The Voyeur's Motel

The Voyeur's Motel

Book - 2016
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Reveals the story of a man who bought a motel and secretly observed his guests to satisfy his voyeuristic desires, and kept extensive journals capturing the changing sexual mores of the country.
Publisher: New York :, Grove Press,, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780802125811
Characteristics: 233 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 22 cm


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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:

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.

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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