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The Brubury Tales [Kindle Edition]

Frank Mundo , Carolyn See
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Book Description

The Brubury Tales is a modern version of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales set in Los Angeles just after the riots. Instead of pilgrims, The Brubury Tales follows 7 security guards on the graveyard shift, who agree to have a storytelling competition to determine vacation time. That is, whoever tells the best story receives the best vacation days, the week from Christmas to New Year's Eve.

The judge of the competition is the narrator, J.T. Glass, an English major at UCLA who describes the events and some 13 stories ("word for word" ) that are told throughout the night. Written entirely in rhyming verse, the tales themselves (based on classic stories*) are funny, sad, serious, political, romantic, religious, literary, satirical and downright dirty pieces that explore family, love, religion, race, marriage, government, education, sex and most importantly, friendship and our responsibilities to one another.

Awards for The Brubury Tales: 
Poet Laureate Award Nomination from UCLA and CAL; 
Reader Views Reviewers Choice Award for Poetry Book of the Year;
Bookhitch Award for the Most Innovative Book of Poetry; and 
A Reason to Rhyme Award from Byline Magazine

 *Dostoevsky, Dickens, Boccaccio, O Henry, Poe, Twain, Gilman, Crane, Saki, Anderson, Bierce, and even Khayyam's Rubaiyat. 

Editorial Reviews


The Brubury Tales [by Frank Mundo] is a landmark book, in what is going to be -- and already is -- an exceptional, distinguished literary career. --Carolyn See of The Washington Post

Mundo's skill is astounding and has a natural cadence. These stories are intriguing and compellingly human, and soon enough the reading becomes listening. --Sacramento Book Review

With inspiration from many literary classics and plenty of original spin, The Brubury Tales is a fine collection and not one to be missed. --Midwest Book Review

The Brubury Tales is a brilliant blend of writing, combining the style of Chaucer while putting a new slant on the short stories of the classical writers. --Reader Views

A unique and powerful new book,The Brubury Tales draws upon Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and classic stories by Mark Twain, Edgar Allan Poe, and Charles Dickens, to name a few. Frank Mundo takes risks with his writing, which is sensitive, thoughtful, and gritty. --LA Books Examiner

"The Brubury Tales by Frank Mundo is a bold homage to Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. Mundo defamiliarizes the tale by placing it in Los Angeles in 1992 shortly after the Riots. Seven security guards on the grave-yard shift swap stories in verse... 232 pages of words, Mundo attributes his 14 years of working as a security guard on the grave-yard shift for his ability to complete long writing projects. His authentic L.A. childhood experiences came out in his verse..."  -- Mike Sonksen for

From the Author

The Brubury Tales is available in paperback, as an eBook for Kindle, and selections read by Frank Mundo are also available on The Brubury Tales MP3.

Product Details

  • File Size: 316 KB
  • Print Length: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Lunatick Trading Company (March 26, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007P73RT2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,292,072 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Secrets of Frank Mundo's The Brubury Tales September 10, 2010
Only a few of us were privy to Frank's writing process during those eight long years when he worked the graveyard shift as a security guard and "moonlighted" as a writer.

Most people probably came to the conclusion that the rhythmic finger-tapping that Frank would do while standing there guarding the Getty Museum's masterpieces was some sort of a nervous twitch . . .

. . . except Frank's finger-tapping was his "handy" method of utilizing iambic pentameter - a commonly used metric in traditional verse and verse drama. The resulting music of his writing is the natural rhythm you'll sense when you read The Brubury Tales.

Even occasionally writing a fast note on a small notepad that he "hid" in his security guard uniform shirt was also nothing out of the ordinary . . .

. . . except that small notepad captured complex moments of Frank's thoughts - sometimes taking weeks to work out just one sentence - or even just one word. Just know that when you read one short sentence from The Brubury Tales that one short sentence could have taken weeks to work out until that very moment when it was finally written down in Frank's notepad.

When you follow the rhythm of Frank's words in every line of The Brubury Tales the results are a visual story which seems deeply personal to Frank - and his audience. No knowledge of Chaucer or his Canterbury Tales is required in order to enjoy Frank's work. It's an equally enjoyable read either way. I can speak from experience on this.

There are secrets, great secrets in Frank's words. You may see you name appear or "hear" a familiar story. Frank writes in a personal style that embraces a combination of reality and imagination. It's his brilliant talent along with his personal writing style that makes his writing so appealing to everyone from the "authority" to the everyman.

