The Voyeur's Motel

The Voyeur's Motel

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On January 7, 1980, in the run-up to the publication of his landmark bestseller Thy Neighbor's Wife , Gay Talese received an anonymous letter from a man in Colorado. "Since learning of your long awaited study of coast-to-coast sex in America," the letter began, "I feel I have important information that I could contribute to its contents or to contents of a future book." The man went on to tell Talese an astonishing secret, that he had bought a motel to satisfy his voyeuristic desires. He had built an attic "observation platform," fitted with vents, throughwhich he could peer down on his unwitting guests.

Unsure what to make of this confession, Talese traveled to Colorado where he met the man--Gerald Foos--verified his story in person, and read some of his extensive journals, a secret record of America's changing social and sexual mores. But because Foos insisted on remaining anonymous, Talese filed his reporting away, assuming the story would remain untold. Now, after thirty-five years, he's ready to go public and Talese can finally tell his story. The Voyeur's Motel is an extraordinary work of narrative journalism, and one of the most talked about books of the year.
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780802125811
0802125816
Branch Call Number: 306.7709 TALESE G
Characteristics: 233 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 22 cm

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LAUPOTT
Sep 04, 2018

Interesting book, but I find it hard to believe most of what was written & yes, as one person wrote it's true about the next time you go to a cheesy motel (haven't in years, thankfully) the contents of this book will come to mind! There are parts that I feel have been added to spice up the non-story - mostly dull... But still, the read was interesting!

OPL_JaneS May 03, 2018

A lo-fi book for the Information Age, Talese's "The Voyeur's Motel" tells the true story of a man obsessed with spying on his guests. Considering himself to be a sex researcher on the order of Kinsey or Masters & Johnson, Gerald Foos spied on his motel customers for decades in their most intimate moments, getting a front-row seat for the bulk of the Sexual Revolution.

KimG_KCMO Jan 11, 2018

In 2017, Netflix released a documentary based on this book. Titled Voyeur, you can see it here: https://www.netflix.com/title/80176212

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dirtbag1
Nov 20, 2016

He makes a fair comment at the end of the book when he compares his victimless voyeurism to that of Big Brother in the U.S. today. As both of the motels he claims to have done his voyeuristic activities are torn down I have to wonder if this actually took place. However, the author, Gay Talese claims to have joined Mr. Foos at least once. Hard not to think about this the next time you stay at a cheesy motel.

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Persnickety77
Sep 30, 2016

Asinine. This was like reading some lonely dude's letters to Penthouse. I do not doubt that this motel owner spied on hundreds of people over the years, but I doubt the truthfulness of what he witnessed, and I absolutely question his "objective" opinion on what he saw. Terrible journalism on the part of Telese as well.

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