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The Voyeur's Motel Hardcover – July 12, 2016
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“This book flipped nearly all of my switches as a reader. It’s a strange, melancholy, morally complex, grainy, often appalling and sometimes bleakly funny book, one that casts a spell not dissimilar to that cast by Janet Malcolm’s The Journalist and the Murderer . . . Gripping . . . [Talese] lays out what he knows and does not know in sentences that are as crisp as good Windsor knots. He expresses his qualms, but trusts the reader to come to his or her own conclusions . . . An intense book.”―Dwight Garner, New York Times
“Informative and intriguing . . . [I] was enlightened and entertained by The Voyeur’s Motel.”―Washington Post
“This is a weird book about weird people doing weird things, and I wouldn’t have put it down if the house were on fire.”―Washington Times
“Whether Gerald Foos is telling the complete truth is almost beside the point. The Voyeur is so fascinating a character―insightful, observant and amoral―that the reader becomes caught up in his story.”―Providence Journal
“Pioneering reporter Gay Talese tells the ultimate surveillance story in The Voyeur’s Motel . . . Talese―a master of elegant, understated prose―uses an objective reportorial style to tell the voyeur’s story, and it’s the right approach for a narrative that requires no extra spice . . . An unforgettable book.”―BookPage
“Foos [is revealed] as a singularly pervy, grandiose, and strangely eloquent weirdo who would be irresistible to any writer, let alone one as talented, patient, and thoughtful as Talese . . . Those seeking a uniquely discomfiting journey couldn’t find a better pair of reprobates with whom to cast their lot.”―Booklist
“Undoubtedly creepy and unnerving but also an entirely compelling slice of seamy American life.”―Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“[A] truly shocking story . . . Not your typical beach book, perhaps, but you may want to read this compulsive page-turner―which raises all sorts of fascinating journalistic, moral and legal issues―under cover of an umbrella.”―Barnes & Noble Review
“A provocative and compelling story.”―Midwest Book Review
“An unsettling read . . . Foos’s notes offer a long-term glimpse into the sex lives of Americans.”―Maclean’s (Canada)
“[An] eye-popping book . . . Completely riveting from start to finish . . . Darkly comical . . . It is by turns fascinating and illuminating, very creepy and very funny, and will live in my memory long after many more doggedly accurate works have vanished into thin air.”―Mail on Sunday (UK)
“A riveting page-turner . . . Short and brisk, it tells a compellingly sordid story, and Foos is one fascinating dude . . . The book is compulsively readable.”―Winnipeg Free Press
About the Author
After a brief stint in the army, Talese returned to the New York Times in 1956. Since then he has written for numerous publications, including Esquire, the New Yorker, Newsweek, and Harper’s Magazine. It was these articles that led Tom Wolfe to credit Gay Talese with the creation of an inventive form of nonfiction writing called The New Journalism.”
Talese’s bestselling books have dealt with the history and influence of the New York Times (The Kingdom and the Power); the inside story of a Mafia family (Honor Thy Father); his father’s immigration to America from Italy in the years preceding World War II (Unto the Sons); and the changing moral values of America in the period between World War II and the AIDS epidemic (Thy Neighbor’s Wife).
Gay Talese lives with his wife, Nan, in New York City.
Top Customer Reviews
I also found no reason to be critical of Mr. Talese's conduct. His actions were appropriate for a journalist.
Unfortunately, the book itself was disappointing, and the article we had read was really just the best and most interesting bits presented in a streamlined fashion. The book, however, was all over the place. It dragged on in many places, like the author was trying to make the book longer. He also kept bringing up anecdotes and unrelated background stories that I guess were meant to add to the story, but as much of it had nothing to do with the voyeur I ended up skimming these bits wondering when we would get back to him, and the juicy bits.
I got about 70% through the book, skipping a few pages here and there when the author got off-track (I have never skipped so much a paragraph in another book). My fiancé made it about a quarter way through before he lost interest.
After we shared the article we had a few people who wanted us to let them know how the book was, and whether they should get a copy or borrow ours... I actually ended up not recommending it.
The author took this amazing content and tried to unnecessarily stretch it out, making it dull. It felt like a student trying to write a 20-page paper with 5 pages of actual content.
If you know nothing about this book and you like good gossip, you would probably enjoy this enough just because there topic is fascinating. If you've heard of the case, you probably already know everything you wanted to know.
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interesting and creepy like other...Read more