I'm so grateful to all who were there for Frank - then and now - all of us who really know. Thank you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Rhythm Just Flows....and the beat goes on September 23, 2011
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After reading Gary, the Four-Eyed Fairy and Other Stories I knew I had to read more from Frank Mundo. The only problem was the fact that this was written utilizing iambic pentameter and that scared the craaaap out of me! I felt like I had to put on my big girl panties to tackle this! So I sucked in a deep breath and dove in and I was blown away. To say Frank writes with style, passion and soul just begins to scratch the surface! His talent makes it seem so simple and easy. These stories and people (they are not just characters) will stay with you. I loved the premise of the whole book. And the fact that Frank makes an appearance in the book as the head boss cracked me up! It just makes you wonder if each and every actor is a piece of Frank also. I will read anything Frank Mundo writes, even if he chooses to use iambic pentameter again!
Thank you for sharing your stories with the world!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book! December 2, 2010
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This is a wonderful piece of literature that was hard to put down. The characters were brought to life in the writing. A definite must read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A work of Poetic Genius! November 28, 2010
While The Brubury Tales is billed as a modern version of The Canterbury Tales in Los Angeles just after the riots, the best part about the book and the stories collected within is the fact that you don't really need to know The Canterbury Tales or the other stories to appreciate Frank Mundo's work. His security guards and the interaction between them is really, for me, the highlight of the book. Mundo clearly took special care to make their stories authentic. Before you know it, the poetry disappears and what's left is the best part of our humanity: the stories that connect us and divide us and shape our community. If you only read one book of poetry this year, The Brubury Tales will not disappoint.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Written July 29, 2012
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Frank Mundo is one talented writer. I've never read anything like The Brubury Tales. It's beautifully written and quite impressive that the whole novel stays in verse. I wasn't familiar with all of the classics related to the story but I loved the story for what it was on its own. And I enjoyed getting to know the characters through his poetic eyes, like when I first met Rolla: "But Rolla was different, she smelled so good, Like chocolate, jasmine and sandalwood." There were so many lines where I had to stop and just take in their beauty before moving along. The Brubury Tales was such an enjoyable read, and Frank Mundo truly is an exceptional talent.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Read, Chaucer Would Be Pleased! November 25, 2010
As someone who typically reads lighter fare, I wasn't sure how I would like this book. I had enjoyed The Canterbury Tales in high school, but wasn't sure whether this modern-day version would hold my interest. As soon as I began the first tale, I found myself drawn in, dying to know what happens next!

The tales vary widely in style and theme - some are very sweet, while others are quite haunting. Everyone will have their favorites. There are a few that I would love to see developed into their own books down the road, as they left me wanting more. It's also worth noting that the language Frank Mundo uses is beautiful, he put a lot of care and cleverness into his rhymes.

If you're looking for a unique read, one that will entertain you with remarkable storytelling and beautiful use of (modern) English, then treat yourself to this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Totally brilliant! September 7, 2010
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Let's face it, writing good verse isn't easy, but writing an entire book in verse - and doing it well - is near impossible. But not for author Frank Mundo. In his brilliant The Brubury Tales, Mundo pays homage to Chaucer as his characters, security guards at a Holiday Inn in LA, compete in an impromptu storytelling contest for days off during Christmas. I finished the book in one sitting - and 8,300 lines of poetry later, The Brubury Tales is by far the most creative book I've read in years! ~ Shelly Rachanow, author,What Would You Do If You Ran the World?: Everyday Ideas from Women Who Want to Make the World a Better Place
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Brubury Tales
When I received my signed copy of Frank Mundo's "The Brubury Tales" I was so excited that I could not wait to start reading this fabulous book. Read more
Published on December 7, 2012 by David J. Delaney
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant work of literature.
Frank Mundo is a genius writer, funny and creative, and his writing is read with ease and rhythm. The characters of these tales are believable while Brubury Tales provides insight... Read more
Published on November 1, 2012 by Adam Titcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo!
Not only is this a read off the beaten path, but you may just sing along with The Brubury Tales rhythmic cadence. Frank Mundo clearly has a unique style and talent!
Published on June 5, 2012 by Doctor Barbara
5.0 out of 5 stars "The Brubury Tales", A Masterpiece!
This book is a masterpiece! I could enjoy historic cycles, suspense and the flow of an amazing, rhymed poetic style that Frank is able to keep throughout the story telling. Read more
Published on June 3, 2012 by LauraLME
5.0 out of 5 stars What A Book.............
Amazing, simply amazing... For those of us who read the Canterbury Tales in school, Frank has now turned the page with a current day articulate style of writing to surprise us with... Read more
Published on December 7, 2010 by CJ Kocher
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!!!
This is a fantastic work of literature! Once you pick it up you won't be able to set it down!
Published on December 5, 2010 by Jacky
5.0 out of 5 stars Humorous and Beautiful Language, Storytelling, and Characters
I really enjoyed reading this book. It is humorous, insightful, and beautifully written. Frank Mundo's use of language is as engaging as his storytelling. Read more
Published on November 27, 2010 by Sara
5.0 out of 5 stars hard to put down!
Mr Mundo captures you with his poetry verses and Each of his characters suck you into their stories. A fun book that you will find hard to put down....
Published on November 27, 2010 by J Cesar Lopez
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More About the Author

Frank Mundo is a full-time writer in Los Angeles. He has a BA in English from UCLA, where he also completed the Creative Writing Program. His stories, poetry, and essays have appeared in dozens of journals, magazines and anthologies in print and online. For over a decade, Mr. Mundo has also been reviewing books for the San Diego Union-Tribune, The New York Journal of Books, Westside Today, The Swamp, The Journal of Cultural Conversation and many more. Frank Mundo is the author of the award-winning novel in verse, The Brubury Tales (foreword by bestselling author and critic Carolyn See), a modern version of The Canterbury Tales, set in Los Angeles; and Gary, the Four-Eyed Fairy and Other Stories, an interconnected collection of his very best short stories published over the last 15 years. Frank's latest book, Different, is an illustrated novella for adults that reimagines Kafka's Metamorphosis and Alice in Wonderland.


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