.


    14. This is a wonderful story narrated by a female dwarf actress I ve never read anything that conveys in a believable way what it feels like to be such a person, and in this case does it with humor and with no self pity The ending was a great surprise and a marvelous critique of the way different people are made uninteresting by Hollywood.


    15. This is a fabulous book, remarkably crisp and well written I liked it so much that I was completely enraptured.Cody Roth was incredibly real, lovingly drawn It s the first book in a long time that I hated to see end Maupin is so good at dialogue, something I noticed in his last book.I m definitely going to check out the rest of his city series now


    16. This is Maupin s first novel after the popular TALES OF THE CITY series clearly something completely different It s the first person narrative of Cadence Roth, a short person in show business She played an elf character in a movie that struck a chord with a huge audience, but nobody saw her, neither her face or her soul Now, years after the movie, she ekes out a living, fired on by her feisty character and supportive friends.Maupin draws his characters with a firm hand and as the story unfold, t [...]


    17. I borrowed this randomly from my sister s bookshelf one day, so I had no clue what the story was I only remembered Armistead Maupin from his Tales of the City series which I also enjoyed I can t believe how well Maupin wrote from a woman s perspective The lead character Cady was witty, smart, hilarious, and not at all Mary Sue I finished this book in three days, and each time I was forced to put it down I couldn t wait to pick it back up again The story revolves around the complicated business, [...]


    18. I m torn over how I feel about this book It s one of my friends favorite novels, which always puts a bit of pressure on me to think about how I feel about it.I am also wary of first person, journal style works because they often ring untrue to me, and that s the case with this book While the main character tells the story in her journal with the idea of it eventually becoming something a script, for example , I felt like it was too descriptive, too dry It didn t feel like the type of writing th [...]


    19. I was rooting for her all the way, I wanted her to get on that stage and sing in front of Hollywood and be seen for who she was I found the ending sad and a little bitter Especially the letter from the writer about how he would excise her story Now, this is how I would have ended it I ll be brief.Jeff creates a diversion so she can get on stage with Renee, who has her moment in the limelight in front of all the stars she idolizes.Callum that was his name realizes he s been an arsehole and introd [...]


    20. An aspiring actress in Hollywood is a laughable setup enough for this book if maybe a tad cliche , but then throw on top of that a raucous and glamorous dwarf who s narrating the book, and you ve got a laugh a minute Seriously, I don t find myself laughing out loud at many books, and it happened to me regularly while reading this book It had a noble overall theme about standing out up in a sea of people who want you to be something else It followed some predictable standards the evil agent, lova [...]


    21. Okay maybe 2 It was well written enough with a different enough plot to keep me curious but overall I just can t say I liked it The viewpoint of a dwarf who was once in a classic movie but now forgotten living in Hollywood and hoping to rekindle interest in her as an actress is certainly unique I did become interested in the definitions of dwarf and midget and today s accepted terminology which is little people and in the sorts of challenges faced by being so short being a 6 foot woman myself I [...]


    22. I think this book was interesting, it certainly had an interesting premise, but I felt like it wasn t all it could have been I know he based this novel off of his friend who actually played ET, so he may have been trying to keep the story accurate, but I didn t feel like the plot ever gathered much momentum I also thought it came off as depressing because the tone always seemed ominous as if tragedy was just around the corner maybe the problem was that I figured it probably was after reading Tam [...]


    23. Great story about a dwarf actress whose claim to fame was starring in an ET like movie I ve always loved stories books movies about those who like myself came to Hollywood to make it in some way Most of us, of course, don t make it or have many strange twists and turns on that journey, and this is such a story The heroine, Cady, is a take no prisoners little person who somewhere in the book refers to herself as a fat baby with tits and pubic hair It s hard not to love a character like that I fou [...]


    24. this is the story of a feisty dwarf who dreams of being a hollywood star her big break comes when she is cast as an ET type character or rather the person inside the suit in the box office extravaganza of a film modeled after ET she never has another similar break but always hopes to and he story of her waiting to enter stage left, pouring over the trades, and exhibiting wise cracking humor is enjoyable the book is likable but i didn t love it the concept was really interesting and i some of the [...]


    25. This is the second book I read this week that I didn t know was based on a real person I have always loved Armistead Maupin and I came across this title while searching e books from the library The main character is a little person whose biggest acting role was inside a suit as an elf in a hugely popular movie It is written as diary entries and is apparently based oh the diary of the real actress who was inside the ET suit and was Maupin s friend I really enjoyed this book The characters are all [...]


    26. Talvez a Lua o primeiro romance de Armistead Maupin, publicado logo ap s o sucesso da sua s rie Tales of the City.Baseado na vida de Tamara De Treaux e vagamente inspirado na personagem do ET , de Spielberg, o autor tamb m retrata de alguma forma alguns aspectos da sua vida numa das principais personagens do romance, Jeff.Mas a vida, curta mas intensa da protagonista, uma an , que AM descreve atrav s dos seus di rios uma personagem fascinante, esta Cadence Roth que nos mostra muito da viv ncia d [...]


    27. A masterpiece Once again, Armistead Maupin demonstrates his uncanny ability to portray the society he is living in for those in the future This time, he satirizes the American film and media industry, including its discrimination against and distortion of those who do not fit the right mold And he does it all through the medium of one of the greatest characters ever, the wonderfully witty and sarcastic Jewish dwarf actress singer, Cadence Roth It is impressive how well Maupin writes from the poi [...]


    28. Da ich von Anfang an wusste, dass es sich bei Cady um Tamara de Treaux handelt, las ich das Buch immer im Hinblick auf Fiktion vs Realit t berlegte st ndig, welche Dinge vielleicht komplett erdacht sind ist Elliott schwul Im echten Leben ist er immerhin 2x verheiratet gewesen.Aber egal wie viel Maupin hinzugedichtet hat und was davon wirklich in Tamaras Tageb chern stand, die reale Note verleiht dem Roman auch neben all der Komik eine gewisse Tragik wenn man sich denkt, dass es Tamara sehr oft s [...]


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